WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Distance Learning IWEG Distance Learning Program

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This is a beginner level wine course for those starting a wine career or beginning to explore wine for personal interest, with no prerequisite required.

The course will be based around a 4-week, 7 module online learning programme with educator support available for this time. The course modules should be followed in order, but students are free to complete the modules at their own pace during this 4-week window. The course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete, plus revision time.

The course prepares the student for our qualifications and they are guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each week includes a series of independent and/or group activities to help students understand the differences between grape varieties and types and styles of wine.

All study materials are included in the online course. It will be assumed that students have basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English.

Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study. Students are advised to taste a range of wines during their studies. All the required wines for the course can be found in the online Equipment List. Any additional wines can be found in the Specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.

Students will require access to a computer (recommended) and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements: Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible; web browser with Javascript and cookies** enabled; Adobe Reader XI or equivalent; Internet access (broadband recommended).

Module 1: What is Wine & How is it made?
Name the main parts of a grape and what they contain. Name the key stages in the annual cycle of grape growing and know what happens during ripening. Name and define different grape-growing climates and state how they can affect the characteristics of grapes. List the requirements for and the products of alcoholic fermentation. Name and correctly order the key stages in the production of still white, red and rosé wines.
Module 2: Types & Styles of Wine
Identify the three main styles of wine: still wines, sparkling wines, fortified wines.
Study the notable structural characteristics of all wines.
Module 3: Introduction to Tasting
To learn how to taste wine and describe its notable characteristics using language from WSET's Systematic Approach to Tasting. To distinguish differences and similarities between different styles of wine.
Module 4: Grape Varieties & Wines
Name the principal grape varieties and identify the characteristics and styles of their wines.
Identify and relate named wines from principal grape varieties to the grape varieties, types, characteristics and styles of wine. Identify and relate other popular named wines to the types, characteristics and styles of wine.
Module 5: Storage & Service of Wines
Identify and define the ideal conditions for the short and long-term storage of wine. State the recommended service temperature for the principal types and styles of wine. State the correct procedures for opening and serving wine.
Module 6: Pairing Food & Wines
Identify the principal food and wine interactions and recognise the effect they typically have on a wine.
Module 7: Revision

IWEG's Cancellation and Refund policy:

Withdrawal up to 10 days prior to course start date, refund of tuition, less $150 administration fee. Withdrawal less than 10 days to start date , no refund.  Please note all course materials are paid upon registration, and are non-refundable.

Policy on changing your exam date to an alternative date.

Please note IWEG's policy on changing your exam date:

When you register for a WSET or WSG course, you are booked to take your exam on a specific date, which is indicated in your Course Schedule. You can view this before registering, and when you register, you will be reminded.

If you decide not to write your exam on the date you are registered for, this is what you must know:

·  For WSET Levels 1 to 3 and WSG courses, you have to ask to change the date at least 15 days before the exam date, by writing to admin@iweg.org.

·  For WSET Level 4 Diploma you have to ask to change the date at least 75 days before the exam date, by writing to admin@iweg.org.

·  You must pick a new exam date within 12 months from the start of your current course.

·  You may change your exam date a maximum of two times during the 12 months. You can choose from any exam dates/re-sit dates listed on the course page of the IWEG website. It is possible that your first choice may not work, if the exam is full.

· Each time you change your exam date, there is a $150 fee.

· After the 12-month period, from the start of your current course, if you still need to sit the exam, you will be charged an exam “re-sit” fee, which varies depending on the course, as well as the $150 fee.

·  The only exception to this policy is in case of a valid and verified personal or family emergency, subject to approval from WSET and WSG.


Available Classes:


WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Distance Learning O1W19050 Starts Jan. 05, 2019

Cost: $375
IWEG - Exam Only

This course runs from Saturday, January 5th 2019 to Friday, February 1st, 2018.

Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Saturday, February 23rd 2019 at 3:30 pm.

Deadline to register is Friday, December 14th 2018. 

Students will receive an email from the WSET online classroom just before the start date.  You will participate in online assignments, and online postings during your 4 weeks of study.  All study materials are included in the online course. Students are responsible for their own tasting samples.  IWEG now offers an alternative to PayPal; to pay directly by VISA or MasterCard, please call the office at (416) 534-2570 during business hours.

Enroll for this Class ($375)