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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines


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This is an entry level qualification providing a straightforward introduction to wine. It is a great course for those wanting to know about wine styles, grape varieties, food & wine pairing and correct service and storage of wines. The course includes tutored wine tastings and a food and wine matching exercise. (Note: It is not compulsory to take part in wine tasting which makes this level suitable for students who prefer not to drink alcohol but who still wish to obtain an internationally recognised wine qualification).

Who it is aimed at:

  • Wine consumers wanting to know more about wines within an interactive, structured framework.
  • Candidates early in their career within the hospitality or retail industry.
The Course:
Each course comprises of a lesson date and an exam date (see the "Course Dates" tab for details).

The lectures are normally run over one full day from 09h00 to 17h00 that usually includes the examination at the end (see the 'Exam' for details).

  • All tuition
  • Course guide book – ‘An Introduction to Wine’
  • Exam Fees
  • International courier costs (exams are marked in London)
  • Food and Wine Pairing
  • Tasting of the Main Grape Varieties
  • Certificate with Lapel Pin when you pass
  • Domestic courier costs for your certificate and lapel pin
What is Wine & How is it Made?
  • 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.
Types & Styles of Wine
  • Identify the three main styles of wine: still wines, sparkling wines, fortified wines.
  • Study the notable structural characteristics of all wines.
Introduction to Tasting
  • Learn how to taste wine and describe its notable characteristics using language from WSET's Systematic Approach to Tasting.
  • Learn to distinguish differences and similarities between different styles of wine.
Grape Varieties & Wines
  • Name the principal grape varieties and identify the characteristics and styles of their wines.
  • Identify and relate named wines from principal grape varieties to the grape varieties, types, characteristics and styles of wine.
  • Identify and relate other popular named wines to the types, characteristics and styles of wine.
Storage & Service of Wines
  • Identify and define the ideal conditions for the short and long-term storage of wine.
  • State the recommended service temperature for the principal types and styles of wine.
  • State the correct procedures for opening and serving wine.
Pairing Food & Wines
  • Identify the principal food and wine interactions and recognise the effect they typically have on a wine.


  Lesson DatesExam DateLocationEnrolment Deadline
19 Oct 2020 Same day Somm Hospitality, Stellenbosch 30 Sep 2020

You have 45 minutes to complete the exam which comprises 30 multi-choice questions and a pass mark of 70%.

Below are the results you can attend and the marks required.

Pass 70% and above
Fail 69% and below

As with every WSET exam around the world, the exam papers are sent to WSET in London, UK to be marked to ensure global continuity with the results.

Results are know up to 3 weeks later when we will inform you by email. The certificate and metal lapel pin for successful candidates will follow from London approximately a week later.

If you are unsuccessful, you are able to retake the exam without having to retake the course if you do not wish to. The cost to resit the exam is currently R1,050. Please contact us for potential dates.

Duration: 1 day
Exam: 45 minute multiple choice questions
Award: Certificate and Metal Lapel Pin
Cost: R2,600