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WSET Level 4 Diploma D4 – Sparkling Wine In-Person

Napa, California SKU: N/A


Students undertake a detailed theoretical  & practical study of the sparkling wines produced in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, USA, South America, South Africa, Australia, & New Zealand. After completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • in-depth knowledge and understanding of the influence of grape growing winemaking, maturation, wine law, and wine business on the style, quality, & price on the principal sparkling wines of the world
  • ability to taste and evaluate sparkling wines accurately

Prerequisites: D1 & D2



Course Format:  1 full day of intensive classroom instruction (8 hours), which is a combination of lecture, group discussion, and individual activities. Outside of these classroom days students will self-study using the provided course materials and supplemental teaching material provided by NVWA.

Course Duration: Students will begin their course of study once they register for the unit and receive their course materials. Students should expect to study for a minimum of 30 hours over a period of about 2.5 months.

Course Materials: Upon registration students will receive access to the WSET’s digital study guide, which will be the main source of study material for this unit. Students will also have access to the WSET’s Online Global Campus and Feedback Testing Classroom where students can access supplemental learning material & mock exams. NVWA also provides supplemental learning materials such as videos, mock questions, and guided reading questions.

Exam: D4 Wine Production is assessed by means of a 90-minute written exam consisting of multiple-part open-response style questions and a blind tasting of 3 sparkling wines. THE EXAM MUST BE TAKEN IN NAPA, CA ON THE EXAM DATE ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR ENROLLED COURSE.

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WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)

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Course Date

September 14-15, 2019

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