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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Online

Image of various hands sorting grapes with the logo WSET Wine & Spirit Education Trust and the text WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - Online

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

Online

IWEG offers online WSET courses through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. This course is based around a 9-week structured online program with a recommendation of 10 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook. The course follows a weekly structure, but you can work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study. You may contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course. Each week includes a series of independent and/or group activities that guide you through the key wine regions of the world looking at the factors in the vineyard and winery that influence wine styles. You are advised to taste a range of wines during your studies; a list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the specification. Please note that it is your responsibility to source these wines samples and the cost of these is not included in the tuition fee. You can post your tasting notes in the WSET Online Classroom for review by the educator.

Course details

This advanced-level course is for industry professionals as well as dedicated enthusiasts who want to develop a broader and deeper understanding of wine. You’ll have a thorough understanding of grape growing and wine making and the factors that account for the style, quality and price of the principal still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world. You'll learn how to use your tasting notes to make objective conclusions on a wine's style, quality and readiness for drinking.

Prerequisite: None, however successful completion of WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is recommended or an equivalent level of wine knowledge. Experience with writing English at the college level would be beneficial.

This 40-hour course provides in-depth and detailed understanding of how human and natural factors in vineyard and winery affect wine style, quality and price. It further develops systematic tasting and description skills. Expect to spend 50 hours of preparation and review outside of the classroom.

You'll learn:

  • Grape varieties, wines and wine-growing regions in detail
  • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
  • How these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal
    • Still wines of the world
    • Sparkling wines of the world
    • Fortified wines of the world
  • How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality
  • How to make appropriate wine recommendations
  • How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Upon successful completion of theory and blind tasting exams, 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 3 Award in Wines specification for more information about the course.

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Upcoming courses

Monday, January 9th - Sunday, March 12th. Exam on Saturday, March 18th at 2:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. Course code: O3WI2308APP. Course fee payment due Friday, December 16th at noon.

Monday, January 30th - Sunday, April 2nd. Tasting workshop on Saturday, April 28th. Exam on Sunday, April 29th at 2:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. Course code: O3WI2309APP. Course fee payment due Friday, January 20th at noon.

Monday, February 20th - Sunday, April 23rd. Tasting workshop on Saturday, April 28th. Exam on Sunday, April 29th at 2:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. Course code: O3WI2310APP. Course fee payment due Friday, February 10th at noon.

Monday, March 13th - Sunday, May 14th. Tasting workshop on Saturday, June 9th. Exam on Sunday, June 10th at 2:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. Course code: O3WI2311APP. Course fee payment due Friday, March 3rd at noon.

Monday, April 3rd - Sunday, June 4th. Tasting workshop on Saturday, June 9th. Exam on Sunday, June 10th at 2:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. Course code: O3WI2312APP. Course fee payment due Friday, March 24th at noon.

Monday, April 24th - Sunday, June 25th. Tasting workshop on Saturday, July 21st. Exam on Sunday, July 22nd at 2:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. Course code: O3WI2313APP. Course fee payment due Friday, April 14th at noon.

Monday, May 15th - Sunday, July 16th. Tasting workshop on Saturday, July 21st. Exam on Sunday, July 22nd at 2:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. Course code: O3WI2314APP. Course fee payment due Friday, May 5th at noon.