• Erica Taylor

The Wine Spirit Education Trust (WSET)



The Wine Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was my gateway into the world of wine. The WSET is the most recognized international governing body for wine certifications. WSET has schools and certified educators all over the world.


I have completed my WSET Level 3 certification with Merit in tasting and theory. I plan on starting the WSET Diploma program on the next intake.


WSET Level 1

WSET Level 1 is a beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine.

What you'll learn

  • The main types and styles of wine

  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics

  • How to store and serve wine

  • The principles of food and wine pairing

  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of six hours of study time, in a classroom or online, with a WSET course provider.

WSET Level 2

WSET's Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

What you'll learn

  • How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)

  • How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking, and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:

  • Chardonnay

  • Pinot Grigio/Gris

  • Sauvignon Blanc

  • Riesling

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Merlot

  • Pinot Noir

  • Syrah/Shiraz

  • The style and quality of wines: made from 22 regionally important grape varieties produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world

  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:

  • Sparkling wines

  • Fortified wines

  • Key labeling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine

  • Principles of food and wine pairing

Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 28 hours* of study time: 

  • 16 hours of delivery time with a WSET course provider (classroom or online)

  • 11 hours of personal study and revision

  • A 1-hour examination

WSET Level 3

WSET Level 3 is An advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 

  • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation, and bottling

  • How these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal

  • still wines of the world

  • sparkling wines of the world

  • fortified wines of the world

  • How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality

 Unit 2 

How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 84 hours of study time, including 30 hours of classroom or online delivery time with a WSET course provider.*

WSET Level 4 Diploma

The WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines is an expert-level qualification covering all aspects of wine.

What you'll learn

The Diploma is delivered in six mandatory units covering a broad range of topics, including wine production, wine business, and still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world. 

D1 – 

  • Wine production 

  • Vine requirements

  • Anatomy of the vine and grape

  • Grape growing options, explaining and evaluating the different approaches and how these options affect grape yields, quality, and the final wine produced

  • Natural factors in the vineyard and how they influence the vine's ability to produce grapes for wines of different styles, quality levels, and price

  • Winemaking and post-fermentation options and how they influence the style, quality, and price of wines

D1 – hours of study weighting 20% 

D2 – Wine business 

  • The types of businesses engaged in wine production and the options for getting wine to the point of sale

  • Factors that contribute to the price of wine

  • Key considerations in wine marketing

D2 – hours of study weighting 10% 

D3 – Wines of the world

D4 – Sparkling wines

D5 – Fortified wines 

In each of these Units, you will learn: 

  • How grape-growing, winemaking, maturation, wine law, and wine business influence the style, quality, and price of the principal still wines (D3), sparkling wines (D4), and fortified wines (D5) of the world.

  • How to taste and evaluate still wines (D3), sparkling wines (D4) and fortified wines (D5) using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)

  • D3 – Wines of the world: hours of study weighting 50% 

  • D4 – Sparkling wines: hours of study weighting 5%  

  • D5 – Fortified wines: hours of study weighting 5%  

  • D6 – Independent research assignment 

  • How to research a specified wine-related subject

D6 – hours of study weighting 10%

Course delivery

  • This qualification has a minimum requirement of 500 hours* of study time

  • 116 hours of delivery time with a WSET course provider (classroom or online)

  • 370 hours of personal study and revision, including preparing an independent research assignment (D6)

Examinations for each unit (excluding D6) will total 11 hours 50 minutes.

It normally takes between 18 months and three years to complete the Diploma. Each unit is weighted differently in terms of hours of study required; the table below shows the minimum guided learning time, private study time, and the weighting applied against each unit. 



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