WSET Wine Certificate

Certificate in Wine Business Management

WSET Wine Certificate

Mad about merlot? Crazy about cabernet? It’s time to step up your sommelier game! Open to students and the general public, enroll in one of these WSET wine certification courses, and become a certified wine expert faster than you can swirl a sauvignon blanc.

Next intake

Autumn 2022


1-4 days




Certificate in Wine Business Management. Bottles


A stepping stone to a career in viticulture

  • WSET qualifications are globally recognized as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.
  • For individuals new to wine study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine.
  • Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality of wines.
  • Benefit from an authentic view of the wine world and develop skills that are essential for success in the hospitality, spirit, and culinary industries.

What is covered in the program

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.

Covered in one day

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

  • The main types and styles of wine 

  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics 

  • How to store and serve wine 

  • The principles of food and wine pairing 

  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT) 

Covered in four days

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

  • 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 

  • The style and quality of wines

  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles

  • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality 

  • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine 

  • Principles of food and wine pairing 

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  • There are no entry requirements for either of the qualifications. You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course to participate in any alcohol tasting. However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification. 
  • Cost:
    WSET Level 1 - CHF 350
    WSEL Level 2 - CHF 899 (students and staff), CHF 990 (public)
  • Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) is part of Swiss Education Group (SEG), which is an approved program provider of The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wine, spirits, and sake qualifications. SHMS is therefore entitled to offer WSET courses, but students should be aware that enrollment and payment will be directly administered through SEG. Successful completion of the course and assessment will result in WSET certification under the SEG name.
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