About Level 2 In Wines & Spirits

WSET's Level 2 course is perfect students looking to establish a core understanding of wines. This beginner to intermediate level is particularly helpful for those students working in the industry or wine and spirits enthusiasts seeking to expand their knowledge. During this course students will explore the major grape varieties and important wine wine regions from in which they are grown. Students will learn the styles of wines produced from these grapes, as well as classification and labelling terminology. Students will also gain an overview of the production and key categories of spirits and liqueurs. Students will taste a minimum of 30 wines/spirits. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

Topics covered include:

  • Wine production (still, sparkling, sweet and fortified wines)
  • Factors influencing wine style
  • Major black and white grape varieties and their characteristics 
  • Labeling terms
  • Food and wine pairing principles
  • Production and key categories of spirits and liqueurs
  • How to describe wine and/or spirits style using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting® (SAT)

Entry Requirements

Students must be of legal drinking age to sample any wines, however this is not a barrier to successfully completing the course. 

The WSET Level 1 course, or an equivalent level of knowledge, is recommended prior to completing the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits. 

Please view the WSET Level 2 Specification for addition information regarding the Level 2 course. 

Additional Information

  • Course fee includes all study materials, tasting samples (online courses excluded), and exam fees 
  • Tasting of a minimum of 30 wines/spirits (21+)
  • This is a two-day, in-person course, the exam will be held at the end of the second day. Advanced registration is required. Registration closes approximately 3 weeks prior to class dates.
  • Advanced preparation with WSET course materials is required prior to attending the course
  • The course requires 28 hours of study time, including 16 in-class hours (in-person courses only)