Sebastopol, CA, September 11, 2023 – Dutton Estate Winery and Napa Valley Wine Academy are collaborating this harvest season to provide an unparalleled, immersive learning experience in the Russian River Valley. This partnership will have Dutton Estate Winery host a portion of the WSET Level 3 Bootcamp for students of Napa Valley Wine Academy. This is a unique learning experience for students as they participate in cellar activities alongside Assistant Winemaker, Kylie Dutton, followed by a wine tasting of current and library vintages from the historic Sonoma Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producer.
Dutton Estate is synonymous with renowned Russian River Valley wines, especially as Warren Dutton, Joe Dutton’s father, pioneered the growing of Chardonnay in the western reaches of Sonoma County in the 1960’s. With this rich history and prime location, Dutton Estate is delighted to share their impact on Sonoma County winegrowing and winemaking with inquisitive students. “In the world of wine, knowledge flows like a fine vintage, and this collaboration between Dutton Estate Winery and the Napa Valley Wine Academy is a testament to the pursuit of excellence,” Tracy Dutton said. “It’s not just an education; it’s a journey through the heart and soul of winemaking, where passion meets tradition, creating ambassadors of taste and culture.”
Napa Valley Wine Academy has a distinguished reputation for their extensive wine courses and wine tasting experiences, including week-long intensive Bootcamps. These courses are intended to connect students to hands-on experiences and leading voices in the wine industry, giving students a breadth of knowledge as they pursue careers in wine.
Reflecting on this exciting partnership, Monika Bielka-Vescovi, the Director of the Napa Education Center for Napa Valley Wine Academy (NVWA), shares an inspiring insight: “Our students are filled with immense enthusiasm for delving into the art of winemaking and viticulture in Sonoma, where they embark on a journey of hands-on education at a renowned, world-class winery. This exceptional learning opportunity not only offers a remarkable experience but also creates indelible memories that last a lifetime. Upon completing the NVWA bootcamps, our students proudly become ambassadors of this remarkable region, spreading their passion and knowledge far and wide.” This powerful testimonial underscores the transformative impact of this partnership for students, promising an unforgettable exploration of the mesmerizing world of winemaking.
Dutton Estate Winery, established in 1995 by husband and wife Joe and Tracy Dutton, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of six generations of Sonoma County farmers. With deep roots in the region, the Dutton family has nurtured the land for over a century, shaping it into a haven of viticulture excellence and sustainable farming practices. Spanning 1200 acres of meticulously tended vineyards, Dutton Estate Winery’s commitment to sustainability is unwavering. Their practices harmonize with nature, ensuring the land flourishes for generations to come. Additionally, they proudly cultivate 200 acres of CCOF-certified organic apple orchards, further exemplifying their dedication to preserving the environment and crafting exceptional products.