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WSET Level 4 Diploma Unit 2 – Wine Production Online



Your Diploma journey begins with Unit 2* 

In Unit 2, students undertake a detailed theoretical study of grape growing, winemaking, and finishing techniques for the production of wine of varying styles, quality levels, and prices. This unit is the first unit that new Diploma candidates take, as it builds a foundational level of theory knowledge needed for the study of future units. After completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of:

  • Factors that influence the production of wine
  • Processes used in viticulture, vinification, maturation, treatment, and packaging of wine
  • Options available at each stage of the wine production process from vineyard to preparation for sale
  • How each process and option can affect the style, quality, and commercial value of wine

* the WSET requires all students to begin their Diploma studies with unit 2 before moving on to other units



Course Format: The WSET’s online learning classroom contains weekly reading assignments, forum discussions, and individual & group activities. Student’s may log-in and complete their coursework at their own pace for the duration of the course.

Course Duration: Students have access to the online course for 9 weeks. Outside of these 9 weeks of online classroom study, students will continue to self-study and review. Students should expect to study for a minimum of 60 hours over 3 months.

Course Materials: Upon registration students will be mailed a 180-page Unit 2 Study Guide, which will be the main source of study material for this unit. In addition to their online classroom, students also receive access to the WSET’s Online Global Campus and Feedback Testing Classroom to access supplemental learning material & mock exams. NVWA also hosts several live and recorded webinars for additional learning opportunities.

Exam: Unit 2 Wine Production is assessed by means of a 100-multiple choice exam, to be completed in 90 minutes. The exam must be taken in Napa on the specified exam date.

Additional information


WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)

Knowledge Level


Course Date

January 12 – March 15, 2019

Course Format

Online Course

Course Type