About the course
This course is addressed to novice wine enthusiasts and to professionals starting their new career in wine or hospitality. You will learn to describe wine in an easy, but structured way through sight, smell and taste thanks to a systematic approach and you will be able to identify the main styles of wine. By the end of the course you will also understand the key principles of food and wine pairing, wine service and storage and be able to apply these principles to everyday life and work.
No prior knowledge is required. The course will be delivered in English, so a good level of English is beneficial.
After passing the final exam, students will receive a WSET Certificate and a lapel pin.
- The key stages in grape growing and winemaking:
- Name the main parts of a grape and what they contain
- Name the key stages in the annual cycle of grape growing and know what happens during ripening
- Name and define different grape-growing climates and state how they can affect the characteristics of grapes
- List the requirements for and the products of alcoholic fermentation
- Name and correctly order the key stages in the production of still white, red and rosé wines
- Types, characteristics and styles of wines from the principal grape varieties and other examples of wines:
- Define the types of wine and the characteristics that contribute to their styles
- Name the principal grape varieties and identify the characteristics and styles of their wines
- Identify and relate examples of wines from principal grape varieties to the grape varieties, types, characteristics and styles of wines
- Identify and relate other examples of wines to the types, characteristics and styles of wines
- How to Store and Serve Wine:
- Identify and describe the basic principles for a correct wine service and storage
- Identify the principal food and wine interactions and recognise the effect they typically have on a wine
- WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT):
- Learn how to describe a wine through a tutored tasting of eight samples
Note: you are not required to read the study material before attending the classes. The study material will be delivered the first day of the course. Six hours study time delivered as guided learning hours in the classroom is needed to sit the final exam.
About the exam
In order to obtain the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines certificate, students must sit a final exam consisting of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass, students must answer 70% of the questions correctly. The exam will take place in the last session of the course.
The Specification contains all the necessary information about the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, the course programme and some suggestions about how to plan your study and get prepared for the final exam and the terms and conditions for the exam. Please, download and read the document carefully.
Cost of the Course
The cost includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, examination fee and postage charges for the delivery of the study pack (Sweden only).
About the teacher
The course will be delivered by Tommasella Perniciaro, DipWSET, FWS, director of The Good Wine Habit and WSET Certified Educator.