Level 3 – WSET® Award in Wines – 17.03.2024 – Bienne/Biel – deadline for registration 25.02.2024

CHF 1'990.00

Who Should attend?

The course is open to students who hold the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines or can demonstrate the equivalent knowledge. It is strongly recommended that students complete the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines before progressing to the Level 3 Award in Wines.

How will you benefit?

The WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines is designed to give a thorough understanding of the factors that account for the style, quality and price of the principal still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world. The qualification will assist those who are required to make professional evaluations of wines with regards to their style, quality and price. The qualification provides the in-depth product knowledge required to underping job skills and competencies, for example in product selection in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Successful candidates will be able to describe the characteristics of the principal wines of the world and give information on the key factors influencing style, quality and price. They will consequently be in a position to advise management, to answer customer queries authoritatively, and to make informed selections of wines in a variety of situations.

Outline programme

Unit 1 – Wines of the World

  • • Production of Wine (location, viticulture, vinification, maturation and bottling, labelling regulations)
  • • France, Italy, Spain & Portugal
  • • Bordeaux and South-West of France
  • • Germany, Central and South Eastern Europe
  • • South Africa
  • • Australia and New Zealand
  • • North, South and Central America
  • • Sparkling Wines of the World
  • • Liqueur (fortified) Wines
  • • Information and advice for customers and staff

Unit 2 – Wine Tasting

  • • Systematic Approach to Tasting – how to taste wines and evaluate the quality, style and price

To gain the Level 3 qualification, candidates will be required to:

Successfully complete:

Unit 1

  • • a multiple choice paper of 50 questions
  • • a question paper requiring short written answers

Unit 2

  • • an internally set and assessed blind tasting of two wines

(Course material, instruction and WSET® examination in the English language)

If spirits knowledge is required, we suggest that you join the WSET® Level 2 Award in Spirits course.

Included in the course price are: – The course material, the Wine Samples, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust examination (which is recognised in over 80 countries of the world), the teaching, as well as access to our study support site during the duration of the course

We advise you to complete the registration process for the course at least 4 weeks prior to the course start so that you can complete the eLearning Module in preparation for the course as well as start working through the course material prior to the start of the classroom course.

Required prior knowledge: – WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines or equivalent

(N.B. if you are not sure, contact us, so that we can help you choose the course level according to your needs and objectives).

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Level 3 – WSET® Award in wines

Bilingual instruction, course material and examination in either the English or German language

  Sunday, the 17th of March 2024
from 08:45 Welcome
09:00 Introduction to the course and the learning objectives
08:40  Introduction to the Systematic Approach to Tasting – WSET® Level 3
 10:30 Natural factors and Human Influences in the vineyard
 12:00 Lunch break
 13:00 Human Influences in the cellar
 17:00 Questions and end of the first course day
   Sunday, the 24th of March 2024
 from 08:45 Welcome
 09:00 White wines – Northern Europe
 12:00 Lunch break
 13:00 Red wines – Northern Europe
 16:30 Questions and end of the second course day
   Sunday, the 14th of April 2024
from 08:45 Welcome
 09:00 Wines of Spain
10:30 White wines – North-east of Spain
 12:00 Lunch break
 13:00 Red wines – Northern Spain
 15:00 White and Red wines – Northern Italy
 17:00 Questions and end of the third course day
  Sunday, the 21st of April 2024
from 08:45 Welcome
 09:00 Feedback Test – blind tasting
10:00 Red wines of the centre and south of Italy, wines from Portugal & Greece
 12:00 Lunch break
 13:00 Red wines from USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
15:00 Premium White wines from the New World
 17:00 Questions and end of the fourth course day
   Sunday, the 28th of April 2024
from 08:45 Welcome
 09:00 Regional specialities of the New World
 10:30 Sparkling wines
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Fortified wines
15:00 Workshop – Short answer questions
17:00 Questions and end of the fifth course day
  Sunday, the 2nd of June 2024
08:45 Welcome
 09:00 WSET® Level 3 practical examination – “blind tasting”
 09:30 Theoretical examination – WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines
 12:00 End of the course and the examination