Why Study With Us?
Our mantra is Enjoyment in Learning. If you enjoy wine, you will enjoy even more learning all the fun facts about wine growing, wine making, wine tasting, and the business of wine.
Our Experience is Your Opportunity
The simple answer is that between the three of us we have done it all. Andrew and his family have planted vineyards starting from scratch, and learned how to make wine by doing the work. Tracy, in addition to working in her own winery in Napa Valley, knows wine sales from import to wholesale to retail, as well as high end restaurant service. Chris used his extensive international business experience and knowledge of the wine industry to set up successful wine marketing companies, covering all aspects of the business from the cellar door to the retail shelf. There is no better to way to learn than from someone who has been there and done that.
What is WSET?
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET and WSET Awards) is an awarding body and registered charity devoted to the development and delivery of qualifications and courses in wines and spirits. Established in 1969 for the UK wine trade, WSET has since grown to become the global industry leader in education.
As an independent, not-for-profit organization, WSET’s educational products offer impartial and sound learning on which individuals and businesses can build knowledge and expertise.
There are approximately 600 Approved Program Providers (APPs) operating in more than 70 countries and 19 languages. WSET is the gold standard in internationally recognized, job-relevant credentialing for the wine and spirits trade, and The Virginia Wine Academy is proud to be the first APP based in the Commonwealth of Virginia.