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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.