WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is our most popular course. It will teach you about the key grape varieties grown around the world and the different styles of wine produced. It will also introduce the Systematic Approach to Wine Tasting which will be followed when tasting each wine.

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Course Duration: 2 days
Exam Duration: 1 hour
Exam Type: 50 multiple choice questions
Award: Certificate and Metal Lapel Pin
Cost: R7,900


This course is an ideal introduction to the world of international wines and wine law and is suitable for beginners as well as people who have already studied South African wines.

Who it is aimed at:
Wine enthusiasts who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of wines and want to obtain an internationally recognised wine qualification.
People employed in the drinks and hospitality industries with little previous knowledge of alcoholic beverages in particular international wines.
People wishing to pursue a career as a sommelier and who want to learn more about international wines and wine styles before going onto accredited Sommelier qualifications.


The Course:
Each course comprises of a lesson dates and an exam date.
The lectures are normally run on two full days from 08h30 to 17h00. The exam lasts for one hour consists of 50 multiple choice questions and is usually held one to two weeks later.

Topics Covered

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pairing Food & Wines

  • Identify the principal food and wine interactions and recognise the effect they typically have on a wine.

Included with this course

  • All tuition
  • All course materials including:
    • WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine card
    • 136 page Level 2 Work Book
    • 83 page Level 2 Course Book
  • Exam Fees
  • International Courier Costs (exams are marked in London)
  • Food and Wine Pairing
  • 4 x Branded ISO Tasting Glasses
  • Branded ISO Tasting Glass Bag
  • Tasting of 35+ international and local wines
  • Complimentary access to 700+ online flash cards for revision
  • Certificate with Lapel Pin when you pass.
  • Domestic courier costs for your certificate and lapel pin


You have one hour to complete the exam which comprises 50 multi-choice questions and a pass mark of 55%.

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

Pass with Distinction:
85% and above
Pass with Merit
Between 70% and 84%
Between 55% and 69%
Between 45% and 54%
Fail unclassified:
44% and below

As with every WSET exam around the world, the exam papers are sent to WSET in London, UK to be marked to ensure global continuity with the results.

Results are normally known up to 3 weeks later, however with the current working restrictions in the UK due to Covid-19, results can take up to 6 weeks at present. WSET inform us by email and as soon as we know we will inform you by email. The 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. The cost to resit the exam is currently R1,600. Please contact us for potential dates.