The Wine Education Trust (WSET) is the internationally recognised governing body for wine education and qualifications, for both professionals and enthusiasts.
Polly is our WSET Certified Educator and we are now offering WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 in Wines at GrapeSmith Wine Academy.
1 day - 6.5 hours
WSET Level 1
Obtain an internationally recognised wine qualification in just 1 day! A beginner level introduction to wine; suitable for those starting a wine career or simply pursuing an interest in wine.
This course provides a general introduction to the subject, including how to recognise wine styles, key grape varieties and classic wines, plus guidance on how to match food with wine, storage and service of wine, and recording of tasting notes.
You will taste wines from a broad range of styles and regions throughout the day and go armed with a solid foundation on which to build future wine knowledge. Whilst informative, this is also a really fun day - very interactive and not at all intimidating.
The day finishes with an exam paper comprising 30 multiple choice questions. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin. Level 1 is recommended (but not necessary) if you wish to do Level 2.
16 hours (+home study) TUES 6pm -8pm
WSET Level 2
A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring the world of wines. Provides a sound knowledge base for those working in the industry and equally for wine enthusiasts.
This comprehensive course introduces you to a diverse spectrum of wines from across the world - some familiar, and some less so. On completion of this course you will be able to:
• Account for the differences in the main styles of wines, looking at winemaking, regional influences, and the effects on quality and style.
• Describe the main international grape varieties and understand how they differ regionally.
• Decipher the style of a wine through an understanding of different labelling terms.
• Apply basic principles of food and wine matching (this element of the course is particularly useful for those within the restaurant trade).
• Provide advice on service and storage of wines. There will typically be 5-7 samples per session, allowing you to taste a diverse and broad range of wines.
This course runs across 8 weeks, with a final exam taken in week 9 or 10. The exam comprises 50 multiple choice questions. Additional home study time will be required for successful completion of this course.
Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
32 HOURS (+54 HRS HOME STUDY MIN)
WSET Level 3
An advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts.
For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing (viticulture) and wine making (viniculture) in all key regions of the world. From Greece to Germany, Australia to Austria, you will become versed in not only the wines, but also the climatic, geographical, and human influences at play. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality.
The qualification consists of passing both a theory and tasting exam. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
Enrolment on this course requires successful completion of WSET Level 2 in Wines (or Wines & Spirits) or equivalent industry/wine knowledge.”
This course runs over eight 4.5 hour sessions. Additional home study time of 54 hours (minimum) is required.
WSET Certified Educator