The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has been training and certifying wine professionals and enthusiasts for nearly 50 years. Last year alone, over 105,000 students across the world registered in a WSET certification course across over 70 countries. For wine professionals and enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive and structured path toward deepening their understanding and appreciation of wine, the WSET offers a series of wine and spirits courses ideal for all levels.

House of Wine is proud to be the first Approved Program Provider in Idaho for the following certification:

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Who should take the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Course?
  • You are a wine enthusiast with a beginner to intermediate level of wine knowledge who wishes to gain in-depth knowledge of wines and wants to obtain an internationally recognized wine qualification
  • You are employed in the drinks and hospitality industries and have some prior knowledge of wines in general and international wines in particular
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Prerequisites

Students must be at least 21 years of age upon course enrollment.

Level 1 Award in Wines is not required to take this course. However, you should have a good base knowledge of wine before registering for WSET Level 2.

Course Outline
  • How environmental factors, grapegrowing, winemaking, and maturation techniques affect the style and qualities of wine made from key grape varieties
  • Key white grape varieties
    • Chardonnay, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
  • Key black grape varieties
    • Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz
  • The style and quality of wines:
    • made from 22 regionally important grape varieties
    • produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world
  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:
    • Sparkling wines
    • Fortified wines
  • Key labeling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
  • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
  • Principles of food and wine pairing

The link to the specifications for the course can be found here:

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Specifications

Assessment and Certification

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is assessed by a closed-book examination that consists of 50
multiple-choice questions, to be completed in 60 minutes.

A candidate is required to pass with a minimum mark of 55 per cent.

Tasting Glasses

You will be required to bring your own glassware to class. A great tasting glass is an extremely important tool, and Schott Zwiesel glasses are available for purchase (6 glasses for $50). Glasses will be delivered to you at the first class.

Schedule

Two distinct schedule options are provided for this course.

Eight, weekly two-hour classes and one final review and exam date to be held in Fall 2020. 

An 8am-5pm two-day intensive (Saturday and Sunday) with a separate one-hour exam to be held at a subsequent date (approximately 2 weeks later) will be held in Spring 2021.

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Course Fee

Course Fee: $825 and includes:

  • Course book
  • Study guide
  • Wine samples (a minimum of 43 distinct wines will be presented)
  • Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® Level 2 laminated grid
  • Instruction by a WSET Certified Educator
  • Exam
  • Certificate & lapel pin upon successful completion
House of Wine WSET APP Policies

House of Wine is an independent WSET Approved Program Provider.  As such, we have created policies to ensure that we protect the integrity of the WSET qualifications offered, safeguard our student interests, comply with local regulations, and uphold WSET policies and procedures.  Our school’s policy handbook can be found at the button below:

House of Wine Policy Handbook (PDF)

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is an extremely popular course. It will teach you about the key grape varieties that are grown around the world, the regions in which they grow, and the different styles of wine that these varieties produce. It will also expand on the Systematic Approach to Wine Tasting that is introduced in the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. This course is a fantastic overview of the world of international wines and is suitable for wine enthusiasts and industry professionals.