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WSET level 1 Award in wines on-line

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WSET level 1 Award in wines on-line


About this course

WSET level 1 Award in wines on-line

A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those who want to discover the world of wine at their own pace.

You’ll explore the different wine categories and the key stages of their production, you’ll also become familiar with the main grape varieties by theory and tasting*. Finally, you’ll understand the key principles involved in the storage and service of wine.

On-line courses are available in English only. The course will be based around a 4-week, 7 modules online learning programme with educator support available for this time. The course modules should be followed in order, but students are free to complete the modules at their own pace during this 4- week window. The course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete, plus revision time. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.

However, candidate must show at Bordeaux or Toulouse campus for siting the examination in-class.

*a tasting set of 10 wines (2cl.) corresponding to the official programme can be supplied (optional). See Study Materials section.



You are active (working or unemployed) in France, and you wish to have your course financed within the framework of vocational training aid? This training can be financed through various means.

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Syllabus 2020 – 2021

Module 1: What is Wine & How is it Made?

Know the key stages in grape growing and winemaking.

  • Parts of a grape
  • Grape growing
  • Climate
  • Alcoholic Fermentation
  • Production of still white, red and rosé wines


Module 2 : Types & Syles of wine

Know the different types and styles of wines that exists.

  • 3 main styles of wine: still, sparkling, fortified wines
  • Notable structural characteristics of all wines


Module 3: Introduction to tasting

Know how to taste wine using a systematic approach

  • Taste wine and describe its notable characteristics using language from WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • Differences and similarities between different styles of wine


Module 4: Grape varieties and wines

Know the types, characteristics and styles of wines from the principal grape varieties and other examples of wines.

  • Principal grape varieties: their characteristics and styles of their wines.
  • Named wines: related grape varieties, types, characteristics and styles of wine.


Module 5: Storage & service of wines

Know the key principles and practices involved in the storage and service of wine.

  • Storage of wine
  • Service temperature
  • Serving wine


Module 6: Pairing Food & Wines

Identify the principal food and wine interactions and recognise the effect they typically have on a wine.


Module 7: Revision & resources

Mock multiple-choice feedback examination which can be attempted as many times as the student likes

Upon registration you’ll receive a 4 weeks full-time access to the online classroom. No book is needed, all the content will be studied online.

Wine tasting is an important part of the programme and you’re expected to source the recommended wines yourself. However, considering you’ll not need an entire bottle of each wine we propose an optional tasting set of the 10 wines recommended in WSET Level 1 in wines specifications, in a 2cl format.

More infos

The pack contains the 10 different wine samples needed to meet the tasting requirements for students taking WSET level 1 award in wines course (more details on the selection of wines in the section “Recommended tasting samples” of the documents SPECIFICATIONS).

44,80€ (France) + shipping fees (contact us on this).

Candidates will have to show at our Bordeaux or Toulouse campus for siting the exam in-class.

  • Type : 30 multiple-choice questions
  • Duration : 45 minutes
  • Pass marks : 70 %


Entry requirements: none
Duration: 4 weeks
Languages: English
Wines tasted:Set of 10 recommended wines (2 cl.) available (optional)




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