wset logo full white@4x

WSET Wine & Spirit Education Trust

73

Countries

19

Languages

72,171

Course Graduates

Become a Confident Wine & Spirits Authority with Napa Valley Wine Academy

Mask Group
Mask Group 2
Mask Group 1

If you’re considering certification with The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), you need a trusted guide to help you prepare for the exam. 

Napa Valley Wine Academy is the largest and most awarded Approved Program Provider of the WSET, with some of the highest pass rates in the industry. We offer classes toward WSET certification online and at eight locations across the US.

 

WHAT IS WSET?

Based in London, WSET is the largest and most respected wine education and certification organization of its kind in the world. More than 100,000 people each year pursue wine and spirits education through them. 

Established in London in 1969, WSET has become the foremost international organization in the field of wines and spirits education, with over half a million individuals having completed a WSET qualification. They currently offer courses in over 73 countries and 19 languages. In 2015, their efforts were recognized with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

WSET certifications are an excellent idea for wine professionals looking to enhance their knowledge and expertise in the industry. The qualifications offered by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) are internationally recognized and highly regarded within the wine and spirits industry. With a WSET certification, wine professionals can demonstrate a level of knowledge and expertise that sets them apart from their peers, making them more attractive to employers and customers alike.

One of the key benefits of WSET certifications is the comprehensive nature of the courses. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including the production, styles, and flavors of different wines and spirits and wine and spirit service, pairing, and tasting techniques. This means that wine professionals who complete a WSET certification will have a deep understanding of the industry, which can help them to make informed decisions and provide expert advice to customers and clients.

Another benefit of WSET certifications is that they are taught by a team of qualified educators who are experts in their field. These educators have the knowledge and experience needed to provide students with a high-quality education and can answer any questions that students may have.
Additionally, with WSET certifications, wine professionals can open up new job opportunities and advance their wine and spirits industry careers. The certification will demonstrate the level of knowledge and expertise which can be valuable assets for employers.

Finally, WSET certifications can help wine professionals develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of wine and spirits, enhancing their enjoyment of these products. A WSET certification can be a great personal enrichment and make you stand out as an expert in your field.
WSET certifications are a valuable investment for any wine professional looking to enhance their knowledge, expertise, and career prospects in the industry.

WSET Educator of the Year 2016
Napa Valley Wine Academy
WSET Educator of the Year 2019

WSET IN WINE

WSET Level 1

WSET LEVEL 1 IN WINE

In this beginner-level course you will be introduced to the fundamentals of wine through sight, smell and taste. You’ll awaken your palate and be introduced to WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT). By the end of the course, you’ll be able to identify the main styles of wine and understand the basic principles of food and wine pairings. If you’ve studied wine independently for several years, you may be qualified to begin with WSET Level 2.

WSET Level 2

WSET LEVEL 2 IN WINE

This intermediate-level course will expand your wine knowledge so you can confidently share it with others. You’ll explore wine regions and wine styles in more detail, identifying the major grape varieties that define the world’s key wines. All wines you will taste for this course were carefully selected by Master of Wine Peter Marks and Director of Education Catherine Bugue to help you calibrate your palate to WSET Level 2 SAT specifications.  

WSET Level 3 in Wine

WSET LEVEL 3 IN WINE

Level 3 is an advanced certification that allows you to not only taste and describe wine accurately, but also explain style and quality through a comprehensive understanding of wine production options. You’ll also develop your tasting skills to objectively evaluate a wine’s characteristics, quality and potential for ageing. All wines you will taste have been carefully selected by Master of Wine Peter Marks and Director of Education Catherine Bugue to match the WSET Level 3 specification and prepare you for the blind tasting portion of the exam.

WSET Level 4 in Wine

WSET LEVEL 4 IN WINE

As WSET’s highest certification, Level 4 is a specialist-level course for anyone who wants to become a decision maker or authority in the wine industry. You’ll master your analytical tasting skills to explain and evaluate wine at an expert level, and thoroughly understand the core principles of production and the business of wine. Earning your Diploma requires two years of study, 6 units, 5 in-person exams and one independent research assignment. 

WSET IN Spirits

WSET Level 1 Spirits

WSET LEVEL 1 IN Spirits

Whether you’re just starting in the industry or pursuing a personal interest, WEST Level 1 is a hands-on, basic introduction to spirits. Explore the main styles and types through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

WSET Level 2 Spirits

WSET LEVEL 2 IN Spirits

This course covers the main categories of spirits and liqueurs as well as the influences of production methods on the different styles available in each category. Students will be introduced to the Systematic Approach to Tasting in Spirits while also exploring the use of spirits in cocktails. The product knowledge gained on this course will give a significant advantage to those working with spirits in both on- and off-trade alcohol. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

WSET IN SAKE

WSET Level 1 Sake

WSET LEVEL 1 IN SAKE

A beginner-level introduction for those starting a career in the industry or pursuing an interest in sake. If you’re new to the subject, this qualification offers a hands-on introduction through sight, smell and taste. You’ll explore the main styles and types of sake and develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

WSET IN BEER

beer lined up in front of study papers

WSET LEVEL 1 IN BEER

The WSET Level 1 Award in Beer provides a great introduction to the world of beer. Learning through sight, smell, and taste, you’ll become familiar with a range of beer styles and how they are made.

If you work with beer, you’ll be able to answer customer queries with confidence and provide helpful recommendations. If you’re learning for fun, you’ll feel inspired to explore new styles and know how to get the most out of every glass.

beer lined up with one being pickup up by a hand

WSET LEVEL 2 IN BEER

The Level 2 course provides a more in-depth exploration of beer than Level 1. You will learn about the main ingredients in beer production, how they are processed, and how this influences the style and quality of beer. You will also learn how key beer styles are produced and labelled and their typical characteristics. The course covers over 60 beer styles, including specialty beers, and delves deeper into beer storage, service, and pairing with food. You will also enhance your tasting skills using the Systematic Approach to Tasting.

WHY STUDY WITH US?

0
EXPERT INSTRUCTORS
0
COURSE OPTIONS
0 %
PASS RATE
0 +
STUDENTS
WSET Educator of the Year 2016

AWARD WINNING

WSET Educator of the Year 2019

WINE

 

Ius cu novum labores, ius ea magna oportere rationibus. Voluptua probatus conclusionemque cu his. Qui e teligendi mediocrem, aboramus deterruisset ad eos, an has discere phaedrum. In elitr vocibus constituto pr Pri harum doming fabulas ut, primis aeterno cu est. Esse dolores te sit, at legere salutatus consulatu est

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Optio, neque qui velit. Magni dolorum quidem ipsam eligendi, totam, facilis laudantium cum accusamus ullam voluptatibus commodi numquam, error, est. Ea, consequatur.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Optio, neque qui velit. Magni dolorum quidem ipsam eligendi, totam, facilis laudantium cum accusamus ullam voluptatibus commodi numquam, error, est. Ea, consequatur.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Optio, neque qui velit. Magni dolorum quidem ipsam eligendi, totam, facilis laudantium cum accusamus ullam voluptatibus commodi numquam, error, est. Ea, consequatur.

AVAILABLE IN NAPA, TAMPA, DENVER, AND ONLINE

SPIRITS

Ius cu novum labores, ius ea magna oportere rationibus. Voluptua probatus conclusionemque cu his. Qui e teligendi mediocrem, aboramus deterruisset ad eos, an has discere phaedrum. In elitr vocibus constituto pr Pri harum doming fabulas ut, primis aeterno cu est. Esse dolores te sit, at legere salutatus consulatu est

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Optio, neque qui velit. Magni dolorum quidem ipsam eligendi, totam, facilis laudantium cum accusamus ullam voluptatibus commodi numquam, error, est. Ea, consequatur.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Optio, neque qui velit. Magni dolorum quidem ipsam eligendi, totam, facilis laudantium cum accusamus ullam voluptatibus commodi numquam, error, est. Ea, consequatur.

AVAILABLE IN NAPA, TAMPA, DENVER, AND ONLINE

SAKE

 

Ius cu novum labores, ius ea magna oportere rationibus. Voluptua probatus conclusionemque cu his. Qui e teligendi mediocrem, aboramus deterruisset ad eos, an has discere phaedrum. In elitr vocibus constituto pr Pri harum doming fabulas ut, primis aeterno cu est. Esse dolores te sit, at legere salutatus consulatu est

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Optio, neque qui velit. Magni dolorum quidem ipsam eligendi, totam, facilis laudantium cum accusamus ullam voluptatibus commodi numquam, error, est. Ea, consequatur.

AVAILABLE IN NAPA, TAMPA, DENVER, AND ONLINE

IN-PERSON COURSE & WORKSHOP REFUNDS & TRANSFERS

Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

You've got this!

Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)

at

3555 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

You've got this!

Mariott Santa Ynez

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

April 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)

at

555 McMurray Road

Buelton, CA 93427

 

You've got this!

Art Hotel Denver

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Mountain)

at

1201 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203

 

You've got this!

Aloft Nashville

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Central)

at 

1719 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

 

You've got this!

Epicurean Hotel

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern)

at

1207 S Howard Ave,

Tampa, FL 33606

 

You've got this!

Street View of HQ

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

January 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)

at

2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559

 

Search

[]