WSET Level 3 In California – Napa, San Francisco

WSET Level 3 has been completely redesigned to reflect the trends in the wine industry and to give students a more in-depth education experience. This certificate is one of the most globally-recognized achievements in the wine industry and is geared towards wine professionals or people interested in entering the wine industry, especially those looking for increased, leadership, and decision-making.  Wine enthusiasts with a serious commitment and passion will also enjoy this course, as it is interactive and customized to individual class dynamics and interests. 

The Level 3 course includes a complete study pack with an exclusive textbook and study workbook. Proprietary WSET films are also new for 2017.

Upcoming Classes:

San Francisco - Weekends
5 Sundays starting October 29, 2017 plus exam
o class Thanksgiving week November 26
San Francisco Wine School, 415 Grand Ave
South San Francisco, CA
Cost: $1345

Napa - Weeknights
16 Mondays starting September 25, 2017
6-8PM (no class Labor Day, Columbus Day or Thanksgiving week)
Jessup Cellars
6740 Washington St, Yountville
Cost: $1300 

16 Tuesdays starting August 15, 2017
Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE), 122 Arlington St.
Cost: $1607

New Classes begin September 23, October 14
Cost: $1195
Registration closes 2 weeks prior to the course start date


This new program embarks on an in-depth examination of the options and limitations available to producers of every major world wine region, including France, Italy, Spain, and other regions in Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.  For each region we examine the natural and human factors that impact wine style, quality, and price. The study pack and textbook are completely new and include links to WSET proprietary films.

Students who successfully pass a final examination, including a written and tasting portion, are entitled to the title “WSET Level 3 Certified” and to use the WSET logo on their professional materials.


When taken in person, the Level 3 course usually meets over 16 two-hour sessions or 6 weekend days.  We feel this format gives students the best opportunity to really digest and process information—as well as practice tasting—prior to the challenging final exam.  Systematic wine tasting is a part of every session, with more than 90 wines tasted in the course.


The Level 3 online course follows a 9-week program consisting of a series of online activities, often based around group discussion, with an online tutor allocated to guide students. Each week covers a new topic and students can log in whenever they want during the week (there are set start and finish dates for each week, but no set class time).  Students are given timed practice exams and assignments to prepare them for the final evaluation.  Tasting activities are also provided to familiarize students with a systemic approach to tasting at Advanced level.  When the course is over, students arrange with Grape Experience to take the exam in person.