WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits

A specialist level qualification providing expert level knowledge in all aspects of wine and spirits.
The WSET Level 4 Diploma is WSET’s flagship qualification and will provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of wines and spirits. Topics covered include wine and spirit production, wine regions and styles, and the global trade in wines and spirits. The diploma is also universally viewed as the stepping stone to the Master of Wine qualification. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the post-nominal DipWSET and associated WSET certified logo.
The WSET Diploma has played an invaluable role in my professional development. I encourage anyone who is serious about a career in the wine trade to pursue this qualification.

Mike James DipWSET – Wine Buying Director, ALDI Stores

What you'll learn

Unit 1: The global business of alcoholic beverages

  • The dynamics of the global market for alcoholic beverages
  • The local market
  • The marketing of alcoholic beverages

Unit 2: Wine production

  • Viticulture
  • Vinification
  • Maturation, treatments, and packaging

Unit 3: Light wines of the world

  • Northern and Western Europe
  • Central, Southern, and South-Eastern Europe
  • Africa, Australasia, and Asia
  • The Americas

Unit 4: Spirits of the world

  • Production of spirits
  • Types and styles of spirits

Unit 5: Sparkling wines of the world

  • Methods of production
  • Types and styles of sparkling wines

Unit 6: Fortified (liqueur) wines of the world

  • Methods of production
  • Types and styles of fortified wines

Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 600 hours of study time, including 118 hours of classroom or online delivery time with a WSET course provider.*

Available to study in these languages:

*Delivery will vary by course provider; however, this is the minimum requirement that should be met.

Important information for German-language students: German-Language Diploma announcement 1 June 2017

 

Assessment

 Unit 1: The global business of alcohol beverages

Assessment is by a coursework assignment and a theory exam. Both are based on topics chosen by the examiners.

 

Unit 2: Wine production

Assessment is by a multiple-choice exam paper of 100 questions.

 

Unit 3: Light wines of the world

Assessment is by two tasting exams and one theory exam. Students are required to assess 12 wines using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® and complete five long-written answers.

Unit 4: Spirits of the world

Assessment is by a combined theory and tasting exam. Students are required to assess three spirits using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® and complete three short-written answers.

 

Unit 5: Sparkling wines of the world

Assessment is by a combined theory and tasting examination. Students are required to assess three wines using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine and complete three short-written answers.

 

Unit 6: Fortified (liqueur) wines of the world

Assessment is by a combined theory and tasting examination. Students are required to assess three wines using the WSET level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine and complete three short-written answers.

Entry requirements

You must be over the legal minimum drinking age for alcoholic beverages in the country where the course and examination is taken. You will be required to hold the WSET Level 3 in Wines and Spirits, Level 3 Award in Wines or an equivalent wine qualification to enrol on the WSET Level 4 Diploma.

Course Information

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below.