Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy

Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy

1 E Broad St Richmond Virginia USA


The Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy (VAWSA) provides informative and fun wine and spirits education, in-class and online, for trade professionals and enthusiasts throughout Virginia and neighboring states. They offer a suite of qualifications covering wines and spirit. Like all WSET courses, they are designed for those who are just starting their careers and established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.

Tracy Waldron is a co-founder of the Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy. She is a former sommelier, winemaker, and wine importer. Having spent more than a decade in Napa Valley, she moved back to her hometown in 2016. Her goal is to push for industry diversity through education and direct mentorship of students and play a role in establishing a demand for qualified beverage industry leaders.

Tracy previously worked as the marketing director for Vineyard 29 in Napa Valley. She also co-owned the wine label Analogue Wine Co and wine import company PellOneda. Both are not defunct.

The second founder is Chris Parker. Before VAWSA, Chris established New Horizon Wines, an international wine business consultancy that focused on Virginia wine. He has worked as an executive in pharma, oil & gas, utility, telecom, financial services, and federal, state, and local businesses. He sold his stake in the wine school in 2020.

While they do have a mailing address on Broad Street in Richmond, their classes are currently held at Market Street Wine in Charlottesville.

Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy
virginia wine & spirits academy

Name: Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy

Description: The WSET Affiliate Wine School in Richmond, Virginia.

Price range: $300 - $1500

Payment accepted: Credit Card

Currencies accepted: USD

Address: 1 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219

Telephone: (646) 400-3840

  • Accreditation
  • Sommelier Certification
  • Wine Trade Certification
  • Quality of Instruction
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Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy