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Make the leap from wine lover to wine expert with the UNLV Sommelier Academy: Vine to Wine Certificate. Whether you work in the food and beverage industry or you simply want to impress friends at the dinner table, the UNLV Sommelier Academy is the perfect place to get a high-caliber wine education.

Over 13 weeks, you will immerse yourself in the complexities and nuances of wine production, service, and taste. You will learn to manage wine inventory, advise on food and wine pairings, assist patrons in wine selection, and educate service staff.

Course content begins with an overview of the wine making process. We will cover the major types of grapes and discuss the different conditions affecting the world’s primary wine regions. Enjoyment of a wine is enhanced by exceptional presentation, so the curriculum reinforces essential service skills employed by the pros. Guest speakers will infuse fresh perspectives on all aspects of the wine industry. You will typically taste about 12 different wines each class day. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify key wine characteristics in a blind tasting.

Successful completion of Vine to Wine is excellent preparation to undertake introductory levels of testing from other accredited agencies.

This Program is Perfect For

Individuals who want to build a wide base of wine knowledge that they can use for personal enjoyment or business. This program can help prepare you to undertake introductory levels of testing and certification from other accredited agencies.

What You Will Learn

By the end of the program students will:

  • Gain necessary knowledge to identify wine varietals by their general characteristics through comprehensive study of all the major grapes of the world.
  • Build a wide base of wine knowledge that they can use for personal or business advancement through study of the world's major wine regions.
  • Be able to correctly break down a wine and correctly identify the grape and region of origin during blind tasting.

Program Details

To earn the Sommelier Academy Certificate you must successfully complete the Sommelier Academy Certificate Program course and receive a passing final exam score.

Resources and financial assistance specific to this program are also available for people of color who are actively seeking education or employment in the wine industry a

Once you fulfill all certificate program requirements as outlined in the Academic Plan, you may request your certificate.

Students must be 21 years of age to enroll. Please bring proof of age to first class.