Level 2 Award in Wines

Looking Behind the Wine Label

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines provides a solid introduction to wine, wine service and food and wine pairing, and explores the most important grape varieties, wine-making regions and wine styles.

It is aimed at beginners who are considering a career in the wine industry, candidates who work with wine on a regular basis or intermediate enthusiasts who want to take their understanding of wine to the next level.

On completion of the course candidates will be able to communicate knowledgeably with customers and operate confidently during wine service, making wine recommendations based on customers preferences and food choices and work credibly with other wine industry professionals. Candidates will have the tools to interpret simple wine lists and make informed choices when making purchases in restaurants and retail outlets.


  1. Learning to recognise the characteristics of the most important varieties and wine-making regions including Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Chianti, Rioja, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and less well-known varieties such as Torrontes, Malbec, Albarino, Viognier and Pinotage.
  2. Examining the production of and characteristics of key sparkling wines, sweet wines and fortified wines.
  3. An introduction to grape-growing and wine-making that will allow the student to begin to make links as to why wines made from the same grape variety and/or region may be similar or differ in style.

The L2 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 28 hours of study and concludes with a 1 hour minute, 50 multiple choice question examination.

For more information please see the course specification.

Example examination questions:

1. Which grape variety is used for red wines from the Cote d’Or?

a. Riesling

b. Pinot Noir

c. Sauvignon Blanc

d. Cabernet Sauvignon

2. Which of the folowing regions produces inexpensive wines from Cabernet Sauvignon?

a. South Eastern Australia

b. Chianti

c. Pauillac

d. Sancerre

3. What can happen to wine that is exposed to strong sunlight?

a. It can cause musty cork-taint aromas to develop

b. It can cause the bottle to break due to high pressure

c. Nothing, except the wine will be warm

d. The wine will seem stale and old

4. In Burgundy, the wines from the very best vineyards will be indicated by which words on the label?

a. Sur Lie

b. Grand Cru

c. Classico

d. Cru Bourgeois

5. Which one of the follow is true?

a. Hail helps protect grapes from fungal attacks

b. Too much heat can stop the vine from producing sugars

c. Fertile soils give the higest quality of grapes fro winemaking

d. Irrigation is used widely for quality wine production in Europe

6. Compared with red wines, white wines are generally fermented at …

a. Either higher or lower temperatures

b. The same temperature

c. Higher temperatures

d. Lower temperatures