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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

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We are very proud of our pass rate at Level 2. In both 2020 and 2021100% of our students passed with Merit or Distinction.

Course Date: TBC

WSET’s Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner to intermediate level qualification, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

This qualification is intended for beginners 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.

What you’ll 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 eight principal grape varieties:

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio/Gris
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah/Shiraz

The style and quality of wines

  • Made from 22 regionally important grape varieties
  • Produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world

How grape varieties and wine making processes influence key styles of:

  • Sparkling Wines
  • Fortified Wines

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

Course Delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 28 hours* of study time:

  • 16 hours of delivery time with a WSET course provider
  • 11 hours of personal study and revision
  • A 1-hour examination


A one-hour closed-book examination comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions.
On successful completion of the examination you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You must be of legal drinking age in the UK to participate in any alcohol tasting. However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification.

Course Information

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below. This qualification is regulated by Ofqual

Level 2 Specification


If you would like more information or to register your interest please contact us on wineschool@harrogatewines.com or phone the shop on 01423 522270

Price: WSET Level 2 in Wine from £TBC