WSET Level 1
A true beginner’s overview of wine.
We offer two different introductory WSET courses. Our Level 1: Foundations and Level 2: Intermediate programs are open to anyone—no experience necessary—and are great starting points whether you’re seeking a career change or promotion, or simply want to deepen your wine knowledge. Note that you do not need to take Level 1 to take Level 2—in fact, for those looking for a serious wine class, we generally recommend starting with Level 2.
The WSET Level 2 certificate is the best starting point for people who have an understanding of the basics of wine. The Level 2 course is appropriate for anyone who works in wine, wants a career in the industry, or has a serious interest and wants to deepen their wine knowledge and become a more confident taster. Don’t be confused by its name: though it’s called Level 2, this course is geared towards people just starting their wine education. It offers greater depth of material, tasting opportunities, and additional classroom hours compared to Level 1. If you know the basic wine grapes—that Chardonnay is a white wine and Cabernet Sauvignon is usually red—then Level 2 is the place to start.
The Level 2 course focuses on how to systematically taste wine, as well as the factors that influence style, quality, and price. We’ll also go into depth on the world’s major grape varieties and types of wine, including white and black grape varieties, sparkling wines, sweet wines, spirits, and liqueurs.
At the end of the course, you’ll complete a 50-question multiple-choice exam, and upon passing will receive a Level 2 WSET certificate.
Level 2 covers the wines and spirits of the world in 8 segments (held either weekly or over the course of 3-4 days). Wine tasting is a part of every session with more than 40 wines tasted during the course.
The Level 2 online course follows a 5-week program consisting of a series of online activities. An online tutor runs the WSET online classroom to guide students. Each week covers a new topic and students can log in whenever they want during the week (there are set start and finish dates for each week, but no set class time). Tasting activities (to be done on the student’s own) are also provided to familiarize students with a systemic approach to tasting at an intermediate level. When the course is over, students arrange with Grape Experience to take the exam in person.
The Level 2 course includes a complete study pack with an exclusive proprietary textbook and study workbook.
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The WSET Level 1 course offers a true beginner’s overview of wine, and is geared to anyone with an interest in wine for personal enjoyment or launching a professional career. It’s a particularly good starting point for people just beginning to work in restaurants, hospitality, or retail. Level 1 is a fun way to get up to speed on what wine is and how it differs by style.
The Level 1 course provides a systematized way of learning about and tasting wine, focusing on knowledge that is practical, hands-on, and designed to build a foundation for future exploration. The course will introduce you to basics of wine, broad different styles, simple storage and service rules, and easy techniques for pairing wine with a range of foods.
At the end of the course, you’ll complete a short, multiple-choice exam, and upon passing, will receive a Level 1 WSET certificate.
This course comes with a proprietary WSET wine workbook.