Root Out Your Passion for Education at America’s Premier Wine School

Wine is our passion and education is our mission. We believe in inspiring and empowering you to discover the world of wine. This core value is at the heart of everything we do. If you have always wanted to learn more about wine from passionate industry professionals that have been in your shoes and now hold some of the highest certifications in the wine world, then Napa Valley Wine Academy is the right place.


WSET Educator of the Year 2016
WSET Educator of the Year 2019
  1. On January 22, 2020 we were awarded the prestigious Riedel Trophy for the WSET GLOBAL Educator of the Year by The Wine & Spirit Trust in London England for the second time, having won the award before on January 23, 2017 
  2. You’ll study in an environment of professional and approachable learning — both inside the classroom and on-sight, with visits to wineries, vineyards, and barrel cooperages, all literally down the road from our academy.
  3. You’ll learn to swirl, sip, taste and pair wines from our Education Center in Downtown Napa in the heart of Napa Valley.
  4. Our instructors are the “Who’s Who” of wine and wine education, including Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, Certified Wine Educators and Diploma holders with the WSET, as well as guest lecturers from around the Napa Valley and other important global wine regions.
  5. You’ll be a welcome addition to our community of enthusiasts, educators and industry pros–all sharing the same passion for wine, spirits, and food.
  6. With your WSETAWEIWCCSW or FWS certification, you will be better prepared for the wine career of your dreams.
  7. Our students rave about us! Check out our testimonials page.

Location Matters

Our courses are offered in several of America’s best-known wine epicenters from the Napa Valley and Santa Barbara, California, to the world famous Bern’s Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida as well as locations in Florida, Cleveland, Ohio and Denver, Colorado, and Nashville Tennessee.

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Our Napa Valley Education Center is situated in the heart of California’s most famous wine region and also serves as our headquarters. From your chair at our purpose-built education center, you’ll delve deep into regions and grape varieties while expanding your ability to taste. And with us, unlike any other school in the country, you’ll take your experience beyond the classroom, into a hands-on world with one of our instructor-led field trips, into vineyards, into wineries and cooperages, face-to-face with winemakers. If that isn’t quite enough, we’ll even set you up with a private itinerary.

Our Tampa, Florida courses are located in the Epicurean Hotel, part of the world famous Bern’s Steak House, which has earned the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 1981. You’ll engage with our world-class instructors from the state-of-the-art Epicurean Theater.

We are an Approved Program Provider with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London as well as a private school member of the Society of Wine Educators. We also offer continuing wine education classes through our Wine Academy Course™ and Wine Academy Tastings™ that focus on exploring specific regions and wines of the world and we specialize in corporate wine and food events.

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