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WSET Level 3: Award in Wines


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Training and exam in the English language.

Purposes of the Qualification:

WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines was developed to give the deep understanding of the factors, influencing on the style, quality and the price of main still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world. This Qualification is suitable for those who need to be able to evaluate wines professionally in the ratio of the price-quality. The Qualification provides a comprehensive product knowledge required to maintain the competence and practical skills associated with the wines and spirits selection in the sectors of retail trade and hospitality.

Main directions of training:

  1. The theory of the wines of the world:

  • Natural and human factors in the vineyard, that influence on the style, the quality and the price of wine.
  • Human factors in the winery, that influence the style, the quality and the price of wine.
  • Major regions of the world, producing still wines, and the factors that determine their style, quality and price.
  • The main sparkling wines of the world, and the factors that determine their style, quality and price.
  • The principal fortified wines of the world, and the factors that determine their style, quality and price.

  2. Analytical tasting and rating wines according to the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT).

Training programme:

Lecture 1. Introduction and familiarization with the principles of analytical tasting.

Lecture 2. Viticulture: natural and human factors that influence on the style, the quality and the price of wine.

Lecture 3. Human factors in the winery that influence on the style, the quality and the price of wine.

Lecture 4. White wines of Germany, Alsace, Austria and the region of Tokaj in Hungary.

Lecture 5. White wines of the Burgundy, the Loire Valley and the Bordeaux.

Lecture 6. Red and rose wines of the Bordeaux, Southwest France and the Loire Valley.

Lecture 7. Red wines of the Burgundy, red and white wines of the Northern Rhone Valley.

Lecture 8. Red, white and rosé wines of the southern Rhone Valley, Southern France; red wines of Spain (part 1) and the white wines of Spain and Portugal.

Lecture 9. Red wines of Northern Spain, red and white wines of Northern Italy.

Lecture 10. Red and white wines of Central and Southern Italy, red wines of Portugal, both red and white wines of Greece.

Lecture 11. Premium red wine regions of the New world.

Lecture 12. Premium white wine regions of the New world.

Lecture 13. Special wines from the regions of the New world.

Lecture 14. Sparkling wine.

Lecture 15. Fortified wine.

Course duration:

4 days. Exam on the 5th day morning.

Classroom training is intensive, which consists of theory revision and tasting practices.

WSET® recommends a MINIMUM of 54 hours of self-study before the course, accounting for 27 consecutive days, if practicing 2 hours a day.

For the successful exam we recommend you to allocate at least 2 months to prepare for the course, all the terminology should be known by heart, one should practice to write quickly and accurately.

Qualifying examination WSET® Level 3: Award in Wines consists of two parts:

Part 1 – 30 minutes. Practical work in the form of a blind tasting and evaluation of two still wines according to the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT).

Part 2 – 2 hours. Written test of two theories blocks of the course:

  • 50 questions with four possible answers, and
  • 4 question requiring an extensive answer in writing on the application of knowledge across the course.

Passing the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines is a mandatory step for further training for the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits.


Cost — 70 000 rubles.

The possibility of discounts for the training groups can be discussed.

Lessons in 2018 - see the schedule.

Applications for the courses in spring 2018 (till 10 March 2018).



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