WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

A beginner level introduction to wine

École V offers a one-day wine introduction for beginners, culminating in the WSET Level 1 certification. You will discover the great types and styles of wine through the appearance, nose, and palate while developing the necessary skills needed to accurately describe wine and find the right food and wine pairings. You will taste 18 French wines carefully selected from the most-renowned vineyards, including Champagne, Grands Crus from Bordeaux and 6 wines from Château de Pommard.

Who is the course for?

The WSET 1 is designed for beginners. This one day course offers a first practical approach to the world of wine imagined for both amateurs and people wishing to find a first job in the field of wine.

What you’ll learn?

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • The most common grape varieties and their characteristics
  • How to store and serve wine
  • The main principles of food and wine pairing
  • How to describe a wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine ® (SAT)
  • How we produce wine, following biodynamic farming at Château de Pommard

How you’ll learn

WSET 1 includes six hours of classroom instruction delivered by certified instructors. You will get a booklet the same day, in which you will find the essential points covered during the training, as well as tasting grids and self-assessment exercises. You will also have the opportunity to visit the cellars of Château de Pommard and its vineyard of 20 hectares, which is the largest private monopoly of the Côte de Beaune. Lunch in the heart of the village of Pommard is included in the training day.

Evaluation and certification

At the end of the six-hour course, you will be evaluated on the knowledge acquired during a closed book test. You will need to answer 30 multiple-choice questions in 45 minutes. To graduate, you will have to answer 70% of the questions correctly. You will receive a WSET 1 certificate.

Entry requirements

Sessions are scheduled on Saturdays, from 9am to 5pm, twice a month.

All available sessions can be found when clicking on “Book now”

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You must be over 18.


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