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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses provide globally recognised qualifications which are suitable for both wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. As a WSET Approved Programme Provider (APP) Defining Wine Ltd has been certified to offer this qualification as part of the UK’s Qualifications and Credits Framework which is accredited by OfQual.

Who's it for?

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines (formerly known as the Foundation Certificate) is intended to establish the basic skills and product knowledge required in the service and retail of wine; it is ideal for preparing a person for their first job in hospitality or retail.

This course is also a good introductory first course for the wine enthusiast who wishes to study in a structured way: the qualification will cover skills such as identifying wine styles, practice of storing and serving wine, and food and wine matching.

Programme outline

: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir & Shiraz
Wine Tasting Taste and describe wines using the WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting
Food and Wine Matching A practical guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully
Wine Service and Storage Learn the correct way to store and serve wine and recognise common faults found in wine
Types and Styles of Wine Learn about what makes wines taste different
Grape Varieties Learn about the characteristics and styles of wines produced from the main grape varieties:
– Main white grape varieties: Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio & Riesling
– Main black grape varieties
Named Wines White: Pinot Grigio, Muscadet, Sancerre, Chablis, Sauternes
Red: Claret, Beaujolais, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rioja, Chianti
Number of Wines Tasted A minimum 12 wines will be tasted as part of the course

Course outline

Duration 1 day inclusive of examination or 3 evenings
Time 9.30am – 5.00pm or 6.30pm-9.30pm
Examination 30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes. A mark of 70% required to pass
Certification All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin
Study Materials Students will receive the Level 1 Study Guide

Entry requirements

Students and candidates who are under 18 will NOT be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverages as part of their course, but this is NOT a barrier for successfully completing the qualification.

No previous experience of Wine Tasting is necessary to register on this course.


£155 – £175 (depending on venue)

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