Napa Valley Wine Academy

Test your knowledge about Emerging Wine Countries

Emerging Wine Countries

The wine industry is constantly evolving, with several emerging wine countries gaining recognition for their unique and high-quality wines. Some of the latest entrants in the global wine scene include:

  1. China: With significant investments in vineyard development and winemaking technology, China is rapidly becoming a notable wine producer. The Ningxia region, in particular, is gaining acclaim for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends.

  2. India: India’s wine industry is blossoming, especially in regions like Nashik and Karnataka. The country is producing a range of varietals, including Shiraz, Chenin Blanc, and Viognier, adapting well to its diverse climate conditions.

  3. Brazil: Known more for its coffee, Brazil is now making a name in the wine world, particularly for its sparkling wines. The Serra Gaúcha region is at the forefront of this movement, producing exceptional sparkling and still wines.

  4. Lebanon: Although winemaking in Lebanon has ancient roots, it has recently been garnering more international attention. The Bekaa Valley is the center of this resurgence, known for its Bordeaux-style blends and indigenous grapes like Obaideh and Merwah.

  5. England: England has emerged as a significant producer of sparkling wines, thanks to its chalky soil and climate conditions similar to France’s Champagne region. English sparkling wines are gaining a reputation for their quality, often compared favorably with their French counterparts.

  6. Mexico: Mexican wines, particularly from the Baja California region, are attracting global interest. The Valle de Guadalupe is producing excellent red blends and varietals like Grenache and Tempranillo.

  7. Greece: While Greece has a long history of winemaking, it’s only recently that its wines, especially from indigenous varieties like Assyrtiko, Agiorgitiko, and Xinomavro, are gaining international acclaim.

  8. Slovenia: This small European country is making waves with its white wines, especially those from the regions of Brda and Podravje. Slovenia’s focus on sustainable and natural winemaking is also drawing attention.

  9. Thailand: Surprising to many, Thailand is producing wine in its cooler, hilly regions like Khao Yai. Winemakers are experimenting with grape varieties and techniques to suit the tropical climate, producing unique and intriguing wines.



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).

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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