NEW - Online - WSET Level 1 in Wines

Date: Saturday, June 8 to Friday July 5, 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday May 31, 2019
Price: $325

*** This course is past the registration deadline. ***

Starting in 2018 Brock University is pleased to offer the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines in an Online format.


Deadline to Register:  May 31 by 1 p.m.

Course to run from Saturday June 8 to Friday July 5, 2019.




This course is for the beginner - for those starting a wine career or wishing to explore wine for personal interest.




The course is based around a 4 week, 7 module online learning format 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 platform.




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** enables; Adobe Reader XI or equivalent; Internet access (broadband recommended).




Module 1:  What is wine and 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 and 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



Withdrawal Policy:  Withdrawal prior to Registration Deadline:  Refund of tuition, less $50 administration fee.  Withdrawal after Registration Deadline:  No refund.


Exam:  Revise and recap the course content. Students are advised to schedule a minimum of 1 hour of private study before sitting the Level 1 examination. Exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions in 45 minutes.  Date to be confirmed between the registrant and CCOVI (contact Barb Tatarnic at

Exam location: Inniskillin Hall, Brock University