WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

This course gives comprehensive coverage of wines, with an increased focus both on tasting technique and on factors influencing the style, quality and price of wines from major drinks regions of the world. It is considered a prerequisite for candidates planning to study for the WSET Level 4 Diploma.

This highly professional qualification is taught by MWs, MW students, WSET Diploma graduates and other senior industry specialists. This course is NOT suitable for beginners and you will need to have either completed WSET Level 2 or have a similar level of knowledge to be able to succeed in this course. If you have any questions, please email

Who it is aimed at
  • Serious wine lovers who wish to learn about wines in a rigorous and structured manner and gain an internationally-recognised wine qualification.
  • People employed in the drinks and hospitality industries in a supervisory capacity, needing core information to advise management and customers with authority and make informed selections of wines.
The Course

Each course comprises of lesson dates (see 'Lesson Dates' below) and an exam date (See 'Exam Date' below).

The lectures normally run for five full days from 08h30 to 1700. The exam consists of two papers; A blind Tasting paper of two wines plus a Theory paper of both multiple choice and short answer questions. A mark of 55% is required on both the Tasting and Theory papers to pass overall.

Location Book
Tue 07 May
Tue 14 May
Tue 21 May
Tue 28 May
Tue 04 Jun
25 Jun Closed Somm Hospitality, Stellenbosch Enrolment Closed
17 Aug 07 Jun Dunkeld West, Johannesburg Book
Mon 15th Jul
Tue 16th Jul
Wed 17th Jul
Thu 18th Jul
Fri 19th Jul
22 Jul 05 Jul Groot Constantia, Cape Town Book
Tue 06 Aug
Tue 13 Aug
Tue 20 Aug
Tue 27 Aug
Tue 03 Sep
17 Sep 26 Jul Somm Hospitality, Stellenbosch Book
Mon 02 Sep
Tue 03 Sep
Wed 04 Sep
Thu 05 Sep
Fri 06 Sep
09 Sep 16 Aug Dunkeld West, Johannesburg Book
Wed 02 Oct
Wed 09 Oct
Wed 16 Oct
Wed 23 Oct
Wed 30 Oct
13 Nov 18 Sep Cape Town Book
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19Nov
Wed 20Nov
Thu 21Nov
Fri 22Nov
25 Nov 01 Nov Somm Hospitality, Stellenbosch Book
Download Course Specifications


  1. Taste, describe and analyse wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting®
  2. Learn how to decode and understand labels
  3. Learn about the production factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine from vineyard to bottling
  4. Learn about the styles of wines produced in the key wine regions and districts of the world: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Greece, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America
  5. Learn about the methods of production and the main styles of sparkling wines from the key wine producing countries: France, Spain, Italy, Germany, New World - Australia, California, New Zealand, South Africa
  6. Learn about the methods of production and the main styles of fortified wines from the key wine producing countries: Spain, Portugal, France, Australia