When Does a Wine Qualify for “Napa”? Training Now Available Online

Napa, California | November 7, 2022: Can we put “Napa” on the label of this new wine? If you’ve ever wondered when you can, and cannot, display “Napa Valley” (or any of its sub-AVAs) on the bottle label or in advertising, the newly available When Does a Wine Qualify for “Napa”? online compliance course is now available. Originally developed at the request of the Napa Valley Vintners, the Winery Compliance Training Academy has made this training course available to the public. 

This self-paced, online training course provides an immersive and comprehensive guide to  the federal and state of California laws which guide whether a wine qualifies for “Napa” in its brand name or for different types of Napa appellations.

According to Michelle Novi, Industry Relations & Regulatory Affairs Director at the Napa Valley Vintners, “The digital courses available through Winery Compliance Training Academy teach complex labeling and reporting requirements in an approachable and easy to understand way, making them a valuable tool for anyone responsible for winery compliance.” Napa Valley Vintner members are able to sign up for the course at a special discounted rate.

Who Benefits From Compliance Training

Who should take this training? This course is ideal for anyone who’s unsure what it means when a wine label references having “Napa Valley” grapes in it or in its brand name. Furthermore, the course addresses numerous scenarios about use of Napa Valley sub-AVA names on labels and in brand names.

This course is useful for anyone making decisions about crafting wines they wish to promote as associated with “Napa Valley,” from winemakers to owners or general managers, along with those who manage compliance filings.

For those with hesitations regarding accurate record keeping, and desires to get better organized and simplified for winery compliance activities, this multimedia course will put fears to rest and ensure it’s getting done the right way.

Course Content Focuses on Use of Napa Valley (and sub AVAs) in Wine and Brand Names

This course focuses specifically on Napa Valley, California, wine labeling and brand naming requirements and its sub-AVAs. (The Winery Compliance Training Academy has a separate course for completing the federal TTB 5120.17 report, which applies to all U.S. wineries, TTB Winery Harvest Compliance Training.)

What students learn:  

  1. What the federal and California agencies are that regulate the allowed uses of “Napa” on wine labels and advertising
  2. The federal regulations specific to the use of “Napa” in brand names for wine
  3. The federal minimum percentages for listing different types of appellations on wine labels
  4. The California state law which regulates the use of “Napa” on wine labels and advertising
  5. The California state law which requires listing “Napa Valley” on certain wine labels

What students get:

  1. Five instructional videos
  2. Two of the videos are examples showing you different wine blends that do or do not qualify for Napa appellations
  3. Four quizzes to test your understanding
  4. Four handouts
  5. Opportunity to ask your questions along the way

Enroll at: When Does a Wine Qualify for “Napa”? 

What Clients Say 

“Ann is extremely knowledgeable, professional and a fantastic solution finder. She always has a positive way to execute goals. She has also been a great source of information for us and a valued consultant when having to navigate the waters on a county, state and federal level while juggling multiple permits in multiple locations. We haven’t thrown a scenario at Ann that she hasn’t been able to figure out for us.” – Rob Mondavi Jr, Winemaker Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Napa Valley, California

“Ann is a wealth of knowledge, and she’s always working hard to make sure that she and her clients are updated on the latest compliance regulations. With a background in production, she can easily relate to her client’s most specific questions and needs.” – Dianne Norton, Procurement Manager, McBride Sisters Wine Company

About Winery Compliance Training Academy

With more than two decades working for and with wineries, Ann Reynolds, Founder and CEO of Winery Compliance Training Academy, created the organization after more than two decades serving as winery compliance coordinator and record keeper for wineries such as Viansa, Sterling Vineyards, Robert Mondavi Winery, Caymus Vineyards and Conundrum Winery.

In 2009, Ann launched her own compliance firm, Wine Compliance Alliance, of which the academy is a subsidiary. She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at Napa Valley College, teaching winery compliance classes from 2006 to 2015.

The academy employs state-of-the-art online technology, allowing students to set their own pace, learning through a variety of proprietary online videos, personal coaching, Q&A, and quizzes to test their newly gained knowledge. Students receive certification upon successful completion of the course and may also return to the academy at any time for updates and refreshers.

Additional training courses offered by the academy include its TTB Winery Harvest Compliance Training, The TTB Reports all US Wineries are required to file, and How to Complete the California Grape Crush Report. New courses are added from time to time.

Sign Up for When Does a Wine Qualify for Napa Compliance Training

To learn more, or enroll in this self-paced training course, visit When Does a Wine Qualify for “Napa”? Call 707-266-1946, or email [email protected].

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