WSET Level 1 Award in Wines (ONLINE)

This is an entry level qualification providing a straightforward introduction to wine. It is a great course for those wanting to know about wine styles, grape varieties, food & wine pairing and correct service and storage of wines.

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Course Duration:4 weeks
Exam Duration:45 minute
Exam Type:30 multiple choice questions
Award:Certificate and Metal Lapel Pin

*Additional costs may be incurred to courier your certificate if required outside of South Africa. Contact us for details


The course will be based around a 4-week, 5 module online learning programme with educator support available for this time. The course modules should be followed in order, but students are free to complete the modules at their own pace during this 4-week window. The course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete, plus revision time.

The course prepares the student for the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines examination and are guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each week includes a series of independent and/or group activities to help students understand the differences between grape varieties and types and styles of wine.

All study materials are included in the online course and available via the Online Classroom.

Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.

Students are advised to taste a range of wines during their studies. All the required wines for the course can be found in the online Equipment List. A list of other additional recommended wines can be found in the Course Specifications PDF Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator. Additional tastings may be included by the APP at their discretion.

Students will require access to a computer (recommended) and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements: Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible; web browser with Javascript and cookies** enabled; Adobe Reader XI or equivalent; Internet access (broadband recommended)

Please note:
Wines are not included in the cost of this course and although it will greatly enhance your learning experience, it is not compulsory to taste any wine.

Who it is aimed at:
Wine consumers wanting to know more about wines within an interactive, structured framework.
Candidates with their first job in hospitality or retail.

Topics Covered

Module 1: What is Wine & How is it Made?
  • Name the main parts of a grape and what they contain.
  • Name the key stages in the annual cycle of grape growing and know what happens during ripening.
  • Name and define different grape-growing climates and state how they can affect the characteristics of grapes. List the requirements for and the products of alcoholic fermentation.
  • Name and correctly order the key stages in the production of still white, red and rosé wines.

Module 2: Types & Styles of Wine
  • Identify the three main styles of wine: still wines, sparkling wines, fortified wines.
  • Study the notable structural characteristics of all wines.

Module 3: Introduction to Tasting
  • Learn how to taste wine and describe its notable characteristics using language from WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting.
  • Learn to distinguish differences and similarities between different styles of wine.

Module 4: Grape Varieties & Wines
  • Name the principal grape varieties and identify the characteristics and styles of their wines.
  • Identify and relate named wines from principal grape varieties to the grape varieties, types, characteristics and styles of wine.
  • Identify and relate other popular named wines to the types, characteristics and styles of wine.

Module 5: Storage & Service of Wines
  • Identify and define the ideal conditions for the short and long-term storage of wine.
  • State the recommended service temperature for the principal types and styles of wine.
  • State the correct procedures for opening and serving wine.

Module 6: Pairing Food & Wines
  • Identify the principal food and wine interactions and recognise the effect they typically have on a wine.

Module 7: Revision & Resources
  • Mock multiple-choice feedback examination which can be attempted as many times as the student likes.

Included with this course

  • All online tuition
  • Exam Fees
  • International courier costs (exams are marked in London)
  • Complimentary access to 260+ online flash cards for revision
  • Certificate with Metal Lapel Pin for all successful students
  • Domestic courier costs for your Certificate and Lapel Pin (Note: if you require these sent outside of South Africa there may be an additional charge required when results are known for international courier fees)
Please note: The course fee does not include wine samples, but you will be given guidance on what styles to source and taste. However, being able to taste wine throughout the course will naturally assist your studies, it is not compulsory to do so.


You have 45 minutes to complete the exam which comprises 30 multi-choice questions and a pass mark of 70%.

Below are the results you can attend and the marks required.

70% and above
69% and below

The course is designed to be fully online that includes computer-based testing via Remote Invigilation (RI) to take your exam. You will be monitored via webcam, screen sharing technology and a secondary recording device during your exam to ensure integrity with the qualification. A video explaining this in more detail can be found below

Further information on the operation of RI can also be found in the Candidate Information document.

Alternatively, the exam can be taken in person as opposed to online. Please contact us for further details.

WSET inform us of your results by email and as soon as we know we will inform you. A certificate and metal lapel pin for successful candidates will follow from London shortly afterwards.

If you are unsuccessful, you are able to retake the exam without having to retake the course if you do not wish to. Please contact us for potential dates and cost.