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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Image of a close up row of a red wine glasses. Logo that says WSET Wine & Spirit Education Trust and text that says WSET Level 1 Award in Wines.

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

In-class

Course details

This beginner level wine course is for those starting a career in wine or hospitality or enthusiasts exploring wine for personal interest. You will build your confidence when tasting wine, reading a wine list, buying a bottle or pairing wine with food.

Prerequisite: None

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately and make food and wine pairings.

This 6-hour course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine and wine and food pairing.

You'll learn:

  • 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 Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

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

View the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines specification for more information about the course.

The course will be delivered by IWEG's WSET Certified Educator Karen Lavigne.

Upcoming courses

Saturday, September 17th at 9:30 am - 4:30pm. Exam at 3:30pm.

Saturday, October 15th at 9:30 am - 4:30pm. Exam at 3:30pm.

Saturday, November 12th at 9:30 am - 4:30pm. Exam at 3:30pm.

Saturday December 10th, at 9:30 am - 4:30pm. Exam at 3:30pm.