A great fun course for new or inexperienced hospitality or retail employees wishing to learn the basic product knowledge and skills in the service and sale of wine. Typically run in 1 day, it’s also perfect groundwork for the wine enthusiast who wishes to delve further into the world of wine. This course is Ofqual Regulated.

By the end of the course you’ll be able to taste wine using a globally recognised approach, identify key styles of wine and characteristics of important grape varieties. You’ll also learn the key principles of food and wine pairing and how to apply these to your own food and wine choices.

screenshot-2021-01-25-at-11.07.46WSET Awards at Level 1 is a natural starting point for students learning in the specialist field of wine and helps build an innovation mindset for an ‘in common’ approach to work and the customer experience.

For more details including the specification, see Course Content below.

Our Educators

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.

COST  £175 including VAT (i.e. £145.83 excluding VAT)  

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

EXAMINATION  30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes.  A mark of 70% required to pass.


Set Scheduled Classroom Course Dates

Code L1W1062/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 20th November 2021
  • Exam Saturday 20th November 2021
Code L1W1063/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 19th February 2022
  • Exam Monday 7th March 2022
Code L1W1064/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 7th May 2022
  • Exam Saturday 7th May 2022
Code L1W1065/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 17th September 2022
  • Exam Saturday 17th September 2022

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


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


Click to view the Specification

Subject studied content

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

Social Responsibility A guide to sensible drinking

Types and Styles of Wine Learn about what makes wines taste different

Grape Varieties Learn about the characteristics and styles of wines produced from the main grape varieties.

  • Main white grape varieties:  Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
  • Main black grape varieties:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz

Named Wines:  

  • White: Pinot Grigio, Sancerre, Chablis, Sauternes, Burgundy
  • Red:  Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côte du Rhône, Chianti, Rioja
  • Rosé: White Zinfandel
  • Sparkling:  Champagne, Cava, Prosecco
  • Fortified:  Port, Sherry

Number of Wines Tasted 8 wines will be tasted as part of the course

Course Duration: 1 day inclusive of examination.

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.  The exam takes place at the end of the day session, therefore, no self study time is required – unless of course it whet’s your appetite and you decide to continue your studies and join the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines.

Q. What are the entry requirements?

A. There are no entry requirements for this qualifications although students must be of legal drinking age  to participate in any alcohol tasting.

4 Thoughts

  1. Hi I am interested in the wset level 1, but as I can see from the dates, there are only on Saturday, I’ve got a restaurant so Saturday it is the busier time, is there any diffente days please
    Also the level 1 is it just one day?

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