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A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine.  For individuals new to wine study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine where you’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately and make food and wine pairings. 

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WSET Level 1 Award In Wines

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge of wines. It is designed to provide a sound but simple introduction to wines. The qualification will assist those who need a basic familiarity with the main types and styles of wines, for example people who work with wines as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail and hospitality sectors.


Successful candidates will be able to know the key stages in grape growing and winemaking, list the principal types and styles of wine, state the key characteristics of wines made from the principal grape varieties as well as other examples of wines, and know the key principles involved in the storage and service of wine. They will consequently be in a position to answer customer queries and provide recommendations for the service of wine.

What You Will Learn:

  • The key stages in grape growing and winemaking​

  • The types, characteristics and styles of wines made from the principal grape varieties ​

  • The key principles and practices involved in the storage and service of wine

  • The fundamentals of food and wine pairing

Course Duration and Commitment

  • 6 hours of guided learning with a WSET Certified Instructor at the Central Coast School of Wine in one day followed by a 45-minute assessment exam held at the end of the day. 

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Fees and Materials:

Tuition: $350.00
(Central Coast Wine/Hospitality Industry Members save 10% with verification)


Course fee includes:

  • Enrollment fee

  • All course materials in e-book format (printed materials available for an incremental fee)

  • Exam fee

  • In-person classroom instruction

  • WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Certificate & Lapel Pin

  • At least 6 wines to taste and evaluate throughout the guided learning activities

Additional benefits of studying with the Central Coast School of Wine:

  • Offered by the only full-time professional wine school permanently located in the Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo/Santa Ynez Valley corridor providing convenient course and exam participation to Central Coast wine industry/hospitality professionals and wine enthusiasts.

  • State-of-the-art interactive learning technologies in the region's only purpose-built classroom for wine education.

  • Discounts on other seminars and the WSET Level 2 Advanced Award in Wines course offered by the Central Coast School of Wine

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