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Unlocking the Wine Industry: How WSET Wine Level 2 Paves the Way

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The allure of the wine industry lies not just in the romanticism of wine itself but in the diverse opportunities it offers: from wine production and sales to education and sommelier services. However, for many aspiring to join this vibrant industry, the challenge often comes with taking that first step — particularly without prior experience or extensive wine knowledge. So how can you get a foot in the door? The answer lies in gaining a recognized wine credential, with the WSET Wine Level 2 Award in Wines standing out as the go-to qualification for entry into the wine world. But why is WSET Level 2 the preferred starting point for so many?

Comprehensive Coverage

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines serves as an in-depth introduction to wine, covering crucial aspects such as key grape varieties, significant wine regions, and the fundamental processes behind winemaking and viticulture. This broad knowledge base equips individuals with the confidence and competence to step into various roles within the wine industry, making it an ideal starting point for those looking to build a career in wine.

Industry Recognition

Within the wine community, the WSET Wine Level 2 qualification enjoys widespread respect and recognition, not just in the USA but globally, making it a truly universal accreditation. It acts as a badge of proficiency that can significantly enhance job prospects. Employers across the wine industry — from retail and hospitality to education and production — often regard the WSET Level 2 certification as a key requirement for their staff, ensuring a standardized level of wine knowledge and customer service.

Development of Tasting Skills

A unique aspect of the WSET Level 2 course is its focus on developing practical tasting skills through the systematic approach to tasting wine (SAT). This hands-on experience is vital for those in the industry, allowing professionals to evaluate the quality of different wines accurately, make informed purchasing decisions, and communicate effectively about wine characteristics and quality.

Accessibility for Beginners

Despite its comprehensive nature, the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is designed to be accessible to beginners, making it an inclusive entry point for anyone with a passion for wine. This accessibility ensures that a wide range of individuals, regardless of their previous wine knowledge, can embark on a learning journey that opens doors to the wine industry.

Global Perspective

In today’s globalized wine market, having an international perspective on wine is more important than ever. The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines offers just that, with a curriculum that spans wine styles from across the globe. This global approach enriches learners’ understanding of international wine regions, market trends, and the competitive landscape, preparing them for success in a dynamic industry.

Building Real Connections
One of the underrated perks of pursuing the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines with Napa Valley Wine Academy is the chance to meet and connect with a diverse group of wine lovers and industry insiders. It’s not just about learning together; it’s about sharing experiences, ideas, and maybe a glass or two along the way. These connections often lead to opportunities, collaborations, or just great conversations that wouldn’t happen otherwise. Engaging with fellow students and instructors in this welcoming community can open up new avenues in your wine journey and career, proving that, sometimes, it’s who you know that can make all the difference.

In conclusion, for those looking to venture into the wine industry, the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines emerges as an essential foundation. Its comprehensive coverage, industry recognition, practical tasting experience, accessibility, and global perspective equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in various wine-related roles. Whether you’re aiming to enhance your wine appreciation, kickstart your career in wine, or gain a competitive edge in the job market, the WSET Wine Level 2 qualification is your gateway to achieving these goals.



Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

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Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


3555 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109


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Mariott Santa Ynez

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

April 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


555 McMurray Road

Buelton, CA 93427


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Art Hotel Denver

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Mountain)


1201 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203


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Aloft Nashville

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Central)


1719 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203


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Epicurean Hotel

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern)


1207 S Howard Ave,

Tampa, FL 33606


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Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

January 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559