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William Chris Announces 2024 Dates for Hill Country Wine Academy

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Kick off new year with WSET and Texas Wine Ambassador Certification Classes in the Texas Hill Country

February 12th – William Chris Wine Company (WCWC) is excited to announce the 2024 Hill Country Wine Academy classes. The school, which launched in April 2023 as the William Chris Wine School, is a provider of WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) and Texas Wine Ambassador Certification courses. In the new year, the school will be known by its new name, Hill Country Wine Academy. 

Hill Country Wine Academy is dedicated to growing the Texas wine industry by inspiring and educating connoisseurs and professionals alike. Over the last year, Hill Country Wine Academy helped 427 students gain various wine certifications through their courses. Depending on the level, students will learn about the decisions that go into winemaking and working in a vineyard, principal grape varieties of the world and their characteristics, select regional styles of wine and more. The Texas Wine Ambassador Certification course is exclusively offered through the Hill Country Wine Academy and takes attendees through the basics of what it takes to make the wine industry successful in Texas. In attending the courses, students are also provided lunch for the full-day classes, additional experiences and lodging options in the area, and access to ongoing educational content and support. 

For more information on the Hill Country Wine Academy and to register for upcoming classes, please visit http://www.hcwineacademy.com. For direct inquiries regarding WSET courses, email info@hcwineacademy.com. The academy will offer distance learning starting in the spring. 

WHEN: Texas Wine Ambassador Certification — 9am – 5pm 

  • Sunday, March 3rd
  • Monday, March 11th 
  • Wednesday, April 17th

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines — 9am – 5pm

  • Monday, March 4th 
  • Tuesday, May 21st 

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, May Hybrid Cohort — 9:30am – 5pm

  • Sunday May 5th (virtual: 2-5pm)
  • Sunday, May 19th (9:30am – 5pm)
  • Sunday, June 2nd (9:30am – 5pm)
  • Exam: Sunday June 9th OR 16th (9:30 – 11am)

WHERE: Hill Country Wine Academy (235 Miracle Mile, Unit J3, Stonewall, TX 78671)

LINK: https://www.hcwineacademy.com

About William Chris Wine Company

William Chris Wine Company (WCWC) was founded in October 2020 by William Chris Vineyards’ Chris Brundrett and Lost Draw’s Andrew Sides. After many years of working closely together as partners in various projects and peers in Texas winemaking, Andrew and Chris merged their businesses and teams to create William Chris Wine Company. Their shared vision of elevating the Texas wine industry and cultivating a place where future leaders in the industry can develop and grow their careers has been a driving force behind their mission. William Chris Wine Company is vineyard-driven, taking a farming-first approach to our process, which produces higher-quality wine that uplifts the Texas wine industry. WCWC is the parent company of the William Chris Vineyards (est. 2008), Lost Draw (est. 2012), Skeleton Key (est. 2015), Grower Project (est. 2015), Uplift (est. 2022) and Wine for the People (2024) brands, and it is the leading producer of Texas-grown wines. In 2022 and 2023, William Chris Vineyards was named as a top 100 vineyard by World’s Best Vineyards. They were also awarded the 2022 Texas Monthly Vinters Cup Award for the 2021 Picpoul Blanc, Lost Draw, R.H. Drexel’s Top 50 Wines Of 2022 for William Chris Wanderer Series, Relief Project III, and awarded 92 points from Decanter for 2020 Roussanne, La Pradera Vineyards, among many other distinguished awards. For more information, please visit williamchriswines.com.

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