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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

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All WSET textbooks and study guides are in an eBook format.

In-class

Course details

This intermediate-level course is for those entering a profession in the wine industry as well as for enthusiasts who wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.

Prerequisite: None.

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is the perfect wine course for anyone wishing to learn about a wide range of grapes and styles, as well as those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown and the styles of wine they produce.

This 17-hour course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills. Expect to spend 11 hours on preparation and review outside of the classroom.

You'll learn:

  • How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
  • How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
    • Chardonnay
    • Pinot Grigio/Gris
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Riesling
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Merlot
    • Pinot Noir
    • Syrah/Shiraz
  • The style and quality of wines:
    • Made from 22 regionally important grape varieties
    • Produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world
  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:
    • Sparkling wines
    • Fortified wines
  • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
  • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
  • Principles of food and wine pairing

Upon successful completion of a 50-question multiple-choice exam, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

All WSET textbooks and study guides are in an eBook format.

View the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines specification for more information about the course.

Upcoming courses

Saturdays, March 4th - March 25th at 9:30am - 4:30pm (no class on March 18th). Exam on Saturday, March 25th at 1:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501.

Tuesdays, April 4th - May 23rd at 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Exam on Tuesday, May 30th at 6:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501.

Saturdays, June 10th - June 24th at 9:30am - 4:30pm. Exam on Saturday, June 24th at 1:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501.

Saturdays, July 15th - July 29th at 9:30am - 4:30pm. Exam on Saturday, July 29th at 1:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501.