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WSET Level 4 Diploma D6 Independent Research Assignment

Napa, California SKU: N/A


Students will research a specified wine-related subject and submit a written paper of 3,000 words. Students will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge & understanding of the specified subject using relevant source material & the ability to analyse a subject from all angles
  • evaluate relevant source material to develop ideas and arguments and reach informed conclusions
  • ability to produce a scholarly written paper using professional writing standards

Current Topics:

  1. Wines of Romania – Due Jan. 31, 2020
  2. Natural Wines – Due July 31, 2020

Prerequisites: D1 & D2



Course Format

D6 is an independent project that candidates will work on individually. There are no online or in-person classes for this unit. The paper can be researched and written anytime after sitting the D1 & D2 exams and it can be done concurrently with other units or on its own.

Course Duration

Students are encouraged to register for D6 as soon as they have chosen their topic. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 50 hours over a period of about 4-6 months.

Materials & Instruction

The WSET does not provide a textbook for D6 as it does for the other units and will not provide any study material for the individual topics; it is expected that the candidate will research the topic thoroughly on their own. The Napa Valley Wine Academy provides instructional materials that will cover research methods, evaluating information sources, devising a research & writing strategy, and writing & proof-reading tips. Candidates will also have the opportunity to meet individually with the Academy’s librarian to discuss their research plan and receive guidance on conducting their search for appropriate sources. These meetings can be either in-person in Napa or via web-conferencing.

Research Topics & Submission Process

At the start of each WSET academic year on August 1st, two topics will be announced. These topics can be related to any wine-related subject covered in the other units or may go beyond the Specification. The first topic will be due on January 31st and the second is due on July 31st. Candidates will choose ONE topic to research. If a candidate does not wish to do either of the two available topics they may wait until the next academic year for two new topics to be released. Papers must be submitted in hard-copy via mail to Napa Valley Wine Academy by the submission deadline. Papers will then be delivered to the WSET’s London office for grading.

Additional information


WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)

Knowledge Level


Course Date

Topic #1 – Due January 31, 2020, Topic #2 – Due July 31, 2020

Course Format

Online Course

Course Type