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This structured and informative course explores the major grape varieties and important regions that define the world's key wines. You'll learn about production, key labelling terminology and major classifications to help you identify wines with confidence. This course is fantastic CV material for those pursuing a career in Wine or hospitality. For the amateur consumer it will provide invaluable knowledge and expertise - meaning that you will be able to choose and appreciate wine with confidence!

What's Covered

How wine is made

What factors influence wine style

The key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics

The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown

The production of sparkling, sweet and fortified wines

Label terminology

Tutored tastings of 48 wines

How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

How to make food and wine pairings

Do I need any prior knowledge? 

No prior knowledge is required. All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial. Students completely new to wine and spirits study may wish to complete the Level 1 Award in Wines first. However, this is not essential.

Course delivery - This qualification has a minimum requirement of 28 hours of study time, including 16 hours of classroom time. There will be eight classes lasting two hours each.

Assessment - Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions, to be completed in one hour. The exam will take place in week 9,the final session of the course. 

This qualification is regulated by Ofqual

Cost - £480 - The cost includes all study materials, wine and samples, tuition, six ISO tasting glasses, examination, postage and VAT.

Venue: The Cellar, The Oxford Wine Company, 6 Turl Street, Oxford , OX1 3DQ - Please note: Due to the age and character of the building there is no disabled access at the venue.

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Alternatively, contact The Oxford Wine School's Head Tutor John Shuckburgh for more information at