WSET Level 1 Award in Wines | Online Course

Sharpen Your Knowledge & Wine Tasting Skills

An introduction wine course that gives you the knowledge and wine tasting skills needed to pursue your passion for wine

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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines | Online Course

The beginning of your wine certification path

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IDEAL FOR:
BEGINNER

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4 WEEKS

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6 HRS OF STUDY

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WSET LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines | Online Course

$350.00

A lot of wine schools offer WSET certification courses, and it can be confusing to choose the best one for you.

After a decade of experience we know exactly what students need to prepare for the test, and have developed multiple modalities for your preferred way of learning.

Our WSET Level 1 online course is designed to be hands-on, with guided tastings, mock exams and other interactive materials through our proprietary learning platform. We give you the support and professional instruction you need to get certified and apply what you learn.

By the end of the WSET Level 1, you’ll be able to:

  • Gain the basic skills to describe wines accurately
  • Have a systematic approach to tasting and identifying wine types
  • Know the fundamental principles of food and wine pairing

Are you new to wine study? Our WSET Level 1 wine course will help you begin to talk about and taste wine like a professional, including a 6 bottle (100 ml) wine tasting kit.* 

This course is designed to be hands-on and fun. You will explore different styles of wines through sight, smell, and taste and learn the key principles involved in the storage and service of wine. To read the course nitty-gritty, CLICK HERE.

By the end of the WSET Level 1 wine course, you will:

  • Gain the basic skills to describe wines accurately 
  • Have a systematic approach to wine tasting and identifying wine types
  • Know the fundamental principles of food and wine pairing

A lot of wine schools offer WSET certification courses, and it can be confusing to choose the best one for you. After a decade of experience, we know exactly what students and wine lovers need to prepare for the exam, and have developed multiple modalities for your preferred way of learning. Our unique program mixes live webinars and video lectures with hands-on interactive activities, quizzes, and instructor support.

Sign up now for this four (4) week program that promises to give you everything you need to achieve this beginner-level certification!

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification.

WSET Level 1 in Wine is not required prior to taking WSET Level 2 if you have foundational wine knowledge and/or you actively work in the wine industry and have a basic understanding of the modules covered in the box below.

We are able to have wine kits shipped to the following states ONLY: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WY, and Wash DC.

NO SHIP LOCATIONS: International, AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, MS, NJ, RI, SD, UT, VT, and WV.
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Course Dates Webinar Times Instructor
Sept 7 - Oct 5 Mondays @ 4pm PST
Sept 12, Sept 19, Sept 26
Desiree Harrison-Brown
Sept 21 - Oct 19 Tuesdays @ 1pm PST
Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11
Jean Cox
Oct 5 - Nov 2 Mondays @ 4pm PST
Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24
Desiree Harrison-Brown
Oct 19 - Nov 16 Tuesdays @ 1pm PST
Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 8
Jean Cox
Nov 2 - Nov 30 Mondays @ 4pm PST
Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21
Desiree Harrison-Brown
Nov 16 - Dec 14 Tuesdays @ 1pm PST
Nov 22, Nov 29, Dec 6
Jean Cox
Dec 7 - Jan 4 Mondays @ 4pm PST
Dec 12, Dec 19, Dec 26
Desiree Harrison-Brown
Dec 21 - Jan 18 Tuesdays @ 1pm PST
Dec 27, Jan 4, 2023, Jan 11, 2023
Jean Cox

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Online Wine Academy™ Student Portal

Accelerate your learning with access to our proprietary student platform, where you can ask questions, get answers, and engage with other wine experts.

VIRTUAL-TASTINGS

Test Taking Strategies

We don’t just teach the material, we prepare you for the tests. We provide study packs, mock exam questions and tasting activities for every level.

EXPERT-TEAM

NVWA + WSET Trained Instructors

Our industry experts are also expert instructors. We train them ourselves. They don’t just have knowledge, they also know how to share it.

Here’s what you can expect:

Online WSET Level 1 Course

Curriculum

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Expert Support

Your registration includes:

WSET Level 1 wine course is ideal for:

  • Anyone working in retail, hospitality or wholesale areas of the wine industry with little to no wine knowledge
  • Enthusiasts wanting to taste and identify wines professionally
  • Front-line staff wanting basic product knowledge and skills for storage and service

WHY NAPA VALLEY WINE ACADEMY?

Trained WSET Instructors | Online Support | 98% pass rate for Level 1

Wine education is complex enough. Here’s how we make it easy to achieve certification:

WSET Level 1 includes

Live and recorded training, interactive activities, quizzes plus guided tasting webinars with 6 wines. Exam is 45 minutes (30 questions).

Online Wine Academy™ Student Portal

Get access to live webinars, plus a video library to further hone your skills and expand your knowledge.

NVWA Student-Only Community

Ask questions and get answers with NVWA certified experts. Plus, engage with our +4,000 community.

Your educational journey depends on a reliable guide. Our instructors are not only great teachers, they’re also eternal students who are always seeking ways to improve. 

Their certifications are impressive — Masters of Wine, Diploma, Master Sommeliers. But they also have real-world experience to help you apply what you learn, keep material relevant and serve as mentors.

You will be challenged and supported, so you can develop the tools you need to progress through your educational journey.  

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DIRECT ACCESS TO WINE INDUSTRY EXPERTS

• 5 Master of Wine Instructors
• 2 Master Sommeliers
• 4 Diploma student-only support staff
• 12 Wine Industry Specialists
• 1 dedicated mentor per student

You’re ready to dip your toes into the world of wine, but don’t want to feel totally overwhelmed.
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DIRECT ACCESS TO WINE INDUSTRY EXPERTS

• 5 Master of Wine Instructors
• 2 Master Sommeliers
• 4 Diploma student-only support staff
• 12 Wine Industry Specialists
• 1 dedicated mentor per student

You’re ready to dip your toes into the world of wine, but don’t want to feel totally overwhelmed.

JUST 3 SIMPLE STEPS TO

Ace your WSET Certification

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ENROLL

You'll receive a Welcome Email with everything you need to get the most out of your experience.

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ATTEND

Join us for live webinars, ask questions, and accelerate your wine knowledge with our certified wine experts.

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TOAST

Celebrate your success with a deeper appreciation and understanding of what’s in the glass!

Frequently Asked Questions

THE NITTY GRITTY

You must be of legal drinking age to enroll in this course.
The WSET Level 1 online course is entirely self-paced, except for 3 live webinars set by the instructor in weeks 1, 2, and 3 of the course (webinar schedule is posted on the link below. Webinars are recorded for those unable to attend live via zoom).

Access to the online course is for 1 year but you choose the dates of your 4 week – Instructor-led course. On the start date of your course, you will receive access via email link to the online course portal. You have access to the course materials 24/7! Only the webinars are scheduled at specific times, again, recorded if you can’t watch live.

You will have access to the whole course for 12-months online: 4 weeks for the instructor-led portion and then the rest via the Post-Course Module without webinars or live instructor.

Included in the course price are four weeks of online classroom instruction, wine-kit, all your material fees, exam fee, and online access to our pre-study module
Candidates will be required to pass a closed-book examination, comprised of a closed-book examination of 45 minutes duration and consists of 30 multiple-choice questions worth one mark each. You must pass the exam with a minimum of 75% to earn your certification and pin.
YES, the exam is offered online as well as an in-person option. You have 12 months from the time you enroll in the course to sit the exam either online or at one of our locations across the U.S.
If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you can resit the exam during another scheduled exam date. A resit fee applies.
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This is a four-week, self-paced course with a fixed start/end date and includes 12 months of access to the online learning material.  

This introductory wine certification course teaches students through sight, smell, and taste to understand more about wine. By the end of the online course, you’ll be able to taste wine using a systematic approach to tasting and be able to identify the main styles of wine. You’ll also learn the fundamental principles of food and wine pairing and be able to apply these to your food and wine choices. 

Napa Valley Wine Academy students also receive study pointers on the Level 1 WSET exam. As you work through the online course, you will be submitting your homework assignments with your online instructor. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, and that is why we include a free wine kit that provides a range of wines suited for calibrating your palate to WSET's Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting. 

*YOU WILL RECEIVE A SEPARATE EMAIL WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO REDEEM YOUR WINE KIT UPON REGISTRATION. 

We are able to have wine kits shipped to the following states ONLY: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WY, and Wash DC.

NO SHIP LOCATIONS: International, AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, MS, NJ, RI, SD, UT, VT, and WV.

To obtain the WSET Level 1 Award Certificate in Wine, you will need to successfully pass an online OR in-person exam that is made up of 30 multiple-choice questions. 

You have 12 months from the start of your course in which to schedule your proctored EXAM.  Exam orders are placed 21 days prior to the exam date and you cannot change the date once that order has been placed with the WSET.  

Subject

Wine

Knowledge Level

Beginner

Certification

WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)

Level

Level 1

Region of Study

Global

Course Type

Enthusiast, Professional

Course Format

Online Course

Location

Want to know if this program is right for you?

Schedule a call to speak with one of our WSET diploma series experts.

Do you prefer to learn in-person?

Our satellite locations are now open and offering WSET courses in a live classroom setting!

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How We’re Different

WINE EDUCATION MADE EASY

We are premier not pretentious! We design our programs for students who love wine, not snobs. We know wines can be complex, but believe wine education should be approachable and fun. The World of Wine is for everyone and our team is excited to share our passion with you!

AWARD-WINNING

We believe our success is determined by our students success. We continue to innovate and develop products that support our students’ learning and growth. The Wine and Spirit Education Trust has awarded us twice as educator of the year in recognition of our commitment to put the students at the center of everything we do! 

LEVEL 1 Wines Online – The Nitty Gritty

SCHEDULE: Our unique, online program is largely self-paced and accessible 24/7 with videos, hands-on experiments, online activities and interactive quizzes led by WSET certified educators from our award-winning school. The only ‘scheduled’ lessons are the live online webinars and homework during the 4-week instructor-led course.

CHOOSE the 4 week Instructor-led course that works for you. There are three live webinars during the course. These hour-long lessons (via Zoom) are live tasting webinars and lectures set up by your WSET instructor. If you miss the scheduled sessions, watch the recorded version posted in the “WEBINAR” module in the online course.

COMMUNICATE and taste wines with your instructor, and interact with your fellow students, during the four week instructor-led portion of your course.

ACCESS the course material for 12 months so you can keep studying following the instructor-led portion up till your selected exam date.

WINE KIT.  We’ve included a 6 bottle (100 ml) wine tasting kit with the course (additional shipping of $25 is applied at checkout for students in our shippable states).

Wine kits cannot be shipped Internationally (outside of the United States) or to the U.S. States AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, MS, NJ, PR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WV. 

Live in a State or Country we can’t ship wine to?  We invite students in these locations to source similar or equivalent wines locally.  We assist you by including a list of wine options in our WINE KIT info found inside your course.

STUDY MATERIALS:  The WSET Level 1 Wines course is entirely available online.  Contact us if you wish to purchase a hardcopy or ebook version in addition to the online materials.

RECOMMENDED STUDY HOURS needed to pass the exam with distinction is 8-12. In addition, we recommend you participate in the two webinars to pass the exam with distinction. Please plan on investing this amount of time for your success and long term goals.

EXAM is timed with 30 multiple choice questions and can be done online. Multiple exam dates are available, so you can  schedule one that works best for you within one year of the course start date.  Additional fees may  apply with changing your exam date. Exam cost is included with the course and you can register for the exam inside your course.

PREREQUISITE: This is an introductory course and suitable for students with little or no prior knowledge.

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