Wine Certification Courses

Our critically acclaimed academic programs range from online wine courses to master-level certification. For example, certification can take as little as a week for our Accelerated Summer School and up to two years to complete the Advanced Wine Course. Classes are held at our primary classroom in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, with options to take sommelier certification programs online, as well.

Introductory Wine Courses (L1)

Level one is an online wine course that you can complete at your own pace. Level one courses are not required to take the Core program at the Wine School. However, it is a great place to start if you haven’t attended wine classes before.

Core Sommelier Courses (L1 to L3)

Are you looking to earn your sommelier pin? Then, enrolling in the Core  Sommelier program is what you need to do. This wine course includes the Foundation (Level Two) and the Intermediate (Level Three). You can take the two Core programs separately or together.

Advanced Wine Courses (L4)

Learn from our top sommelier professors. Advanced and Master wine courses are offered every semester. Our top alumni earn their Advanced pins and go on to do great things. Programming includes full-semester programs, including winemaking certification.

Professional sommelier certification is managed and authorized by the National Wine School (NWS), a significant professional wine certification agency in the United States. The NWS issues sommelier certification and pins up to the master level. The Wine School of Philadelphia itself does not give professional accreditation.

Master Certifcation for Sommeliers (L5)

To start your journey towards earning your Level Five pin, you must complete the Core and Advanced programs. In addition, level five candidates must apply to the Master in Wine Society membership before being considered for this program.

Completing A Sommelier Class

Sommelier School Information

Programs at the Wine School fall in line with national standards for the highest level of wine education. We offer five levels of wine courses, which correspond directly to the programs provided by all significant wine certification bodies in the United States. In addition, our programs offer national sommelier certification via the National Wine School.

Due to our premier status, we can offer certification coupled with our independently-developed curriculum. As a result, our programs have been the basis for wine education programs at many schools, including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel.

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The Core Sommelier Classes

Level one certification is not required to attend the Core Wine Couse. However, to earn the core sommelier certificate, the student must complete the Foundation (L2) and Intermediate (L3) programs. You can take these two critically acclaimed programs in tandem (this is known as “taking the Core”) or in two separate semesters. By enrolling in the Core program, the student can attend Wine School at a discounted rate.

Foundation Wine Course

Super-charge your palate and learn how to taste like a master sommelier. The patent-pending approach to wine tasting is nothing less than exhilarating.

  • National Wine School
  • Level 2 Certification
  • Top Rated on SOMM
  • A Core Program
  • One Semester

You will save hundreds of dollars in a single semester if you register for the Core Program, including the Foundation and the Intermediate wine courses.

Intermediate Wine Course

Understand the entire world of wine in a single semester. This comprehensive overview of modern wine culture covers all major wine regions and grape varietals. 

  • National Wine School
  • Level 3 Certification
  • Top Rated on SOMM
  • A Core Program
  • One Semester

Professional certification comes with the most up-to-date reading material available in the wine trade. Only students and graduates of the program have access.

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Advanced Sommelier Classes

Complete four semesters in the Advanced Program to earn your Advanced Wine Diploma and pin. Every semester takes you one step closer to the coveted Advanced Sommelier pin. Moreover, each Advanced Wine Program is a certification unto itself. These programs include Food and Wine Pairing, Winemaker Certification, Italian Wine Specialist,  Luxury Wine Scholar, and many more. Earn four professional wine certifications, and you qualify for your Advanced Sommelier Diploma.

  • 4 Professional Certifications
  • Advanced Sommelier Pin
  • Top Rated on SOMM
  • National Wine School
  • Four Semesters

Advanced program students are eligible for one-on-one counseling from the school’s executive director. This benefit often results in significant new opportunities.

Master Certifcation for Sommeliers

Only the top tier of Advanced Sommeliers in America are invited into the Master Wine Program. A six-month program guided by your professional mentor. The capstone of our wine programming This achievement is reserved for those students who have exhibited a mastery of the subject and have been inducted into the Master in Wine Society. Students who have completed this ultimate wine program have become winemakers, wine writers, sommeliers, importers, and educators, among other careers. In addition, graduates of this program earn their master-level sommelier pin from the National Wine School, the highest available in the wine trade.

  • Personal Mentorship
  • Master Level Pin
  • Top Rated on SOMM
  • National Wine School
  • Master Thesis Required

There are five names for the same certification: Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Master Somm, Diploma Enotropae, and Level IV Sommelier.

Professional Wine Certification

Wine classes are held at our facilities in Philadelphia. Professional certification is not required to attend a course at the Wine School. Like all wine education schools in the USA, we do not directly confer professional or sommelier certifications.

The National Wine School in California is our preferred national accreditor for certification. As a professional certifying body, we believe NWS offers the best professional and reliable certification in the wine trade. For details, we suggest checking out SOMM. Students who achieve a Level III and above qualify for sommelier pins.

Master-Level Wine Course

The student must first be accepted into the Master in Wine Society to earn the master-level pin. Then, if accepted, the wine student must complete a demanding master thesis project. The project takes one to two years to complete.

6 thoughts on “Wine Certification Courses”

  1. I’m interested in enrolling in the Core Somm Course but still have questions regarding it’s exact format.

    Could you please tell me if this is asynchronous learning ?? Or will I be required to attend at a certain day/time each week?

    Additionally, when will the next course begin? Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find any dates for really anything. Thanks!

  2. Hello, I am interested in doing that virual wine tasting that is offered through your wine school. Can you please send me some available dates

  3. I’m a student from escuela argentina de Sommelier and I want no learn more from different schools


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