DIPLOMA IN WINE & SPIRITSSAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, BOSTON & ONLINE
Grape Experience is one of the oldest, most experienced Diploma providers in the United States
Diploma in Wine & Spirits
WSET Diploma Program
Grape Experience is one of America’s oldest, most experienced WSET Diploma providers. Our history and successful track record of offering Diploma has made us experts in the best ways for students to succeed in this challenging program. Grape Experience provides students several ways of studying the six subcourses or “Units” that comprise Diploma: in-person classes, online study or a combination of both approaches.
Grape Experience students pay only for the unit they are about to undertake, not the entire program at once, with the exception of Units 1 and 2 are sold together.
Students who enroll with Grape Experience get as part of their tuition access to:
- Feedback Tests reviewed by examiners so that they never go into an exam unprepared.
- A diverse set of faculty ranging from several Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, wine makers, importers, retailers and other industry experts.
- Customized individual attention to help them plan and work the Diploma program into the rest of their work and personal life.
- The opportunity to combine for each/any unit the weekly study plan & support of the WSET Online Classroom with in-person traditional classroom attendance.
The Diploma is ideal for people in or outside the wine industry who wish to advance their skills and knowledge base. This highly respected qualification offers in-depth study of the business, winemaking, and consumption trends in the world’s wine and spirit production regions. Our Diploma graduates have the knowledge and confidence to understand the trends and structure of today’s wine and spirit industry and to use them in leadership roles. People entering Diploma are required to have first passed the Level 3 certificate before entering. Diploma itself is a pre-requisite to entering the Master of Wine program .
DIPLOMA PROGRAM UNITS
The Diploma is broken into 6 units which are taught at various times and locations (including online) over two years. Units 1 and 2 are sold together and must be taken first. You pay for all other units as you take them, allowing you to spread out the cost of the Diploma. We also offer payment plans.
The fee for Units 1 and 2 registers you for three years with WSET and grants access to the proprietary Global Campus—a unique site with critical study support and special offers. WSET mandates that students sit the Unit 2 multiple-choice exam before they may take any other exam or write the required Unit 1 paper. Note that Diploma Units are not taught in numerical order.
UNIT 1: THE GLOBAL BUSINESS OF WINE
This unit explores the key drivers defining today’s wine and spirits markets and how they will shape the economic future of the industry. Students must write one 2500-3000 word paper and complete one closed-book exam. Sold as part of the Unit 2 tuition.
UNIT 2: VITICULTURE AND WINEMAKING
This unit is a thorough review of all the elements that viticulturalists and winemakers must consider when planting and maintaining a vineyard, and making wines. Students must complete one multiple-choice examination of 100 questions. Cost is $1900 for Online study; $2150 for Traditional Classroom and $2400 for a combination of Online and Traditional classroom study.
UNIT 3: LIGHT WINES OF THE WORLD
This unit reviews the history, trends, regulations, and natural and human factors relating to producing wine in the major production countries and regions around the world. Cost is $2300 for Online study; $2800 for Traditional Classroom and $3100 for a combination of Online and Traditional classroom study.
UNIT 4: SPIRITS OF THE WORLD
This unit covers the production and style options in all of the major spirit categories: fruit spirits, whiskeys, rum, tequila, vodka, gin, and other white spirits. Cost is $950 for Online study; $1000 for Traditional Classroom and $1075 for a combination of Online and Traditional classroom study.
UNIT 5: SPARKLING WINES OF THE WORLD
This unit is a thorough review of the production techniques of the major types of sparkling wines, as well as an in-depth examination of the major producing countries and regions. Cost is $840 for Online study; $875 for Traditional Classroom and $1000 for a combination of Online and Traditional classroom study.
UNIT 6: FORTIFIED WINES OF THE WORLD
This unit reviews the Port, Sherry, Madeira, and other major wines that are made by adding spirit to influence the final wine style. Students only pay for the units they are planning to take in advance of receiving books and registration. Cost is $840 for Online study; $875 for Traditional Classroom and $1000 for a combination of Online and Traditional classroom study.
Online Courses: Students may choose to do some units online and others in person or a combination of both formats. Online Unit 2 courses require in-person participation in an induction day that covers Diploma basics and tasting technique.
Exam Schedule: With the exception of the Unit 2 exam, all exam dates are set by WSET and cannot be rescheduled.
Prerequisite: Candidates are required to hold the WSET Level 3 certificate in Wines and Spirits to study for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. Please Note: Prices are subject to change. There are no refunds for Diploma courses.
Questions? We recommend that all students considering the Diploma take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions, but please do not hesitate to contact Adam Chase with any further queries. For more information on the Diploma program from a global perspective, we recommend browsing the WSET website.