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Diploma Unit Overview

Program Overview

The WSET® Level 4 in Wines & Spirits qualification consists of 6 units:

Unit 1The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages: Unit 1 examines the dynamics of the global market for alcoholic beverages, the local market and the marketing of alcoholic beverages. It is assessed by two papers: 1) a closed-book theory paper (essay) in the format of a case study, and 2) one coursework assignment or research paper on an assigned topic. Minimum 120 hours or 12 credits. 

Unit 2 Wine Production: Unit 2 delves into the science of wine to include viticulture & vinification practices as well as maturation, treatments, and packaging around the globe. It is assessed by means of a multiple-choice examination paper of 100 questions. Minimum 6o hours or 6 credits.

Unit 3 Light Wines of the World: Unit 3 takes in in-depth look at the light wines of the world to include: Northern and Western Europe, Central, South, and South-Eastern Europe, Africa, Australasia, and Asia as well as the Americas. Unit 3 is assessed by 1) a closed-book theory paper of 5 questions, and 2) a practical tasting paper of 12 wines. Minimum 300 hours or 30 credits.

Unit 4 Spirits of the World: Unit 4 focuses on the production of spirits as well as the types and styles of spirits around the world. It is assessed by a combined tasting and theory, closed-book examination, consisting of a tasting paper of 3 spirits and one theory question. Minimum 60 hours or 6 credits.

Unit 5 Sparkling Wines of the World: Unit 5 explores the methods of sparkling wine production as well as the types and styles of sparkling wines around the globe. Unit 5 is assessed by a combined tasting and theory, closed-book examination, consisting of a tasting paper of three sparkling wines and one theory question. Minimum 30 hours or 3 credits.

Unit 6 Fortified Wines of the World: Unit 6 outlines the methods of production of fortified wines around the world as well as defines the types and styles of fortified wines. Unit 6 is assessed by a combined tasting and theory, closed-book examination, consisting of a tasting paper of three fortified wines an done theory question. Minimum 30 hours or 3 credits.

Please note: Unit 1 and 2 MUST be studied at the beginning of a Diploma program because they will provide the knowledge and understanding required to complete the assessments in the product-knowledge units.

All classes are held at the Sofitel , 20 E. Chestnut Street in Chicago. On completion of all 6 units candidates will be award the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits. Successful candidates are entitled to use the letters DipWSET after their name, giving them the recognition they deserve. The WSET® Diploma  in Wines & Spirits is recommended by the Institute of Masters of Wine for candidates wishing to pursue membership.

As of June 2019, WSET no longer include spirits as part of the Diploma Program. As such, the units will carry different names moving forward:

New Unit Title Old Unit Title
D1 Wine Production Unit 2 (Wine Production)
D2 Wine Business Unit 1 (The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages) – case study

assignment

D3 Wines of the World Unit 3 (Light Wines of the World)
D4 Sparkling Wines

 

Unit 5 (Sparkling Wines of the World)
D5 Fortified Wines

 

Unit 6 (Fortified Wines of the World)
D6 Research Assignment Unit 1 (The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages) – coursework assignment