Napa Wine Academy

Napa Wine Academy

Napa Valley Wine Academy is America’s Premier Wine School™ based in Napa Valley California and is proud to be an approved program provider of the internationally recognized WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) wine and spirit and Sommelier courses across the US. Our California-based school offers wine and spirit certification courses, and workshops that are ideal for both the enthusiast and wine and beverage industry professionals alike. Whether you want to learn about wine or spirits, for business or pleasure, our certification classes, workshops, and tastings are perfect for you. Our academy combines the unparalleled knowledge and passion of our instructors, with a friendly, approachable style. Come experience wine education at its best at one of our locations across the US.

Their Napa Valley Education Center is situated in the heart of California’s most famous wine region and also serves as their 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 them, 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, they even set you up with a private itinerary.

The Napa Valley Wine Academy offers courses in several of America’s best-known wine markets: Napa Valley, Santa Barbara, California and at Bern’s Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida in addition to locations in Colorado, Ohio, Tennessee, Nevada (Las Vegas) and Orlando, Florida.

Wine classes include those for enthusiasts such as Wine 101 as well as numerous certification courses for beginners as well as advanced students. The Academy is an Approved Program Provider with The Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London and a private school member of the Society of Wine Educators. they offer the International Wine Professional, American Wine Expert, French Wine Society, and SommDay tasting and service sommelier classes with Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser, among numerous other classes.

Their 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.

They 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.

Question and Answer:

  1. What can I do with wine education?. Wine education benefits both enthusiasts and those seeking employment or already employed in the wine industry. From individuals to restaurant servers, retail workers, sales, and marketing teams, to business owners–everyone benefits.
  2. Will we only be trying Napa wines?. No, while you are in a Napa Valley-based Wine Academy their focus is on wines of the world and as such wines from around the world are part of almost every class.

Bottom line:

Why study at Napa wine Academy?. You will be studying 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. You will learn to swirl, sip, taste and pair wines from our Education Center in Downtown Napa in the heart of Napa Valley. Their 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.


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