National Wine School

Sommelier Certification and Accreditation


Top rated sommelier certification from the National Wine School. Located in Los Angeles, California.  Their wine certification exams offer a wide range of certifications, from Level Two (Foundation) certificate to their Level Five Master-Level Sommelier Certification, the Diploma Oenotropae.


The National Wine School administers sommelier exams and issues professional wine certificates. They are the only ACAP accredited sommelier school in America. It is also the only professional wine school that is ANSI and ADA compliant.  SOMM rates NWS as the top sommelier school in the US, and we wholeheartedly agree.


Along with certification, NWS offers an  online wine education site that is intuitive and easy to use. You can read about wine and take exams right from your smart phone. If you attend the Core Wine Course, you will have lifetime access to all of the National Wine School material.




Professional Sommelier School

Students can earn professional certification through the National Wine School (NWS) in California. Along with professional certification, the National Wine School gives students access to extensive reading material for each wine course.

All testing, accreditation and sommelier certification are issued  through the National Wine School in Los Angeles, California. The Wine School of Philadelphia does not issue university degrees or professional certifications. To opt for sommelier certification via the National Wine School, please select the “National Certification” option during checkout.

Sommelier Certifications

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To earn the  Advanced Sommelier pin, the student must complete four sections of the Advanced program.  At the National Wine School, the Advanced Sommelier Certification is awarded along with the Baccalaureate Vigne et Vin. However, the BVV is awarded only to exemplary students who have earned a recommendation by a member of the National Wine School's Board of Directors. The honor carries with it the right to the post-nominal letters of BVV.

Each section of the Advanced program also comes with its own certification. Students are not required to complete the whole Advanced Sommelier program to earn these individual world-class certifications. 






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Level V Sommelier

Master-Level Sommelier certification one of the top achievements in the wine trade. At the National Wine School, the award is also known as the  Diploma Oenotropae. It is only awarded to the top 1% of sommelier candidates. To achieve this award, one must earn the Advanced Sommelier award and complete the Master's Thesis. The honor carries with it the right to the post-nominal letters of DOE.

There are several agencies that certify master-level sommeliers, each has its own trademark.   Master of Wine, Master SOMM,  Diploma Oenotrope, and  Master Sommelier all refer to the same credentials: a Level V Sommelier Certification.


California's Sommelier School

The National Wine School (NWS) is located in Los Angeles, California. The school offers the highest level of accreditation for sommeliers in America. NWS offers the same level of national and international certification as the Court of Master Sommelier and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Plus, the NWS offers professional California certification, which no other agency can offer.

Wine courses should be fun and engaging. Accreditation should be boring. It doesn't need TV shows or movies. It's about ensuring that people who earn the qualification can earn their sommelier certification, no matter where they go to school. Not only is this the right thing to do, it's the law.

The National WIne School is the highest rated sommelier school for a reason. We don't hire PR firms, and we sure don't have movies made about us. We offer industry-grade sommelier exams, accreditation, and professional certification. Our protocols are used in universities and trade schools, including some of the top wine schools in America.


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