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Learn about grape growing and wine making techniques and styles around the world in a fun and relaxed environment on this 3 day Ofqual Regulated course.

WSE tutors, all WSET Certified Educators and graduates of the coveted WSET Level 4 Diploma, are professional and experienced corporate trainers who apply their knowledge and skill in modern training techniques.  Using multiple learning methods and styles in our courses, they successfully help our students/guests to easily understand, absorb, embed and retain information. This internationally recognised vocational training course is accredited at Level 2 with the UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and aimed at employees in the drinks and hospitality industry or wine enthusiasts wishing to gain more in-depth knowledge of wines and spirits.

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COST  £ 350 including VAT (i.e. £291.67 excluding VAT)

Fee includes lunch, study materials, wine tastings, tuition, examination and provision of tasting glasses during the course

EXAMINATION  50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes.  A mark of 55% required to pass (Pass 55-69%, Pass with Merit 70-84% & Pass with Distinction 85%+).

NEW for 2020!

So wine professionals can focus and build their knowledge on wine, WSET will be removing the spirits element from this course e.g. it will be known as WSET Level 2 Award in Wines. The existing WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits will be permanently withdrawn on the 31st January 2020 and resits only available until the 31st July 2020.

Students interested in gaining knowledge on spirits, please see either our WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits or WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits.


Set Scheduled Classroom Course Dates

Code L2SW4041(B) York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Monday to Wednesday 20th to 22nd January 2020
  • Exam Monday 27th January 2020
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*****Please note that this will be the last classroom WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits we be running.  For future courses, please see WSET Level 2 Award in Wines or WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits*****

Not seeing the dates you fancy?  Let us know as maybe something is in the pipeline or a private course running that you may be able to join!

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS  All bookings are on the basis that you have read and agreed to the Booking Terms and Conditions. Click here.


Subjects studied Content: –

Entry Requirement None

Wine Tasting Taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting

Food and Wine Matching A practical guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully

Wine Service and Storage Learn the correct way to store and serve wine and recognise common faults found in wine

Factors Influencing the Style of Wine  Study the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine in the vineyard and winery including grape growing and wine making

Labeling Understanding and decoding labels

Grape Varieties Learn about the characteristics and styles of wines produced by the key international and regionally important grape varieties.

  • Key white grape varieties Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
  • Other varieties:  Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Soave, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Sémillon, Torrentes, Trebbiano and Verdicchio
  • Key black grape varieties:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz
  • Other varieties:  Barbera, Carmenère, Gamay, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinotage, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Zinfandel

Key Wine Producing Regions of the World Learn about the main styles of wines from the key wine-producing regions: – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Number of Wines Tasted Minimum of 30 wines and spirits will be tasted as part of the course

Study Materials Students will receive the Intermediate course study pack, consisting of the ‘Looking Behind the Label’ course book and study guide together with a WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting card

Course styles and durations Day Release Courses – 3 lecture days plus 1 hour examination

Evening Courses – 2 ½ hours one evening per week for 7 weeks including 1 hour examination

Recommended Private Study Minimum of 12 hours of additional private study is recommended for this course

Certification All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin


Q.  How much prior knowledge of wines and/or spirits should I have before attending this course?

A.  None at all.  This course has been devised for individuals with an aptitude to learn rather than a prior knowledge of wine.

Q.  What is the recommended self study time for this programme?

A.  Obviously people learn at different speeds and how much prior knowledge of wines and spirits you have before you start the course, will have a bearing on this.  For a successful outcome, we do highly recommend that in addition to the lectures days, all students spend at least 12 hours of self study time.  

Q.  How long can I take to complete my studies?

A.  Once booked on to a course, the dates are fixed, however, it is possible to transfer to another course or delay sitting your exam.  Costs may apply as detailed in the terms and conditions.

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