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Hill Country Wine Academy

A Partner and Provider of Various Wine Education Programs and Certifications

Wine Education

Wine education has been central to our mission since we opened our doors, and it is with your support and interest that we present the Hill Country Wine Academy. It is core to our belief that understanding Texas 'terroir' means seeing wine as more than a beverage - wine is food; it is a product of agriculture; it is an experience. To truly connect with what's in the glass, we aim to offer a diverse collection of classes and certification courses that will empower any casual wine drinker, Texas wine professional, or connoisseur with the tools to unearth the patterns of excellence found in real Texas-grown wine. Please contact or text 830-282-4281 for inquiries. For more class information, please fill out the request form. 

We are always adding new short-form classes.

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Director of Education

Curriculum and instruction led by Kelsey Kramer, the Director of Education at William Chris Wine Co. since 2022. Due to a B.F.A. in Acting, Kelsey's method of teaching is interactive, upbeat, and reassuring. Her wine background includes 10 years in hospitality, practical knowledge of wines from around the world, wine business, and viticulture, with an intensive focus on the growth of the Texas wine industry.

What People Are Saying

  • I am a wine professional with 18 years of experience, a Certified Sommelier, and wine judge. I learned more in 1 day of training then I have in years. Kelsey made Texas POP for me, and I can't wait to go back and learn more.

    Kristine Bono

  • Hill Country Wine Academy did an excellent job teaching our staff more about the history and nuances of Texas Wine! I feel much more confident having conversations with customers about what makes our industry so unique.

    Jean Buckner

  • I completed the Texas Wine Ambassador course in September 2023. Not only did I learn a lot about wine, I learned a lot about the history of our state! I definitely have a greater appreciation for all that is influencing TX wine now...

    Kelly Olson