Wine Certification

(4 weeks – 1 month) 6 hours per week (Virtual)

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge of wines. It is designed to provide a sound but simple introduction to wines. The qualification will assist those who need a basic familiarity with the main types and styles of wines, for example people who work with wines as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail and hospitality sectors. Successful candidates will be able to know the key stages in grape growing and winemaking, list the principal types and styles of wine, state the key characteristics of wines made from the principal grape varieties as well as other examples of wines, and know the key principles involved in the storage and service of wine. They will consequently be able to answer customer queries and provide recommendations for the service of wine.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the key stages in grape growing and winemaking
  • Know the types, characteristics and styles of wines made from the principal grape varieties and other examples of wines
  • Know the key principles and practices involved in the storage and service of wine

Curriculum and Course Details:

  • What is wine
  • Growing grapes
  • Making Wines
  • Types and Styles of Wine
  • Principle Grape Varieties
  • Examples of Wines
  • Storage and Service of Wines
  • An Introduction to Tasting
  • Pairing Wine and Food

After completing this entire certificate, students should be able to complete/discuss each of the following:

  • 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
  • Name and 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 other examples of wines to the types, characteristics, and styles of wines
  • Identify and define the ideal conditions for storing and methods for preserving wine
  • Identify the recommended service temperature description for the principal types and styles of wine
  • State the correct procedures for opening and serving wine
  • Identify the principal food and wine interactions and recognize the effect they typically have on a wine

Assessment:

  • The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines examination paper consists of 30 multiple-choice questions
  • Each question has only one correct answer, which should be indicated on a computer-readable answer sheet.
  • The examination invigilator will give the full instructions on how to complete the answer sheet on the day of the examination
  • Each correctly answered multiple-choice question is worth one mark, and marks are NOT subtracted for incorrect answers

 

All WSET Level 1 Award in Wines examination papers are carefully compiled to reflect the syllabus. A chart giving a detailed breakdown of the examination weighting is shown below

 

Wine Employment Opportunities:

  • Retail Wine Sales
  • Bartender
  • Sommelier
  • Waiter
  • Cellar Technician
  • Winery Worker
  • Distiller

 

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