Wine Courses in Philadelphia

Sommelier Certification

Wine Course Overview


The Wine School of Philadelphia was founded in 2001 by Keith Wallace. A graduate of the country’s most prestigious viticulture and enology program, Mr. Wallace developed the entirety of the School’s curriculum. His aim: To create an academic experience that instills in students a knowledge of wine that goes beyond memorization and recitation. The programs at the incorporate the most up-to-date and effective teaching methodology available. In fact, the Wine School’s programs have now been used by several universities, including Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania.

Outside of a university, the Wine School is the only wine education center in America that offers certification coupled with an independently-developed curriculum. The capstone of our program is the Diploma Oenotropae, a high achievement reserved for those students who have exhibited a mastery of the subject.  Students who have earned their Diploma have gone on to become winemakers, wine writers, importers, and educators, among other careers.


Wine Program Structure


Our full program takes approximately two years to complete. Students looking to accelerate their studies may take up to two courses each eight-week semester, beginning with the Core Program. The Core program includes the Foundation and the Global Intermediate Program, the completion of which allows students to enter our Advanced programs. Students may earn certification upon successful completion of the program(s).

The Core Program

There are two certification courses in the Core Wine Program. They are the essential programs for all wine students. By enrolling in the Core program,  a wine student will gain the core skills essential to anyone in the world of wine. When the programs are taken together in the same semester, the student receives a discounted price.

  • Foundation Program
  • Global Intermediate Program

Available Core Wine Courses

Advanced Wine Program

The Advanced Program is a  a master-level study in wine.   It consists of four semesters, including two required wine courses and two electives.  The courses  do not have to be taken in any specific order. Examples of an Advanced elective course include: the Wine Regions of Italy, Bordeaux & Beyond, the Wines of Spain, Advanced France, or Tuscany & Beyond.

  • New World Essentials
  • Old World Essentials
  • Advanced Elective
  • Advanced Elective

Available Advanced Courses

Diploma Oenotropae Program

The crowing achievement in wine education. The wine diploma program requires the student to have successfully have completed the requirements for both the Core and Advanced programs.  The final element is completing a Thesis Project under the tutelage of a Master Sommelier-Instructor.

  • Thesis Project

Advanced Electives

Advanced Italy, South.  This section covers Sicily, Campania, Lazio, Molise, Lazio, Sardinia and Abruzzi

Advanced Italy, North.   This section covers Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche.

Advanced France, South. This section covers Bordeaux, Rhone, Languedoc, and Provence.

Advanced France, North. This section covers Burgundy, Loire, Alsace,  and Champagne.

Advanced Spain. This course covers all of the major Spanish wine regions, focusing on those in Galicia, Aragón, Catalonia, Valencia, Castilla Y Leon, and Andalucía.

Advanced California. This course covers all the major  California wine regions, including Napa Valley, Sonoma County,  Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo, and Mendocino County.

Professional Wine Certification


Wine Classes are held at our facilities in Philadelphia. However, all professional wine certification tests are processed online and comes through the National Wine School in California.

For more information regarding the professional certification, please click on the button below.

Professional Wine Certification


 The Wine School is a great place to build knowledge and pursue your passion.
 Jonathan Newman, Wine Enthusiast’s Man of the Year


 It is due to The Wine School of Philadelphia that I attended and graduated from the School for Oenology and Viticulture at the University of California at Davis.
 Jenny Schultz, Enologist at Three Sticks Wines in Sonoma


 We would never be where we are today without your class.
 Richard Smock of Outpost Winery, Napa Valley


 The Foundation program is truly a unique and enjoyable learning experience… it is the only chemistry class you will fall in love with.
  Bob Pigeon, Executive Editor of De Capo Press


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