WSET Courses are internationally recognised qualifications which are regarded as the gold standard by most major drinks industry employers. The Trust was founded over 50 years ago, and as their qualifications have gained popularity and prestige, today they are often completed by enthusiasts who have no intention of joining the wine trade. It's simply a way to formalise your interest in wine by studying it within a structured syllabus.
For those of you who just love to learn, here is how the qualification structure works.
- WSET Level 1 Award in Wine - A course for beginners who want to get to grips with the key grape varieties, service and storage, pairing food and wine, and basic winemaking. The course (inc. exam) is completed in a day.
- WSET Level 2 Award in Wine - A course for beginners (it's not necessary to have done L1 first) who want a thorough introduction to the world of wine. Important grape varieties, key wine regions, wine by style, viticulture, vinification, wine tasting technique and food and wine pairing are all covered. The course is completed over 3 days and you are required to complete 12 hours of additional study at home.
- WSET Level 3 Award in Wine - A course for senior wine professionals or dedicated enthusiasts who wish to develop advanced knowledge of wine regions, winemaking techniques, understand wine style, quality and price and be able to critically assess wine using the Systematic Approach to Tasting. The course is completed over 6 or 7 days and you are required to complete 48-50 hours of additional study at home.
This in-depth intensive course is the WSET L3 Award in Wines, it is intended as vocational training in advanced product knowledge for those employed in the drinks industry and is increasingly valued by enthusiasts looking to develop their expert...
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