The rigorous four-day American Wine Studies™ certification course takes participants through the epic history of trials, tribulations and breakthroughs of the American wine industry, dating back to the 1600s. During the first three days, participants will delve into the current state of the industry from labeling laws and the three-tier distribution system to the marketing practices of American wines today. The course covers in-depth topics such as America’s geography, history, climate, major grape varieties and their best growing regions, tasting samples of wines from the major producing areas and America’s wine laws (DTC and distribution). In addition, interactive exercises will features discussions on wine tasting and evaluation. Over 40 wines will be tasted, with conversation focusing on key regions across the U.S., providing a depth and breadth and understanding of distinct wines styles from around the nation.The fourth day is dedicated to the exam.
What people are saying about the course:
Great course! Great instructors!
This course is the only course that looks explicitly at American wines, and the wines tasted in class really solidified the topics covered in lecture. Really a great experience for anyone interested in what America has to offer in the wine world.
Stephen S. - Tenesse -AWS Graduate
The Napa Valley Wine Academy’s American Wine Studies course offers a first-rate, comprehensive journey through the American wine industry. Led by passionate and knowledgeable instructors, students will walk away with a great understanding, and practical tasting experience, of our country’s wines.
Linda Murphy Co-Author with Jancis Robinson MW, American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of the United States
Breakdown of Sessions
The American Wine Studies™ certification program consists of Nine (9) units followed by an exam. Each interactive session covers one unit, hosted by wine industry experts on the subject of wines made in America. The sessions will cover the following topics and will include wine tastings to illustrate the wines discussed in each unit:
- Unit 1: Introduction to the History of Wine in America Unit 2: Wine Laws, Regulations and Industry Numbers
- Unit 3: American Vines: Native, Hybrid, Vinifera Grapes
- Unit 4: Principles of Wine Tasting
- Unit 5: The Wines of the East Coast
- Unit 6: The Wines of the Interior
- Unit 7: The Wines of the Pacific Northwest
- Unit 8: The Wines of Northern California
- Unit 9: The Wines of the Mid to Southern California
Earning your AWS (American Wine Studies) Certificate
Students are assessed by a two-part American Wine Studies closed-book examination paper totaling a possible 100 points. A candidate will be required to pass with a minimum mark of 75% to earn the AWS Credential and certificate.
- Part one of the examination is comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions, with one point awarded for each correct answer.
- Part two of the examination is comprised of a combination of 10 fill-in the blank/matching questions, with 5 points awarded for each correct answer.
The examination paper is to be completed in 1 hour. All examination questions are based on the published learning objectives and the recommended study materials contain the information required to answer these questions correctly. A list of active AWEs will be maintained on the Napa Valley Wine Academy website. The certificate in American Wine Studies is a permanent accomplishment.
Who is the American Wine Studies Course designed for?
The AWS course is recommended for anyone who wants to certify their knowledge base on the subject of American wine. Students entering the program should posses a basic level of understanding of the fundamentals of wine and wine terminology. The program is designed to educate students on the many aspects of American wine, giving them a high level of confidence when discussing American wine at a professional level.
The American Wine Studies program is highly recommended for all wine professionals who actively work with American wines or desire a deeper understanding of the American wine landscape. The AWS is also a great program for wine enthusiasts who enjoy American wines and want a deeper understanding of the influences that shape the U.S. wine styles and regions.
Tuition $1,195 (includes all study materials, exam fees, 3-day intensive and daily lunches.)