Wine & Spirit Education Trust

WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is a globally renowned wine and spirits education organization. They offer courses at different levels, teaching knowledge about wine, spirits, and related topics, providing valuable learning opportunities for professionals and enthusiasts alike. WSET certifications are highly respected and considered authoritative in the wine industry.


WSET Level 1 Wine Course - Wine Certification Level 1

Wine courses for beginners. For individuals new to wine study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately and make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.  You will 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)

Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 30 multiple-choice questions. This qualification is regulated by Ofqual.

WSET Level 2 Wine Course - Level 2 Wine Certification

This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence


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 2 Wine Course you will 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 labelling 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

WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course to participate in any alcohol tasting. 

WSET Level 1 Wine Course

A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine.

WSET's Level 2 Award in Wines

This is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

Wine Region Course

The value of wine region courses lies in enhancing tasting skills, deepening understanding of wine diversity, inspiring geographical and cultural exploration, improving wine and food pairing abilities, and paving the way for professional development.

Bordeaux Masterclass

  • Explore the regions and diverse terroirs of Bordeaux wines.
  • Taste a variety of different styles of Bordeaux wines, from red to white and sweet wines.
  • Learn about the winemaking processes, grape varieties, and characteristics of Bordeaux wines.
  • Explore famous Bordeaux châteaux and regions, understanding their history and traditions.

Burgundy Masterclass

  • Tour the Burgundy wine regions, including renowned areas like Côte d’Or, Chablis, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais, and discover their unique characteristics and terroirs.

  • Visit some of the famous Burgundy wineries to gain in-depth knowledge of their history, traditions, and winemaking techniques, encompassing the production of both red and white wines.

  • Taste a variety of Burgundy wines, from rich red wines to elegant white wines.

Wine Appreciation Course

Each module consists of a combination of lectures, wine tastings, and interactive discussions. Practical wine tasting sessions featuring a variety of wines. A final project involving wine and food pairing.

Old World & New World Wines

  • Compare the characteristics of New World and Old World wines, understanding their winemaking styles and traditions.

  • Taste wines from various regions of both the New World and the Old World, experiencing their differences in flavors and aromas.

  • Explore the diversity of grape varieties and their expressions in different regions.

  • Gain insights into the geography and cultures of New World wine regions, such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Old World wine regions, such as France, Italy, and Spain.

Food and Wine Pairing Course

  • Learn how to select wines that complement various dishes and understand wine labels and tasting techniques.

  • Participate in cooking demonstrations and hands-on practice to discover how to prepare delicious courses, from appetizers to main courses and desserts.

  • Taste a variety of food and wine pairings, experiencing the wonderful harmony of flavors.

  • Explore the coordination between different cuisines and wine styles, and how to choose the best pairings for special occasions.