WSET Level 3 Award
in Wines

An advanced level qualification exploring wines

The WSET level 3 preparation courses at École V take place over five days.

You will discover the key factors involved in wine production. You will also learn how to taste and evaluate a wine, through 86 still sparkling and fortified wines produced in France, Europe and the New World. Thanks to our partnership with Château de Pommard, you will also benefit from two hours of additional courses dedicated to Burgundy wines.

At the end of your training, you will be able to evaluate wines with precision, confidently determining their style, quality, and aging potential.

Who is the course for?

WSET 3 courses have been designed for professionals who already work in the wine area, but also for amateur oenophiles who wish to deepen their knowledge of wine. This program is also intended for people who want to undertake a professional reconversion.

What you’ll learn

The WSET 3 courses are divided into two modules.

Unit 1

  • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
  • How these factors influence the key characteristics of the principal still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world
  • How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality

Unit 2

  • How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

How you’ll learn

The WSET 3 includes 32 hours of classroom instruction delivered by certified trainers and 60 hours of personal work. The program takes place over the course of two weeks. It includes a first 3 days session followed by a 4 to 5 days break in order to practice and prepare for the exam. The second 2 days session is sanctioned by the exam on the last day. A booklet will be given to you during your registration, to allow you to prepare for your session. 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. Lunches in the heart of the village of Pommard are included.

Evaluation and certification

At the end of the 32 hours of lessons, you will be evaluated on the knowledge acquired during Unit 1 during a two hours closed book test. You will be required to answer 50 multiple choice questions as well as four short-written questions. For Unit 2, you will be subjected to a blind tasting test of two wines, during which you will be asked to describe a wine and analyze its quality. To graduate, you will have to answer 55% of the questions correctly on each unit.

Entry requirements

Upcoming sessions:

July 29, 30, 31 and August 5, 6, 2019 from 9am to 5pm

November 18, 19, 20 and November 25, 26, 2019 from 9am to 5pm

May 4th, 5th, 6th and May 11th, 12th 2020 from 9am to 5pm

September 14th, 15th, 16th and September 21th, 22th 2020 from 9am to 5pm

It is recommended that you hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge. You must be over 18.
For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification.

Small groups : 14 students maximum per session.


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