Napa Valley Wine Academy

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines | In-Person

Advanced Knowledge & Tasting Skills​​​

Gain a professional understanding of wine to improve career opportunities and personal recognition in the industry​

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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines | In-Person

Advanced certification for the serious student

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Online Wine Academy™ Student Portal

Accelerate your learning with access to our proprietary student platform, where you can ask questions, get answers, and engage with other wine experts.


Test Taking Strategies

We don’t just teach the material, we prepare you for the tests. We provide study packs, mock exam questions and tasting activities for every level.


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Our industry experts are also expert instructors. We train them ourselves. They don’t just have knowledge, they also know how to share it.

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Everything You Need to Excel at WSET Level 3

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines | In-Person


Have you considered Level 3 certification but feel intimidated by other students’ stories?

Earning this advanced certification isn’t easy, but we arm you for success. We teach our students the WSET way of thinking. You’ll not only know the material, but you’ll also understand what they are looking for so you can feel confident on test day. You’ll also be ready for the blind tasting portion of the exam with guided tastings of approximately 80 benchmark wines. To read the course nitty-gritty, CLICK HERE.

This course will help you develop an extensive understanding of wines. You’ll learn all major grape varieties and wine styles produced around the world and understand what influences their style and quality. 

By the end of WSET Level 3, you’ll be able to:

    • Understand the key factors in wine production, including location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation, and bottling
    • Identify key characteristics of still, sparkling, and fortified wines of the world
    • Evaluate wines with blind tasting using WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting®  (SAT)

Please read our In-Person refund and transfer policy before purchasing.

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification.

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WSET Level 3 is ideal for:

  • Highly motivated individuals hoping to continue their wine education journey (Level 2 certification highly recommended)
  • Those working in the retail or hospitality industry who want to assist in product selection
  • Enthusiasts who want a detailed understanding of grape growing and winemaking


Trained WSET Instructors | Online Support | 73% pass rate for Level 3

Wine education is complex enough. Here’s how we make it easy to achieve certification:

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WSET Level 3 includes

Approximately 30 hours of guided training, divided into either weekly classes or short intensives. Strategy guides, bonus videos and other resources on Online Wine Academy™ ensure you are ready for test day.

Online Wine Academy™ Student Portal

Get access to live webinars, plus a video library to further hone your skills and expand your knowledge.

NVWA Student-Only Community

Ask questions and get answers with NVWA certified experts. Plus, engage with our +4,000 community.



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Join us for live webinars, ask questions, and accelerate your wine knowledge with our certified wine experts.

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Celebrate your success with a deeper appreciation and understanding of what’s in the glass!

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The WSET Level 3 can be completed in 8 weekly classes or short, 5-day intensivesPlease note that the exam is completed in person at one of our testing locations.   This course provides a more in-depth and comprehensive look at the world of wines with an intense focus on systematically and professionally tasting wines. You will actively taste along with your classmates approximately 80 benchmark wines, helping calibrate your palate to your WSET-Certified instructor. You will also have access to the post-course exam prep module on our proprietary learning platform, which contains flashcards, a compendium of mock multiple choice and short answer questions, lecture videos and more. To successfully obtain the WSET® Level 3 Award Certification in Wine, students must take a two-part exam: a written and tasting portion in person at one of our Level 3 testing locations. Upon successful completion of this WSET® Level 3 Certification Course and Exam, you will have gained:

  • In-depth training on wines of the world with an understanding of the factors that influence style, quality, and price.
  • Knowledge applicable to sales, hospitality, and wholesale areas of the industry, but also to those wishing to gain a deeper knowledge of wines around the world.
  • An advanced Level 3 Award in Wines Certification from the WSET®
  • Ability to request and use the official logo — WSET® Certified Advanced — on your business cards, websites, and other professional material.
  • The required pre-requisite for WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wine.

The level of Knowledge Needed to Take This Course: WSET® Level 2 certification highly recommended

  • This course is ideal for anyone wishing to hold knowledge of the leading wines of the world and to master a systematic approach to tasting that lets students access their quality and price.
  • Level 3 is particularly recommended to equip those employed around the world in the wine industry with the authority and confidence to make informed decisions in a wide variety of trade situations. For those in a supervisory capacity, or those wishing to advance to such a position, the course provides the skills to advise management or customers on wine selections.
  • This course is also for wine collectors or wine enthusiasts who wish to gain a better knowledge of wine to recognize varied wines around the world and the ability to access their quality and the price being asked for such wines.

WSET Level 3 exam registration included. All WSET Level 3 certification exams are ordered 30 business days before the exam date as per WSET requirements. If you opt-out less than four weeks before the course we will not be able to cancel the order with the WSET and exam reorder fees apply.

**Please note: in-person courses may be transitioned to online courses with wine kit shipments pending the development of Covid-19. If traveling for this course, we highly encourage purchasing travel insurance.**



Knowledge Level



WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)


Level 3

Region of Study


Course Type

Enthusiast, Professional



Course Format


Want to know if this program is right for you?

Schedule a call to speak with one of our WSET diploma series experts.

Do you prefer the convenience of online learning?

We offer WSET courses online that include wine kits, live tasting webinars and virtual instruction

How We’re Different

We’re Premier, not Pretentious

We design our programs for students, not snobs. We know wines are complex, but believe wine education should be approachable and fun.

(There’s a reason we have some of the highest pass rates in the industry.)

WSET Educator of the Year 2016


WSET Educator of the Year 2019
Helping enthusiasts and professionals become confident wine authorities.

WSET LEVEL 3 Award in Wines In Person – The Nitty Gritty

COMMUNICATE and TASTE wines with your instructor during the the scheduled class dates and times listed.

PRE-COURSE STUDY Upon enrollment, students gain access to their online course for preparation before the in-person class. Our online course study is self-paced and accessible 24/7 with videos, hands-on experiments and interactive quizzes. Level 3 requires approximately 50 pre-course study hours.

ACCESS to the course material is for a full 12 months so you can start studying from the day of enrollment, prior to the in-person class dates.

STUDY MATERIALS: The WSET Level 3 Wines course is supported by a study guide and workbook.  We ship out hard copy study packs to students within the continental US upon enrollment or email ebook version, if preferred.  International students are given access to an ebook online version via the WSET Global online portal (not downloadable or printable). Ebooks are accessible for 2 years through WSET Global portal.

We are happy to accommodate students wanting hardcopy options via reliable shipping channels with proven addresses. All additional fees are payable by the student and receipt only guaranteed through the Shipper (UPS, DHL, FEDEX). Contact us with a preferred shipper and address if you wish to purchase a hardcopy version.  We will vet shipping prices and time estimates best suited for delivery.

RECOMMENDED STUDY HOURS needed to pass the exam with distinction is 84 hours, made up of 32.5 Guided Learning Hours and 51.5 hours private study.

EXAM is scheduled at the end of the course. LEVEL 3 Wines EXAM must be done in person at one of our testing locations. The timed 2-part exam consists of a Blind Tasting portion evaluating 2 wines and a Theory Examination with 50 multiple choice questions and 4 Short written answer questions. Exam dates for the in-person courses are scheduled at the end of the course or defer and choose the exam date and location that works best for you from our Level 3 Wine Exam Info page within one year of the course start date. Exam cost is included with the course.

WANT MORE HELP? We’ve got you covered! Additional study materials are available free on our  Resources section of this website with free videos, webinars and online tastings. We also offer individual coaching with our experts!

PREREQUISITE: This is an advanced level course.  Students not holding WSET Level 2 Certification in wines or equivalent are invited to take the free placement test to assess their readiness via link on the main product page.


Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

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Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


3555 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109


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Mariott Santa Ynez

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

April 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


555 McMurray Road

Buelton, CA 93427


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Art Hotel Denver

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Mountain)


1201 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203


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Aloft Nashville

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Central)


1719 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203


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Epicurean Hotel

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern)


1207 S Howard Ave,

Tampa, FL 33606


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Street View of HQ

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

January 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559