Wine Courses in Philadelphia

Introductory Wine Courses (L1)

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

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Core Sommelier Courses (L2&3)

To earn your sommelier pin,  you must complete the Core  Sommelier program. The Core includes two sections: the Foundation (Level Two) and the Intermediate (Level Three). The two Core programs can be taken separately or together.
Online sommelier certification courses are available.

Wine Sommelier Certification

Our critically acclaimed academic programs range from online wine courses to master-level certification. 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 main classroom in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood with options to take sommelier certification programs online, as well.

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.

Become a Wine Sommelier

Professional sommelier certification is authorized by the National Wine School (NWS), one of the major professional wine certification agencies in the United States. The NWS issues sommelier certification and pins up to the master sommelier level.  The Wine School of Philadelphia itself does not issue professional certification.

Master Certifcation for Sommeliers (L5)

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

Sommelier Class 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 offered by all major wine certification bodies in the United States.  Our programs also have the option for national sommelier certification via the National Wine School.

Due to our premier status, we can offer certification coupled with our independently-developed curriculum. 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. To earn the core sommelier certificate, the student must complete the Foundation (L2) and Intermediate (L3) programs. These two critically acclaimed programs can be taken 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 if you register for the Core Program, which includes the Foundation and the Intermediate wine courses in a single semester.

Intermediate Wine Course

The entire world of wine in a single semester. All major wine regions and grape varietals are covered in this exhaustive overview of modern winemaking. 

  • 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.

Sommelier Training Courses

Advanced Sommelier Classes

Complete four semesters in the Advanced Program to earn your Advanced Wine Diploma and pin. Every semester take 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 of these 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 executive director of the school. This often results in great 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 gone on to become winemakers, wine writers, sommeliers, importers, and educators, among other careers. Graduated earn their master-level sommelier pin from the National Wine School, the highest available in the wine trade.

  • Personal Mentorship
  • Master Somm 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 it 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.

For those looking for certification, the National Wine School in California is our preferred national accreditor.  As a professional certifying body, we believe NWS offers the most 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 Sommelier Class

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

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