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WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines
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WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines

Become an expert in grape growing and winemaking of world wines.

Combining theory notions and sensory tasting training of 65 wines, the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines is an advanced-level course that offers a detailed understanding of grape growing, winemaking, and tasting techniques of the world’s wines. The WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines also delivers significant international market knowledge. This certification course, which is very comprehensive in technical and tasting aspects, establishes a solid foundation in the wine industry.

Upon successful course completion of the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines, you will be able to assess wines accurately and give expert advice to your customers. In addition, you will have the in-depth product knowledge required to underpin highly-valued job skills and competencies for a worldwide career in the wine industry. Please note that the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines rrequires at least 50 hours of self-study. At WiSP, you can follow this course in classroom mode at our Bordeaux, Toulouse or Pau campuses or through online learning.

What Our Learners Say

  • I greatly appreciated the richness of the course content, which was exceptionally well explained by pedagogical and patient educators.
  • My favourite subject was soil and climate’s impact on wine regions and the transversality with New World regions.
  • The high quality of the tutored sensory training with its 65 wine tastings and the diversity of the vineyards covered.
  • Thanks to the educators for the programme interactive pedagogy that facilitates knowledge retention.
  • Educators take the time to explain and clarify the various and sometimes complex concepts.
  • I greatly appreciated the in-class rhythm of twice 3 days/2 weeks. It allows for gradual knowledge assimilation.
  • Great exchanges and debates! The interactions between the various participants were a big plus.

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.

Who can benefit from the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines?

Industry professionals and wine lovers who already have good basic knowledge of wine tasting.

Wine enthusiasts wishing to discover a wide range of wines and obtain an internationally recognised certification.

WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines holders looking to build on their acquired knowledge.

Industry professionals wishing and needing to build on their acquired knowledge to engage in a motivating career path: wholesale distributors, wine merchants, product or marketing managers, sommeliers and restaurant managers, etc.

Industry professionals wishing to obtain an internationally recognised wine selection and customer service expertise.

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

What will you learn in this 5-day WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines?

Identify the main natural (terroir) and human factors involved in producing still wines from vine to bottle.

Learn to demonstrate how terroir influences a wine's style, quality and price.

Identify and describe the characteristics of still, sparkling and fortified wines produced in the principal wine-producing regions of the world.

Gain in-depth knowledge of the leading regions and appellations of the largest wine-producing countries: France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany, England, Central and South-Eastern Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, and South American countries (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru). Be able to explain their style, quality and price.

Demonstrate the ability to provide professional information and advice to customers.

Accurately taste and describe the key characteristics of the world's principal still wines and use this sensory analysis to assess quality and readiness for drinking (ageing potential).

Describe and distinguish the most common wine faults and flaws.

Understand the impact of alcohol on society and the legal issues related to the consumption of wine and spirits.

Detailed curriculum of the WSET® Level 3 wine course

WSET issue 2, 2022

  • Natural factors in the vineyard: Vine, climate, weather, soil
  • Human factors in the vineyard: grape growing techniques
  • Human factors in the cellar: winemaking techniques and options

The Leading Still Wines

  • France (Bordeaux, Southwest region, Bourgogne, Beaujolais, Alsace, Loire, Rhône, South of France)
  • Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece
  • Italy
  • Spain and Portugal
  • The United States (California, Oregon, Washington, New York) and Canada
  • Chili and Argentina
  • South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand
Sparkling Wines
  • Production: Traditional, by transfer, closed tank, asti, gasification
  • France: Champagne, Loire and crémant
  • Spain: Cava
  • Italy: Asti and prosecco
  • Germany: Sekt
  • New World: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and California
Fortified Wines
  • Production: sweetness, mutage, ageing
  • Port wines
  • Sherry
  • Fortified muscats

  • How to recommend wines to customers
  • Wine faults and flaws
  • Main food and wine pairing principles
  • Health, safety, legal and social consequences of drinking wine

  • Assessing a wine’s visual characteristics
  • Assessing a wine’s nose
  • Assessing a wine’s mouthfeel
  • Drawing up a reasoned conclusion (quality, ageing potential)

Our Certified Educators


To best prepare for the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines qualification exam, we provide various study materials and resources to assist you.


Here are the different stages of the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines, from course registration to certificate validation.

I validate my registration with the support of the WiSP team.

Seven days after my registration validation, I receive the textbooks necessary for my pre-course preparation and access codes to the WiSP e-learning platform (FR version only). Self-study time recommended: 50 hours.

Fifteen days before the course start date, an e-mail will provide me with all the necessary information and required study materials for Day 1

On Day 1, I join fellow learners in my group training session. The in-class mode alternates between theory, consolidation and tasting practice.

The examination occurs on the last day and last hour of training. The last half-day of training is entirely dedicated to the exam. First, the theoretical test (2 hours) and then the tasting test (30 minutes).

Twelve weeks after the exam, I will receive my results by e-mail. Twelve weeks after the exam, I will receive my results by e-mail.

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A course that combines theory and tasting sensory training.

An innovative and inclusive educational approach.

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52% success rate in the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines.

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