Apr 29, 2024 - Jun 3, 2024
Online Course
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WSET's Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

Who Is It For

Consumers who have a serious interest in wine as well as wine trade professionals working in the wine and hospitality industries looking to learn more about wine, wine regions and production. No previous wine study is required, however WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is helpful. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

What you'll learn

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Course is focused on all the major, and some minor, grape varieties as well as the major wine regions of the world. You’ll learn about their characteristics, the styles of wine they produce, and how to distinguish wine style and quality based on labels and wine terminology. This course will also include in depth information on viticulture (growing of grapes) and vinification (wine production) as well as sparkling and fortified wines. You’ll also learn the proper tasting procedure and how to analyze and decipher wines using the Systematic Approach to Tasting.

Benefits of Registering with Wine Enthusiast

  • Exclusive 10% Discount On Your Next Wine Enthusiast Purchase
  • A Free 1-Year Digital subscription to Wine Enthusiast Magazine
  • Access to a Special Tasting Sampler with Private Zoom Study Tasting*
  • Proctored by Wine Enthusiast's Chief Revenue and Education Officer, Commerce, Marshall Tilden, you'll be working directly with our team to guide you along the way
  • *Virtual Guided Tastings are not mandatory and will occur at (or around) 5:00 EST on specified days. They will be recorded for those that are unable to attend.

What You Need to Know

Class Format

Level 2 Award in Wines Online Course is a 5-week, 6-module online self-study program with a recommendation of 6 hours of online activities and textbook study per week. You’ll study under the support of our experienced educators who will provide feedback on assignments, review your coursework and answer any and all questions along your Level 2 Award in Wines journey. There are a number of wines that are advised to taste throughout this course (aside from our WEX Level 2 Sampler which will be used for the optional Virtual Guided Wine Tastings), which will be your responsibility to purchase. Many can be found here at Wine Express.

Exam Format

One-hour exam consisting of 50 multiple choice questions. Your exam will take place via secure remote online proctoring on a specific day and time. You need to take your exam in a private environment of your choice using a desktop or laptop computer AND your cell phone.

The exam will tentatively take place on June 06, 2024*

Exam orders are placed 21 days prior to the exam date and you cannot change the date once that order has been placed with the WSET. Results take 6-8 weeks to be released by WSET.

If you are unable to take the exam on the date listed, you may request to reschedule your exam date with three week's notice to wset@wineenthusiast.net. Failure to do so will result in a re-sit fee of $299.

You may schedule an in-person paper exam in NYC by withdrawing from your scheduled remote exam with three weeks prior notice and requesting an alternate exam format and date.

*Exam date is subject to change as a result of the ongoing global pandemic.

Course Materials

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Study Guide is an online ebook which will be made available at the start of the course as part of your online study content.

Study Guide: An Introduction to Wine

The study guide is delivered electronically. In order to access the study guide, you’ll need to create a free account with the WSET eBook Online Reader. Below is a list of the devices and operating systems supporting the WSET eBooks online reader:

Platform/Device Operating System Min. Resolution Min. Browser Version Rec’d Browser
Desktop/Laptop Windows 8 /10 1024 x 768 Google Chrome 81 & above, Firefox 75 & above Google Chrome
Mac OS Mac 10.10+ 1024 x 768 Safari 11 & Above, Google Chrome 81 & above Safari
Chrome OS ChromeBook 1024 x 768 Chrome OS 81 & above

For the ability to download the Study Guide and read while offline, you'll to download the WSET eBooks iOS or Android app. Below is the list of devices required to use the app:

Platform Permitted Devices
iOS 12+ Tablets: iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro & above
Mobile: iPhone6 & newer
Android 8.0+ Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung Galaxy Tab A, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Mobile: Google Pixel 3 XL, One Plus 3T+ Mobile, Google Pixel XL, Samsung M30 S
Windows Surface Windows 10 Surface Pro 3 & Newer

Please note that online classes require separate purchase of wine for tasting. We have a special exclusive WSET Level 2 Award in Wines tasting sampler available at our wine shop partner which will represent a portion of the recommended wines to be tasted for this course. Purchases of the sampler also includes two virtual live guided tastings with our Wine Enthusiast Academy Course Educators.

*Please note that tastings are NOT mandatory for the course requirements and are recorded for future viewing. More details on the styles of wines used can be found on the WSET Sampler page linked above.

Registration and Technical Requirements

Students need to be at least 21 years of age and will require access to a computer (recommended) and smartphone or tablet with these requirements (links to an external site).

  • Chrome 80 and 81
  • Firefox 74 and 75 (Extended releases are not supported*)
  • Edge 80 and 81
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
  • Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)

Have questions? Get in touch!


Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $75 Examination Fee (includes Virtual Exam): $199
Study Kit: $119 Tuition: $302
Total: $695
Optional exam re-sit fee: $299

Where We Are

200 Summit Lake Drive, 4th Floor
Valhalla, NY 10595

Learn about wine from the experts at our Westchester headquarters, easily accessible from Connecticut, Upstate New York and beyond (and just 30 minutes North of Manhattan). You’ll be attending class at the same hub where thousands of wines are tasted every month for Wine Enthusiast Magazine and be able to browse our one-of-a-kind wine cellars and home décor in our showroom before class.

Due to COVID-19 the Wine Enthusiast Retail Showroom is temporarily closed until further notice. Please feel free to call us at 914.345.9463 with any issues or concerns.

What's the WSET

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is an awarding body and registered charity devoted to the development and delivery of qualifications and courses in wines and spirits. Established in 1969 for the UK wine trade, WSET has since grown to become the global industry leader.

As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, our educational products offer impartial and sound learning on which individuals and businesses can build knowledge and expertise.

Social responsibility is a part of all our teaching programmes, therefore WSET is proud to support Wine in Moderation and DrinkAware.co.uk.

WSET qualifications are available through a network of over 800 Approved Programme Providers (APPs) working in over 70 countries and in 15 languages.

We also run our own flagship school, WSET School London from our headquarters on Bermondsey Street, London. The school offers the full suite of WSET qualifications alongside tasting sessions, career talks and bespoke programmes.

WSET credentials

WSET is committed to delivering our qualifications to the highest standard. We achieve this through a quality assurance programme where all course providers (Approved Programme Providers) must meet rigorous approval criteria and on-going monitoring requirements.

WSET, as an awarding organisation, is recognised as an awarding body by the English regulator for qualifications, examinations and assessments, Ofqual. It is also a member of the UK's Federation of Awarding Bodies.

In addition, we work closely with the industry to ensure that our qualifications and education products are job-relevant. Many of the industry's leading brands support our work through our Corporate Patronage Programme.

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