Level 1 Award in Wines

WSET L1 WineConfidence in Wine

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a gentle introduction to wine, wine service and food and wine pairing, providing a basic introductions to the most important grape varieties, wine-making regions and wine styles.

It is aimed at absolute beginners, most candidates will have just taken their first job in the wine industry. It is ideal for enthusiasts who would like to make more confident decisions regarding wine when shopping in supermarkets or drinking in restaurants and bars.

On completion of the course, candidates will be able to communicate knowledgeably with customers and operate confidently during wine service and make informed decisions reagrding the purchase of wine and food and wine pairing.


  1. Learn how to recognise the characteristics of the most important varieties including Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay
  2. Examine the principles of food and wine pairing, the positive (and sometimes negative) impact that food and wine can have on one another.
  3. A brief introduction to wine service technique including fault identification, the use of corkscrews, preservation equipment and glassware.

The L1 Award in Wines is offered online, in the classroom or privately or as a hybrid online study programme with optional add-on tasting tutorials.

The course can be completed in 6 hours of study and concludes with a 45 minute, 30 multiple choice question examination.

For more information please see the course specification.

If you’re wondering whether Level 1 is right for you, have a go at the following questions that you might find in a Level 1 examination:

1. Chablis is an example of which style of wine?

a) Still red

b) Sparkling white

c) Still white

d) Fortified

2. What flavour would you associate with a wine described as oaked?

a) Raspberry

b) Vanilla

c) Lemon

d) Elderflower

3. Which part of the grape gives red wine its colour?

a) Pips

b) Skins

c) Stalks

d) Juice

If you knew the answers to these questions then maybe Level 2 would be more suitable:

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines