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WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines

Beginners course for those who want to start a career in the wine business or for those who are passionate about wines.


  • Get basic knowledge on international wines and main grape varieties
  • Learn to taste wines following the Systematic Approach of WSET
  • Learn to read a wine label
  • Taste and understand wine styles

For whom

  • Anyone currently a little lost but interested in wine and wine tasting: HoReCa and the enthusiasts alike
  • People interested in going on to an international career in the wine and/or hospitality industry
  • Anyone interested in acquiring a solid base in wine tasting

The course

  • It is provided by a WSET approved professor who alternates theory and tasting
  • It follows WSET London course materials: powerpoint slides + course work
  • 50% of the time is devoted to theory, 50% to tasting
  • Language of the course is English
Entry requirementsOver 18; Basic level of English
Wine tastingTaste and describe wines using the WSET systematic approach to tasting
Food and wine pairingA practical guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully
Wine serving and storageLearn the correct way to store and serve wine and recognise common faults found in wine
Social responsibilityA guide to sensible drinking
Factors influencing the style of wineStudy the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine in the vineyard and winery
Grape VarietiesCharacteristics and styles of wines produces from the main grape varieties

White grapes: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling

Red grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/ Shiraz

WinesWhite: Pinot Grigio, Sancerre, Chablis, Sauternes

Sparkling: Cava, Champagne

Red: Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rioja, Chianti

Number of wines tasted15 wines
Study materialsStudents will receive the Level 1 Award in Wine Study Guide

Preparation/plan your study: a period of 6 to 8 hours of home working is recommended before the course.

Duration of course1 day; 1 hour of exam
Examination WSET30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes

A mark of 70% required to pass

CertificationAll students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin

For more information, please visit: https://www.wsetglobal.com/media/4945/wset_l1wines_specification_en_jul2017.pdf

The course fee comprises VAT and includes: study pack, exams, glasses and wines for tasting

Registration must be done 3 weeks prior to the courses and will be validated after receipt of the payment

Fill in the following form to register: Enrollment form Winecraft WSET 1

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