Northwest Wine Academy

About the Academy

The Northwest Wine Academy (NWWA) at South Seattle College was established in 2004 as the first and only working and teaching winery of its kind in Western Washington.  Classes are designed for students just starting out in the wine industry, professionals who need to enhance their skills and knowledge of current trends, and enthusiasts who want to deepen their knowledge of wine.

  • Winemaking students pick and crush grapes and see the wines through to final production.
  • Marketing students prepare materials to sell the wines and also manage our tasting room’s wine events.
  • Food and Wine Pairing students utilize their training by selecting foods to prepare and by managing on-campus events.

Along the way, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer with wineries and at events, helping to develop contacts within the industry and develop skills.

Classes may be taken individually, or as part of a certificate or degree program. Learn more.


Award-Winning Wines

As a teaching winery, NWWA’s wines are created from vine to wine by students in the winemaking program.  Our wines are sold out of our tasting room, and have received numerous awards, both at the Seattle Wine Awards and the Tri-Cities Wine Festival.

Since releasing its first vintages in 2005, NWWA has consistently created award winning, student-produced wines that have received medals at numerous prestigious competitions.  We produce nearly 1,000 cases of wine each year.


Visit Our Tasting Room

Our wine building on South Seattle College’s West Seattle campus features a large tasting room and retail store. While tasting one of our current releases, you can see the barrel room and classrooms that make up our teaching winery. In addition to our own wines, our retail store also stocks wines from many of our alumni wineries. Come support our student winemakers and join us for a student tasting. Look for special events on our calendar!

The adjacent outdoor patio is a perfect space for enjoying a glass of wine. For special events, our tasting room can be opened to our winery, kitchen, and patio through large roll-up glass doors.

There is a tasting fee of $5 per person, with $3 of the fee applied to the purchase of a bottle of regularly priced wine.


We are located at the rear of the North Parking Lot at South Seattle College.

Directions and maps


Learn More

Visit our program page to learn more about degree and certificates, and visit the Northwest Wine Academy’s dedicated website to learn more about the academy in general.