WSET Level 1 Wine Course Award in Wines

This course is an ideal starting point for wine enthusiasts without any prior knowledge, or for those who intend to pursue a career in the wine or hospitality industry but have never approached the world of wine. Before long, you’ll find yourself much more confident in tasting wine, navigating a wine list, recognizing bottles and pairing wine and food.

What will I learn?

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • The principles of food and wine pairing
  • Tutored tasting of nine wines
  • How to store and serve wine
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

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.


Practical information about WSET Level 1 Award in Wines


The Level 1 Award in Wines examination consists of 30 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes

To pass you must correctly answer 70% of the questions.

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

Do I need any prior knowledge?

No prior wine knowledge is required, just enthusiasm! All our classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.

You must be at least 18 years old to enrol on any of our courses.

How should I prepare?

There is no need to prepare anything before starting your Level 1 Award in Wines course. However, anyone embarking on a WSET qualification should familiarise themselves with the qualification specification.This document will help you understand what to expect and what you will get out of the course.

The only study material you need for this course is the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines study package, which will be delivered to you by the Wine School Italia WSET Approved Program Provider in Florence at the start of the course.


Course material

For more information and full details on the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines requirements, please download the Specification below.

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