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 as it gives an easy introduction to wine styles, storing and serving of wine and food and wine matching. This course is Ofqual Regulated.

Ideal too if you’re looking for something a bit more imaginative and different for Team Building sessions or perhaps more informative entertainment for clients.  Our tutors can create a programme around your needs.

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COST  £160 including VAT (i.e. £133.33 excluding VAT)

Fee includes lunch, 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 L1W1058/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 3rd October 2020
  • Exam Saturday 3rd October 2020
Code L1W1059/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 27th February 2021
  • Exam Saturday 27th February 2021
Code L1W1060/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 8th May 2021
  • Exam Saturday 8th May 2021
Code L1W1061/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 25th September 2021
  • Exam Saturday 25th September 2021

*Please note that classroom WSET Level 1 Award in Wines courses close 10 working days prior to commencement

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.


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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.

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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