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This intermediate qualification is intended for people 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.  No prerequisites required.


WSET Level 2 Award In Wines

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is an intermediate level certification ideal for anyone working in winery tasting rooms, restaurant service, retail sales, or wholesale distribution roles. It is also desirable for avid wine enthusiasts who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of grape varieties and wine styles.  While many candidates complete the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines or similar certifications first, no prior wine education or knowledge is required to enroll in the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines course and exam.

Successful candidates will be able to describe and compare the styles of wines produced from internationally and regionally important grape varieties, interpret wine labels from the main wine producing regions of the world and give basic guidance on appropriate selection and service, as well as demonstrate an understanding of the principles of wine tasting and evaluation.

What You Will Learn:

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

  • How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from the key internationally important grape varieties:

  • Chardonnay

  • Pinot Grigio/Gris

  • Sauvignon Blanc

  • Riesling

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Merlot

  • Pinot Noir

  • Syrah/Shiraz

  • The style and quality of tables wines made from 22 regionally important grape varieties produced in over 70 named regions around the world

  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of Sparkling wines and Fortified wines

  • Key labelling terms and how to identify origin, style and quality

  • Principles behind proper storage (aging) and service of wine

  • The fundamentals of food and wine pairing

Course Duration and Commitment

  • 16 hours of guided learning with a WSET Certified Instructor at the Central Coast School of Wine over two weeks plus a one hour certification exam following shortly after the classroom instruction series.  See specific course schedule for classroom instruction and exam days and times.


  • In addition, you should plan on at least 11 hours of personal study outside of the guided learning sessions to fully prepare for the certification exam

Fees and Materials:

Tuition: $850.00
(Central Coast Wine/Hospitality Industry Members save 10% with verification)

Course fee includes:

  • Enrollment fee

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

  • Exam fees

  • In-person classroom instruction

  • Optional mock exam and feedback session

  • WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Certificate & Lapel Pin

  • At least 12 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.

  • Optional exam preparation and review sessions at no additional cost.

  • Discounts on other seminars and the WSET Level 3 Advanced Award in Wines course offered by the Central Coast School of Wine

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