AMERICAN WINE PROFESSIONAL

The most important wine market in the world

The United States has the world’s largest wine economy. Not only is it the world’s largest wine importer it is also the 4th largest wine producing country with nearly 10,000 wineries spread across 50 states. In the last 20 years the growth rate has been nothing short of staggering.

Fine Vintage is the creator and sole provider of the American Wine Professional certification program. The American Wine Professional program was developed by James Cluer, Master of Wine, and a team of experts who specialize in the American wine industry. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to use the post-nominal Fine Vintage AWP.

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

COURSE OVERVIEW

During this two day course you will learn about:

  • The History of American wine
  • The AVA system
  • All regions in California
  • Oregon
  • Washington State
  • New York State
  • Virginia
  • Texas
  • Michigan & others
  • Laws and distribution
  • Key Players

PAYMENTS

Only $100 is due at the time of registration.  The balance is paid 3 weeks before the course starts.

TASTINGS & INSTRUCTION

During the 2 day course you will taste over 30 benchmark wines from the classic areas as well as emerging regions. It’s fascinating to explore Napa, Sonoma and Oregon and then taste wines from Texas, Virginia, Michigan and more. We pride ourselves on showing the benchmark wines.

Our instructors have spent many years visiting these American wine regions and are experts in their field. The extensive study guide is a reference text for the industry and is an extremely useful summary. It is emailed to you prior to the course as a PDF and a hard copy is provided at the actual course.

CERTIFICATION

At the end of the 2nd day there is a 50 question closed-book multiple-choice exam. We have a 88% pass rate and prepare you well for the exam. Upon successful completion you will receive a beautiful Fine Vintage certificate. This is highly regarded by employers.

COURSE FORMAT

2 FULL DAYS | from 9.30 am until 5.30 pm with a one hour break for lunch


Become a American Wine Professional


Expert Instruction & Extensive Tastings


Get your Certification

FOR DATES, PRICES AND TO REGISTER

Only $100 is due at the time of registration.  The balance is paid 3 weeks before the course starts.

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WHO TAKES THIS COURSE?

We welcome both wine enthusiasts and the trade. Many people are curious to learn about all the regions in the USA and taste their wines.

Your classmates will include people in the trade, sometimes at a high level, as well as those just looking for a fun weekend learning about their passion.

COURSE PREPARATION

STUDY GUIDE

As soon as you register we email you a PDF study guide. It’s fascinating, and you can read it prior to the course so you are well prepared. We also send you a Key Facts document. Hard copies are given out at the course.

TASTING GLASSES

If you have taken a course with us before then please bring your Fine Vintage tasting glasses with you.

If you do not have our set of 6 tasting glasses you will need to purchase them at registration for $45. These are then yours to keep forever.

LOCATIONS, DATES & PRICES

Select a city to see upcoming dates, prices and register

Only $100 is due at the time of registration.  The balance is paid 3 weeks before the course starts.

TESTIMONIALS

LYN FARMER

I’ve lived in the USA my entire life, worked in the wine industry for 40 years, and been to every American wine region. I spent 2 years reviewing and advising on the development of this course with James Cluer MW and his team. I believe it is a truly outstanding course that covers what you really need to know about American wine, with exceptional tastings!


LYN FARMER, INSTRUCTOR – MIAMI

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ONLINE COURSES

Can’t make it to one of our courses?  Don’t let time or distance stand in your way.  Do it Online!

We have a variety of fantastic online wine certification courses that you can take from the comfort of your home or office.

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FOR DATES, PRICES AND TO REGISTER

Only $100 is due at the time of registration.  The balance is paid 3 weeks before the course starts.