WSET® Level 4 Courses in Wines & Spirits

Who It’s For:

The WSET® Level 4 Courses in Wines and Spirits are a program of study for wine professionals and consumers who are serious about pursuing a high-level, internationally recognized wine credential. This program is one of the most demanding and challenging courses of wine study offered in the world, and fulfills one of the prerequisites for entry into the Master of Wine program.

What You’ll Learn:

The courses are designed to build specialist knowledge of the principal wines and spirits of the world and the commercial factors relating to them, as well as a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits. The program will aid those who are required to make managerial decisions, interpret information and have a thorough understanding of market trends and requirements in a variety of trade and industry sectors. Testing includes a combination of coursework assignments, hand-written tasting notes, blind tastings, and closed-book essay and multiple-choice exams.

Entrance Requirements:

1. At least 21 years of age AND
2. A passing grade in the WSET® Level 3 Advanced Course in Wines & Spirits

Program Outline:

The WSET® Level 4 Courses in Wines & Spirits consist of six Units:

  • Wine Production, Unit 2
  • The Global Business of Wine, Unit 1
  • Light Wines of the World, Unit 3
  • Spirits of the World, Unit 4
  • Sparkling Wines of the World, Unit 5
  • Fortified Wines of the World, Unit 6

WSET® Level 4 students must enter the program by first studying Wine Production, Unit 2. The Unit 2 multiple-choice examination is a gateway examination and must be successfully completed before registering for subsequent Level 4 courses.

A passing grade is required in all six Units in order to earn the WSET® Level 4 Award in Wines & Spirits.

Class Formats & Study:

Most classes meet once a week from 6pm until 8:30pm. A few classes are offered as one-day sessions on Saturdays. Please check individual class schedules for further details.

Students should be fully aware of the many hours of individual research and study that are required to succeed in this program. WSET® recommends 600 study hours to complete all Units of the WSET® Level 4.

More Information:

Also, please do not hesitate to contact International Wine Center staff via email or phone (212-239-3055) with questions.