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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Course Length:
9 week(s)
Number of Modules:
9 module(s)
Total Hours:
90 hour(s)
Study Pack:
Wolfson College
Course Start Date
To Payper Student

About the Course

This course builds on the knowledge and tasting skills acquired from the Level 2 (Intermediate) course and continue with a clear focus on developing effective tasting technique. Successful students will be able to describe the production methods and organoleptic characteristics of a broad range of high-quality wines and spirits from around the world. The WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting is followed when tasting each wine.

The course runs over 15 sessions of 2 hours each, plus a final examination consisting of a Theory paper (50 multiple choice questions + short written answer questions) + a Tasting paper (blind tasting of 2 wines).

The Total Qualification Time for this course is 84 hours. At Wine Matters, we give you 32.5 Guided Learning Hours meaning you should complete a minimum of 51.5 hours of study outside of the classroom environment.

The sessions are as follows:

  1. Session 1: Introduction & Tasting Technique
  2. Session 2: Natural Factors & Human Influences In The Vineyard
  3. Session 3: Human Influences In The Winery
  4. Session 4: White Wines Of Alsace, Germany, Austria & Tokaji
  5. Session 5: White Wines Of Burgundy, the Loire Valley, and Bordeaux
  6. Session 6: Red & Rosé Wines Of Bordeaux, South West France & The Loire Valley
  7. Session 7: Red Wines Of Burgundy, Beaujolais And The Red & White Wines Of The Northern Rhône Valley
  8. Session 8: Red Wines Of Northern Spain And Red & White Wines Of Northern Italy
  9. Session 9: Red & White Wines Of Central & Southern Italy, Red Wines Of Portugal And Red & White Wines Of Greece
  10. Session 10: Red, White & Rosé Wines Of The Southern Rhône Valley And Southern France. Red Wines Of Spain Part I And White Wines Of Spain & Portugal
  11. Session 11: Premium Red Wines Of The New World
  12. Session 12: Premium White Wines Of The New World
  13. Session 13: Regional specialties Of The New World
  14. Session 14: Sparkling Wines
  15. Session 15: Fortified Wines

Useful Links:

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust - for more information on our courses as well as useful documents to support your study:

The Institute of Masters of Wine - the wine trade’s more prestigious qualification:

Decanter Magazine - for news and current events in the wine trade:  Michael participates in panel tastings for Decanter.

The Drinks Business - news and articles relating to the wine trade:  Michael participates in panel tastings for The Drinks Business.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association - useful information and links relating specifically to the UK wine and spirits industry including the indispensable UK trade diary:

WineSearcher - A useful site for checking current prices and availability for most wines:

Winetraders - Michael’s Italian wine importing company. You can find more information on some of the wines tasted on the course:

WineWays - Michael’s wine travel company:


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