Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in Australia

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was established in the UK in 1969, as an organisation
devoted to the development and delivery of qualifications and courses in wines, spirits and sake.

WSET offers nine qualifications designed for not only passionate enthusiasts and those starting out in their wine related careers, but also for experienced professionals looking to further their knowledge.

www.wsetglobal.com

 

PLEASE NOTE: While Sommeliers Australia does not conduct WSET courses, we have compiled a national list of WSET Approved Programme Providers. Please scroll down to view these state-by-state.

 

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Qualification Learning outcomes

If you are new to wine, this qualification is for you. Participants will receive a hands-on introduction to the world of wine through sight, smell and taste. Time will be spent exploring the main grape varieties and their characteristics, as well as learning food and wine pairing with an intensive practical session.

After successful completion of a multiple-choice exam, participants will receive an official WSET certificate and pin.

Curriculum:

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • How to store and serve wine
  • The principles of food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Systematic Approach

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits

Qualification Learning outcomes

This qualification will provide a solid understanding of major grape varieties and their regions. Participants will learn about classifications, laws and relevant labelling terminology of all major grape varieties around the world to ensure they understand what is inside a bottle simply by looking at the label. Key production techniques of spirits and liquors will also be covered, as well as food and wine pairing.

After successful completion of a multiple-choice exam, participants will receive an official WSET certificate and pin.

Curriculum:

  • Tasting technique and food & wine pairing
  • Factors influencing Wine Style, Quality and Price
  • Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah, Grenache & Riesling
  • Other white grape varieties & wines
  • Other black grape varieties & wines
  • Sweet & sparkling wine
  • Fortified & spirits

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Qualification Learning outcomes

This qualification will provide participants with a detailed, comprehensive understanding of grape growing, winemaking and environmental factors influencing wine style and quality. Graduates will have the ability to accurately assess wine and explain the style and quality of wines from France, Italy, Spain, South Africa and much more.

After successful completion of a blind tasting, multiple choice and short answer examination graduates will receive an official WSET certificate and pin.

Curriculum:

  • Natural & human influences in the vineyard
  • Human influences in the winery
  • White wines of Germany, Alsace, Hungary and Austria
  • White Wines of Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux
  • Red and Rosé Wines of Bordeaux, South West France and the Loire Valley
  • Red Wines of Burgundy and the Red and White Wines of the Northern Rhône Valley
  • Red, white and rosé wines of the Southern Rhône Valley, Southern France; Red wines of Spain part 1 and white wines of Spain and Portugal
  • Red Wines of Northern Spain and Red and White Wines of Northern Italy
  • Red and White wines of Central and Southern Italy, the Red Wines of Portugal, and the Red and White wines of Greece
  • Premium red and white regions of the world
  • Regional specialities
  • Sparkling & Fortified

WSET Level 4 Diploma

Qualification Learning outcomes

Level 4 is universally viewed as the stepping stone to the Master of Wine Qualification, and as such provides an incredibly in-depth understanding of wines and spirits. Wine and spirit production, regions, styles and global trade will all be covered as individual modules and participants will emerge with a huge amount of wine and spirit knowledge and be true specialists in the industry.

After successful completion of a series of intensive theory and practical exams, participants will receive an official WSET certificate and pin, and are able to use the post-nominal DipWSET and associated WSET certified logo.


WSET Approved Programme Providers

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra

Pialligo Estate
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www.pialligoestate.com.au

 

Tasmania

Launceston & Hobart

Vintage Tasmania
www.vintagetasmania.com