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WSET Level 4 Diploma D4 – Sparkling Wine

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

In-Person: 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.

Online: 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.

Combo: Students will participate in the online course and attend the in-person class session.

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.


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


WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)

Knowledge Level


Course Format

Combo – In-Person & Online, In-Person, Online Course

Course Date

April 18, 2020, Apr. 18, 2020 In-Person Class + Apr. 20 – May 17, 2020 Online Course, April 20 – May 17, 2020, August 31 – September 27, 2020, September 14, 2020, September 14, 2020 In-Person Class + Aug 31 – Sep 27, 2020 Online Class

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