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WSET Level 4 Diploma D5 Fortified Wine

Napa, California SKU: N/A


Students undertake a detailed theoretical  & practical study of the principal fortified wines: Sherry, Port, Madeira, Vins Doux Naturels, & Rutherglen Muscat. 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 fortified wines of the world
  • ability to taste and evaluate fortified wines accurately

Prerequisites: D1 & D2



Course Format

In-Person: 1.5 days of intensive classroom instruction (Day 1 – 8 hours; Day 2 – 4 hours), which is a combination of lecture, tastings (both guided & blind), group discussion, and individual & group 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 be participate in both the online course and the in-person class session in Napa.

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.


D5 Fortified 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 fortified 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

November 4 – December 8, 2019, Dec 14-15, 2019 In-Person Class + Nov 4 – Dec 8, 2019 Online Class, December 14 – 15, 2019, August 24 – September 9, 2020, Sep 12-13, 2020 In-Person Class + Aug 24-Sep 9, 2020 Online Class, September 12 – 13, 2020

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