Napa Valley Wine Academy


at Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards


Napa Valley Wine Academy’s partnership with Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards presents a unique opportunity to expand our educational offerings, especially within the sphere of WSET Wine courses in the Santa Barbara area. 

This collaboration allows us to share Buttonwood Farm & Vineyard’s rich history, diverse terroir, and extensive vineyard to enhance the learning experience of our students, particularly those enrolled in our WSET courses.

This exclusive 42-acre vineyard unfolds across a radiant mesa, part of a larger 106-acre estate, offering an idyllic setting for your wine education journey. 


Buttonwood Farm and Vineyards - WSET Classes - Napa Valley Wine Academy
Buttonwood Vineyard

The experiential learning opportunities at Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards are designed to enhance our curriculum by offering hands-on experience in a real-world setting. Students can learn about different grape varieties, viticulture practices, and the impact of terroir on wine quality. Moreover, the vineyard’s proximity to other agricultural pursuits, such as olives, pomegranates, and peaches, provides a broader perspective on sustainable farming and its relevance to the wine industry.

Location: Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards at 1500 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang, CA 93463

Master the Art of Wine with Napa Valley Wine Academy's WSET Courses in Santa Barbara at Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards.

Our program is uniquely designed to blend traditional classroom learning with hands-on experiences in the vineyard and winery.

Discover the intricacies of grape cultivation and the art of winemaking, all within the stunning backdrop of Buttonwood’s vineyards. 

This unique collaboration between the award-winning Napa Valley Wine Academy and Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards offers an unparalleled opportunity to embark on your wine education journey.

Enroll in our WSET Level 1 class at Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards, and take your first step towards mastering the world of wine with guidance from the best in the field.In Santa Barbara, we offer The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 – 3 in (wine, spirits, and sake) as well as a host of online courses perfect for the sommelier students, wine professional, or wine enthusiast who wants to learn more about wine, spirits, and sake.
Explore our offering below.

A unique hands on WSET Wine educational experience with Napa Valley Wine Academy at Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards

The partnership with Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards means that students can expect to:

  • Engage in Vineyard Walks and Field Studies: Direct interaction with the vineyard allows students to observe and learn viticultural techniques firsthand, from soil management to grape harvesting.
  • Participate in Winemaking Workshops: The winemaking process at Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards, from fermentation to bottling, offers practical insights into the art and science of wine production.
  • Explore Wine Tasting and Evaluation: Guided wine tastings by WSET educator experts provide students with the opportunity to develop their sensory evaluation skills, crucial for any wine professional.
  • Understand Sustainable Farming Practices: The diverse ecosystem at Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards serves as an excellent example of sustainable agriculture, aligning with our commitment to promoting environmentally responsible viticulture.

This partnership represents a significant enhancement to our educational offerings, underlining the Napa Valley Wine Academy’s commitment to providing comprehensive, hands-on wine education. It not only enriches the learning experience for our students but also strengthens our ties to the wine community in Santa Barbara and beyond. By integrating the resources and expertise of Buttonwood Farm & Vineyards into our WSET courses, we are setting a new standard for wine education that is both immersive and insightful.



Discover all the main styles of wine made from wine grapes around the world

Vector 1


Learn about the main wine growing regions of the world

Vector 2


The soil, climate and weather

Vector 3


Begin the journey to understanding the WSET "Standard Approach to Tasting"


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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