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WSET Level 4 Diploma D4 Sparkling Wine


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


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Course Format

4 instructor-led class sessions (2 hours each) held via Zoom web conferencing, with access to an online course containing activities to guide your studies between class sessions.

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 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.


D4 Sparkling Wines 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



Knowledge Level



WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)


Level 4

Course Date

November 1, 2021, April 11, 2022

Course Type




Wine Kit?

Yes, No