wset level 2 awards in wines


WSET's Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.

What You'll Learn

  • The main types and styles of wine 
  • How environmental factors, grape-growing, wine making and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio/Gris
  • Sauvignon Blanc Riesling 
  • Riesling 
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Merlot 
  • Pinot Noir 
  • Syrah/Shiraz
  • Find out if this course is right for you. Take the Level 2 Awards in Wines quiz here.

  • The style and quality of wines: 
  • made from 22 regionally important grape varieties 
  • produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world How grape 
  • How grape varieties and winemaking process influences key styles of: 
  • Sparkling wines 
  • Fortified wines 
  • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality 
  • Principles and process involved in the storage and service of wine. 
  • Principles of food an wine pairing. 

Course Delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 28 hours* of study time:

  • 16 hours of delivery time with a WSET course provider (classroom or online)
  • 11 hours of personal study and revision
  • A 1-hour examination
Available to study in English languages:


A one-hour closed-book examination comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions. On successful completion of the examination you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

Entry Requirement

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course to participate in any alcohol tasting. However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification. Requirements may vary by course provider.

Course Information

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below. This qualification is regulated by Ofqual.

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WSET Level 1 Awards in Wines

A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine.

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