About the course
This course, totally renovated and available from August 2019, is a beginner-to-intermediate level qualification and it is addressed to wine enthusiasts and professionals who have either no or basic knowledge about wines and grape varieties, aiming at getting a basic, but well-structured introduction to the world of wines.
Through an engaging and informative course, students will explore the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the wine regions and denominations where they are grown and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of theory and tasting sections, you will learn about the key factors in the vineyard and in the winery affecting the wine style and quality and key labeling terms to identify wines easily and to give advice about the proper selection and service. After the course, you will have the confidence to describe wine in an easy, but structured way and to assess its quality in a professional way.
No prior knowledge is required. The course will be delivered in English, so a good level of English is beneficial. Students completely new to wine may wish to complete the Level 1 Award in Wines first. However, this is not essential.
Note: You will be expected to read the provided text book before attending the classes. The study material will be delivered by courier to students after the enrollment onto the course. This is a classroom delivery course and it requires both attendance and self-study time. The course delivery time in classroom is 16 hours, but students are expected to dedicate a minimum of 12 hours to personal study and revision.
After successfully passing the final exam, students will receive a WSET Certificate and a lapel pin.
- Factors affecting the style and quality of wine produced from 8 principle grape varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah/Shiraz):
- Environmental factors
- Viticulture: how grapes are grown
- Winemaking: how wine is made
- Style and Quality of wines:
- made from 22 regionally important grape varieties
- produced in more than 70 geographical indications around the world
- The production of sweet, sparkling and fortified wines
- Key labelling terms to indicate origin, style and quality of wine
- Food and Wine Pairings:
- Identification of the main key principles of food and wine pairings
- Matching wine styles with food depending on the principle interactions and personal preferences
- How to Store and Serve Wine:
- Identification and description of the basic principles for a correct service and storage
- Learn how to taste and describe a wine through the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT):
- Tutored tasting of 47 samples
About the exam
In order to obtain the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines certificate, students must sit a final exam consisting of 50 multiple choice questions to be completed in one hour. To pass, students must answer 55% of the questions correctly.
The Specification contains all the necessary information about the WSET Level 2 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.