NEW for 2020!

So wine professionals can focus and build their knowledge on wine, with effect from 31st January 2020 WSET (Wine and Spirit Educational Trust) will be removing the spirits element from the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits course and it will become the 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 The existing WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits will be permanently withdrawn on the 31st January 2020 and resits only available until the 31st July 2020.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.

About the course

Learn about the environmental influences and grape-growing options in the vineyard and how these impact the style and quality of wine.  Understand the key stages and how winemaking and bottle ageing options and techniques also influence the style and quality of wine.  Learn about the principal grape varieties, their characteristics and what their viticultural and vinification surroundings and/or winemaker choices can have.  This fun and relaxed 3 day course This Ofqual Regulated course also covers labelling terms, sparkling and fortified wines production methods, storage and service, food and wine pairing.

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Successful candidates will be able to describe and compare the styles of wines produced from internationally and regionally important grape varieties, interpret wine labels from the main wine producing regions of the world and give basic guidance on appropriate selection and service, as well as understand the principles of wine tasting and evaluation.

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 wine.

COST  £ 365 including VAT (i.e. £304.17 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%+).


Set Scheduled Classroom Course Dates

Code L2W4042/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Monday to Wednesday 9th to 11th March 2020
  • Exam Monday 23rd March 2020
Code L2W4043/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Monday to Wednesday 15th to 17th June 2020
  • Exam Monday 29th June 2020
Code L2W4044/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Monday to Wednesday 5th to 7th October 2020
  • Exam Monday 12th October 2020

Not seeing the dates you fancy?  Let us know as maybe we have something 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.

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Subjects studied Content: –

Entry Requirement None

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

Factors Influencing the Style and Quality of Wine  Understand the environmental influences and grape-growing options in the vineyard and how these will impact the style and quality of wine. Learn how winemaking, production processes and bottle ageing influence the style and quality of still, sparkling and fortified wine.

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

Food and Wine Pairing A practical guide to the key considerations when pairing food and wine successfully.

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.

  • Principal white grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc
    • Other varieties:  Albariño, Chenin Blanc, Cortese, Fiano, Furmint, Garganega, Gewürztraminer, Sémillon/Semillon, Verdicchio and Viognier
  • Principal black grape varieties:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah/Shiraz
    • Other varieties:  Barbera, Carmenère, Corvina, Gamay, Grenache/Garnacha, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinotage, Primitivo/Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Tempranillo 

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

Number of Wines Approximately 30 wines will be tasted as part of the course

Study Materials Students will receive the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 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/classroom days plus 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 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 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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