The Foundation

WSET was founded as charitable trust in 1969 to serve the growing educational needs of the UK wine and spirits industry which, at the time, primarily spanned import, distribution and retail. Funding was provided by The Vintners’ Company and WSET took over the education initiatives started by the Wine and Spirit Association of Great Britain.

Going Global

As recognition grew for WSET qualifications we realised there was a demand beyond the UK for quality education in wines and spirits. In 1977 WSET expanded access to qualifications abroad, by launching courses in the Republic of Ireland. And in the same year we launched WSET qualifications across the Atlantic, with the International Wine Education Guild (IWEG) in Ontario, Canada, becoming the first North American provider of WSET qualifications.

By the end of the 1990’s WSET qualifications were available in the UK, Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Asia. In 2007 international students taking WSET exams outnumbered UK students for the first time.

In 2016 we opened our first international office in Hong Kong to serve our growing Asia markets. In 2017 we appointed a dedicated on-territory USA team, with permanent offices opening in Hartford, Connecticut in 2019.

Today WSET qualifications are available in over 70 countries in 15 languages, through a network of 900+ course providers, and students outside the UK represent over 75% of WSET candidates each year.



Educator: Foni Pollitt DipWSET
wset@mayfairlane.com.au

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Upcoming Dates

Level 1

Monday 1st November 2021 9am to 5pm

Level 2

November Intensive – 3 Days + exam – starting Monday 15th | Wednesday 17th | Monday 22nd + Exam – 9am start

Level 3

February Intensive – 2 Half Days a week – 8 weeks – Date tbc

February PM – 2 nights a week – 16 weeks – Date tbc

 

Register your interest in Level 1, Level 2  & Level 3 wset@mayfairlane.com.au

Private Classes upon request. Minimum 12 people.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a beginner level introduction to wine, suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. For individuals new to wine study, this qualification 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.

Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully complete a 30-question multiple choice question paper.

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Classroom Cost: $350.00 

Course Details

Duration:

Classroom: 6 hours normally held in one sitting – including 45 minute examination

Includes:

Classroom: 6 Wine Samples, Text Book, Exam, Certificate, Pin.

What’s Covered

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • How to make food and wine pairings
  • Tutored tasting of nine wines
  • How to store and serve wine
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1

Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Assessment

The exam takes place in the last session of the course. The exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass you must correctly answer 70% of the questions. This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

RESIT EXAM FEE: $120

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines for those working in the industry or wine enthusiasts. This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or for those seeking to build upon the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll learn about 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.

Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

To gain this qualification, a 50-question multiple choice paper must be successfully completed.

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Classroom Cost: $950.00 

Course Details

Duration:

Classroom: 17 hours Class structure tba – One hour included for examination

Personal Study: 11 hours (including revision)

Includes:

Classroom: 46 Wine Samples, Text Book, Exam, Certificate, Pin.

This structured and informative course explores the major grape varieties and important regions that define the world’s key wines. You’ll learn about production, key labelling terminology and major classifications to help you identify wines with confidence. 

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

What’s Covered

  • How wine is made
  • What factors influence wine style
  • The key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics
  • The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown
  • The production of sparkling, sweet and fortified wines
  • Label terminology
  • Tutored tastings of 46 wines
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • How to make food and wine pairings

Assessment

The exam takes place in the last session of the course. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be completed in one hour. To pass you must correctly answer 55% of the questions. This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

RESIT EXAM FEE: $120

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is an advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts. For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo. To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully complete:
Unit 1: a 50 question multiple choice paper, and a 4 question, short written answer paper
Unit 2: a blind tasting of two wines

Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

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Classroom Cost: $1650.00 

Course Details

Duration:

Classroom: 30 hours Class structure – plus 2.5-hour examination

Personal Study: 54 hours (including revision)

Includes:

Classroom: 85 Wine Samples, Text Book, Exam, Certificate, Pin. Plus, extra wines for blind tastings

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

What’s Covered

  • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
  • The major grape varieties
  • The key characteristics of the principal:
  • Still wines of the world
  • Sparkling wines of the world
  • Fortified wines of the world
  • Label terminology
  • How to make food and wine pairings
  • How to analyse wines to account for their style and quality
  • Tutored tastings of approximately 85 wines
  • How to taste wines using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Assessment

The exam is assessed in two parts, which take place in the last session of the course:

A combined theory paper consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions and four short written answer questions.

A tasting paper consisting of a blind tasting of two wines.

A mark of 55% is required in both parts to pass.

RESIT EXAM FEE: $150

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