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WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines

Discover the world’s wines and develop your expert wine-tasting skills with a progressive approach.

The WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines is an intermediate certification course that allows you to discover the world’s wines and develop your tasting skills. The WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines will enhance your knowledge of the leading local and international grape varieties, their producing regions and wine styles by understanding the environmental factors and production techniques for each. Then, through a combination of tasting and theory, you will explore the factors that impact style and quality, and learn the principles of wine tasting and evaluation, thus gaining the know-how to describe wines confidently. This certification course provides a good insight into the world’s wines and allows a broader mindset to welcome international visitors. Through tasting, you will understand the worldwide evolution of grape varieties influenced by seasonal climate variability.

The WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines covers an extensive range of wine subjects and provides a wine-tasting development skills method. It is one of the few qualifications that deals with wines from all over the world and leads to an international diploma.

Our course delivery method combines theory and tasting sessions to make learning a pleasure!

Upon completing this qualification, you will be able to read and understand a wine label, know the taste of the main grape varieties and skilfully advise your customers on food and wine pairing.

Do you wish to extend your knowledge of the world’s greatest wine regions and become a wine-tasting expert? Whether an industry professional or a passionate enthusiast, the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines is for you!

What Our Learners Say

I liked the rich and complete discovery of the French and world wine regions with vineyard topography and seasonal variability indications.

I particularly enjoyed The e-learning modules that are an integral part of the training at WiSP and enable complete immersion in production topics. They also facilitate the consolidation of important information about wine regions through diverse, rich, and interactive content.

The tutored sensory training sessions allow tasting grape varieties and wines unfairly dismissed or little known outside their home regions and exercise your palate.

Kudos to the educators for their expertise, accessibility, pedagogical excellence and infectious passion.

The educators’ anecdotes and short stories give meaning and become learning retention boosters.

I truly enjoyed the tailored pedagogy for our heterogeneous group of learners.

Receiving the textbook before the course start date allowed me to take full advantage of the educator’s explanations during class.

 

Please note that the format for level 2 wine differs in French (online modules and face-to-face courses) compared to the English format (face-to-face courses only).

Accessibility of training to people with disabilities. Contact our disability advisor on 05 57 71 75 61 or by email contact@wisp-campus.com in order to study together the necessary arrangements.

HOW WILL MY COURSE BE CONDUCTED ?

Here are the different stages of the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines, from course registration to certificate validation.

I validate my registration with the WiSP team, and seven days later, I receive the necessary books for my personal preparation.

15 days before the course starts, an e-mail will provide me with all the necessary information for the smooth running of my training (access to the e-learning platform, address and schedule for the in-person sessions, required materials).

I start my training to study at my own pace with the textbook

I join fellow learners in my group training session. The 3-days in-class session alternates between theory, consolidation and tasting practice.

The examination occurs on the last day and last hour of training. The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions (60 minutes).

Six weeks after the exam, I will receive my results by e-mail. If I successfully pass my exam, I will receive my WSET® certificate and lapel pin by post.

Who can benefit from the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines?

Beginners wishing to discover the wines of the world.

Industry professionals and wine enthusiasts who already have some basic knowledge of wine tasting.

WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines holders looking to build on their acquired knowledge.

Industry professionals or amateurs who are in the process of retraining.

Industry professionals wishing to obtain a recognised qualification to engage in a progressive career path: wholesale distributors, wine merchants, product or marketing managers, sommeliers and restaurant managers, etc.

Those involved in wine tourism.

What will you learn in this WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines?

The concept of terroir and its impact on viticultural practices.

The influence of winemaking and bottle ageing on the eight principal grape varieties (chardonnay, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, riesling, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir and syrah).

The styles and characteristics of main red and white grape varieties produced in each growing region.

The influence of the production process on the styles of wines.

The basic principles and practices of wine storage and service, as well as food and wine pairing.

WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines: Course Syllabus

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  • Grape berry components and structure
  • Necessary elements for optimal vine development
  • Evolution of grape maturity
  • Vine-growing environment and its influence
  • Various viticultural practices and their impact
  • Labelling terms related to origin or viticultural practices

  • Alcoholic fermentation process
  • Key stages of winemaking
  • Optional practices in winemaking
  • Bottle-ageing process

  • Classic international grape varieties: chardonnay, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, riesling, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir and syrah
  • Environmental factors (terroirs) and current viticultural practices for each grape variety
  • Optional practices in winemaking
  • Bottle-ageing process
  • Major wine regions of the world

  • Grape varieties
  • Keys stages of winemaking
  • Ageing options
  • Labelling terms specific to sparkling wines
  • Main producing regions

  • Ideal conservation conditions
  • Preserving opened wine
  • Recommended serving temperatures
  • Wine faults and flaws
  • Main food and wine pairing principles

Your Educators

What study materials will I receive for my WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines qualification?

To best prepare for the WSET® Level 2 Award in Winesqualification exam, we provide various study materials and resources to assist you.

Next sessions

Register for our upcoming WSET Level 2 in Wine session.

WSET level 2 Award in Wines / FRENCH

24

June 2024

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  • Language

    French
  • Session Type

    Physical / Online
  • City

    Bordeaux
  • Period

    24 Jun 2024 at 09H 00
    26 Jun 2024 at 17H 30

WSET level 2 Award in Wines / FRENCH

22

July 2024

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  • Language

    French
  • Session Type

    Physical / Online
  • City

    Bordeaux
  • Period

    22 Jul 2024 at 09H 00
    24 Jul 2024 at 17H 30

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines / FRENCH

28

August 2024

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  • Language

    French
  • Session Type

    Physical / Online
  • City

    Bordeaux
  • Period

    28 Aug 2024 at 09H 00
    30 Aug 2024 at 17H 15

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines / ENGLISH

09

October 2024

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  • Language

    English
  • Session Type

    Physical
  • City

    Bordeaux
  • Period

    09 Oct 2024 at 09H 00
    11 Oct 2024 at 17H 15

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines / FRENCH

04

November 2024

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  • Language

    French
  • Session Type

    Physical / Online
  • City

    Bordeaux
  • Period

    04 Nov 2024 at 09H 00
    06 Nov 2024 at 17H 15

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines / FRENCH

12

November 2024

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  • Language

    French
  • Session Type

    Physical / Online
  • City

    Toulouse
  • Period

    12 Nov 2024 at 09H 00
    14 Nov 2024 at 17H 15

FAQ WSET Level 2 in wines
All the answers to your questions

WSET Level 2 award in wines is the intermediate qualification offered by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. It provides a comprehensive understanding of wines from around the world. With this certificate, you will be able to taste wine with greater precision, describe its style and quality, and explain how it was produced.

This course is open to wine enthusiasts, career changers, and professionals in the wine industry. There are no prerequisites for applying and taking the course.

While the WSET course is not a vocational training, it opens doors to various wine-related careers, such as wine retailers, oenologists, cellar masters, wine sales professionals, wine marketers, and servers. If you are changing careers, having internationally recognized qualifications can enhance your employability.

You can continue your wine education by either taking the WSET Level 3 in wines, one of the most widely recognized wine certifications globally, or the French Wine Scholar (FWS) offered by the Wine Scholar Guild. You can also switch to spirits by taking the corresponding WSET Level 2 award in spirits qualification.

WiSP offers a pedagogy that combines theory with active and participative learning. You will engage in quizzes, real-world case studies, pre-training digital content, and unforgettable tasting experiences. WiSP is skilled at accommodating diverse groups. At WiSP, you are not just a number; you are supported by our teams before, during, and after your training journey.

At WiSP, you have options! The course can be taken in-person or through e-learning, depending on the session dates. If you choose e-learning, please note that the course will be conducted exclusively in English (French version coming soon).

At WiSP, the format is hybrid, with 3 days of in-person training and access to the WiSP platform for 1 month. Therefore, the WSET Level 2 in wines course spans 3 days in person and 1 month of e-learning, equivalent to 31 hours in total.

WSET Level 2 in wines requires approximately 15 hours of personal study in addition to the formal training.

WiSP offers an exclusive feature you won’t find anywhere else. You have the opportunity to start your training with 1 month of e-learning for knowledge acquisition on a dedicated platform. Through innovative, diverse, rich, engaging, and immersive content, you will approach the 3 days of in-person training with confidence and make the most of the sharing and tasting moments. This e-learning platform is a WiSP exclusive and an integral part of the course.

You can browse testimonials on the website, but here is a brief summary of what our alumni have appreciated about their training at WiSP: the richness of the training allowed them to discover wine regions in France and around the world with topographical and climatological information for each vineyard studied. Exclusive WiSP e-learning modules facilitated total immersion and better preparation. Tastings enabled them to explore both well-known and lesser-known wines and refine their palate. Alumni consistently mention the expertise, accessibility, pedagogical excellence of the trainers, and the sharing of anecdotes. They also appreciate WiSP’s pedagogy, tailored to the heterogeneous level of each group of learners.

You will have the opportunity to learn from exceptional educators: Matthias Seignette, holder of the WSET Diploma and accredited Bordeaux Wine Educator as well as WSET. Annabelle Mispelblom Beijer, holder of the Diplôme Universitaire d’Aptitude à la Dégustation (DUAD) from the demanding Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences (oenology university) in Bordeaux. Cécile Debroas Castaings, Certified winemaker, holder of a Master of Science in Wine Management, and passionate about blind tasting. She obtained the title of WSET Certified Educator in 2019. Emiliano Stratico, holder of the WSET Diploma, a graduate of Sorbonne with a Master’s in wine-focused pedagogy, and accredited to teach WSET, French Wine Scholar™, and Spanish Wine Scholar™ courses. Fanny Darrieussecq, holder of the prestigious Master of Science (MSc.) in Wine Management from the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), Founder and CEO of WiSP campus.

The WSET Level 2 in wines course comprises 5 modules spread over 3 days of training.

You will have the opportunity to taste over 40 wines, ranging from prestigious to rare selections.

To earn your certificate, you will take a 50-question multiple-choice examination lasting 1
hour. You must answer at least 55% of the questions correctly to pass.
Results are typically sent via email approximately 6 weeks after taking the exam, and the physical diploma
is mailed to you.
Yes, if you fail the exam, you have the option to retake the WSET Level 2 in wines during a subsequent session, at an additional cost, which you will pay upon registration.
At WiSP, the pass rate was 96% in 2022/2023.

Yes! Depending on your status at the time of enrolment, you may be able to apply for financial assistance. Find all the details of available funding options on this page.

Upon successful enrolment, you will receive books, materials, and resources to aid in your preparation and course follow-up: the book “Wine: behind the label”, the student workbook, and the laminated tasting sheet that you will use during the courses, in addition to access to the WiSP e-learning platform.

Yes, the online program is entirely identical. Only the activities and course duration differ. The exam is the same, and the certificate awarded is also the same. You can take the exam (multiple-choice questions) online in English if you have the required equipment and setup.
VAT does not apply to French professional development training, which means it is exempt for French employees (in employment or seeking employment). VAT is applied by default to students (initial education), retirees, and non-French residents.
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