At Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School, our mission is to provide the highest-quality education for the wine and spirit industry—retailers, wholesalers, importers, winemakers, sommeliers, restaurateurs, and other hospitality professionals—as well as to offer enriching and engaging courses to everyday wine and spirit lovers.  

Founded in 2005, we offer all four levels of The Wine & Spirit Education Trust's (WSET) wine, spirit, and sake certification courses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa and Greater Boston regions, as well as online.  We are the only Bay Area provider to be given the honor of offering the prestigious WSET Level 4 Diploma program.  In 2012 WSET recognized Grape Experience as their Wine Educator of the Year.

Our programs are designed to be flexible and meet the needs of working professionals, with course formats ranging from once-a-week evening classes to weekend intensive sessions.  We also regularly work with corporate and hospitality partners to tailor wine and spirits trainings for their staff, providing on-the-job educational experiences and enhancing their company’s profile. 

Wine & Spirit Education Trust 

As a member of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), our certification programs carry the legacy and prestige of the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education, yet are carefully designed to reflect the unique communities of Northern California and New England. 

Grape Experience is the only WSET program provider in Northern California that offers the highest level Diploma certification (and one of only a small handful in the US), and regularly educates professionals from across North America.  In 2012, we were awarded the distinguished Wine Educator of the Year award by WSET, one of the industry’s top honors.