WSET courses are regarded as the international standard in wine and spirit education. Between 2017 and 2018, 94.822 professionals and wine enthusiasts from more than 70 countries around the world took part in its programs. Courses start with an introductory course that is both practical and comprehensive, and end with the WSET Level 4 Diploma, considered the highest level of training among wine professionals and the gateway to the prestigious Master of Wine® qualification.
The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines® is intended for people who are just formally starting in the study of wine, both professionals and amateurs. It is a practical introduction to winemaking, wine styles, the major grape varieties of the world, wine tasting, the key principles involved in the storage and service of wine, and pairing wine and food.
This course focuses on the factors accounting for the style, quality and price of wines from all over the world. Using the most important grape varieties in the world as a starting point, the course covers the different wine styles made with them across different regions. It includes sparkling wines and fortified wines. We will cover France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa, Argentina, the United States and Australia. Altogether we’ll try more than 45 international wines, which allows us to develop and cement a unique tasting system used to describe and evaluate wine: the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®.
This qualification has a minimum requirement of 28 hours of study time, including 18 hours of guided learning. Students are expected to read and study the contents of each training session before attending the guided learning courses.
The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is a course for wine professionals (also accessed by intrepid wine enthusiasts, who have obtained the previous WSET qualifications) designed to give a thorough understanding of the key factors in the production of wine, from viticulture through to wine production. The course will then focus on how these factors account for the style, quality and price of wine, and how they manifest themselves in each of the principal wine producing regions of the world. By the end of the course, students will have learned to accurately and objectively describe the wines using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® and to make professional decisions based on these facts.
Completion of the WSET Level 2 Award or an equivalent level of experience is recommended to make the most of the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. Furthermore, the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is required for entry into the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits.
This qualification has a minimum requirement of 100 hours of study, including 40 hours of guided learning. Students are expected to read and study the contents of each training session before attending the guided learning courses.
The WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines® is internationally considered the top professional wine qualification. It is designed to give a 360ºC knowledge of wine: from the understanding of viticulture and winemaking to wine business and in-depth product knowledge.
Your expertise is built both theoretically, through comprehensive study of a large number of wine regions, and practically, by developing your wine tasting skills to an expert level. Successful graduates acquire exceptional analytical skills and proficiency in evaluative wine tasting, gaining global recognition as authoritative wine specialists. Should you wish to progress to the Master of Wine programme, this will the best starting point.