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WSET Level 4 Diploma D4 – Sparkling Wine Online course

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:  The WSET’s online classroom contains weekly reading assignments, forum discussions, and individual & group activities. The instructor for the course will be the WSET’s own Certified Educator and students will be in a cohort of other Diploma candidates from the NVWA as well as other wine schools across the globe. Student’s may log-in at any time of day & complete their coursework at their own pace for the duration of the course.

Course Duration: Students’ will receive access to the online classroom on the course start date, but it is expected that they will begin studying 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.

Additional information


WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)

Knowledge Level


Course Date

August 12 – September 8, 2019

Course Format

Online Course

Course Type