The mission of The Virginia Wine Academy is to provide premier education and experiences in the world of wine and spirits to the community of wine enthusiasts and professionals.
Welcome to The Virginia Wine Academy, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) approved program provider. Based in the beautiful and historic Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Virginia, we offer WSET courses, workshops, and wine themed events for both wine and spirits industry professionals, the community of wine adventurers and enthusiasts. Our school is located at Veritas Vineyards & Winery along the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains among a growing number of wineries, cideries and distilleries.
We bring the full experience of the vineyard and the world of wine to the classroom in approachable and fun style. For business or pleasure, we offer a range of certified courses, workshops, tutored tastings, and wine-themed events. Come and join us in Virginia, First in Wine.
WHO WE ARE… AND WHY WE STARTED
THE VIRGINIA WINE ACADEMY
Hi, We are Andrew Hodson, the owner of Veritas Vineyards and Winery and Christopher Parker, founder of New Horizon Wines. We thought you would like to know a little bit about us on your journey to learn more about wine and spirits of the world.
We have extensive experience in the wine profession and have worked together for seven years promoting wines of Virginia in the UK and Europe. Along the way at various events, tastings, and trade shows we realized that wine and spirits professionals were hungry for knowledge and experiences given in a fun and approachable manner.
We set out our plans for The Virginia Wine Academy, to establish the first WSET approved program provider located and certified in Virginia.