This entry level course provides basic information on basic grape varieties, introduction to wine tasting, food and wine pairing as well as basic service knowledge. Perfect for people new to the world of wine, this course results in a WSET Level 1 Award in Wines certificate and is a great starting point for most novice consumers. The final exam consists of 30 multiple-choice questions, which may be taken online or in person. Successful completion of the exam earns students WSET Level 1 Award in Wines certificate. The course fee includes all study materials, tuition, exam fees, and postage. The American Wine School offers WSET Level 1 Award in Wines in two different online formats:
WSET Global Classroom , a tutor-guided course with weekly activities you complete at your leisure during the week and American Wine School Virtual Classroom which meets weekly at specific dates and times just like an in-person classroom. These classroom lectures are led by a live instructor and are identical to our face-to-face instruction with one exception; students are responsible for purchasing the wines for the course (6 bottles total). During the course, students are able to ask questions, chat with other candidates, and submit tasting notes for one-on-one feedback. Virtual sessions are recorded for candidates who might miss a class or want to listen to a lecture again.
Once the course is over, students sit the exam in person at an American Wine School location or online from the comfort of your own home. COVID-19 UPDATE: As of June 1, 2020 WSET will conduct Level 1 Wine exam ONLINE. While in-person exams are still available, WSET will now offer online exams making it possible to take the exams from the comfort of your own home.
While there is no blind tasting on the exam, sampling wines is a fun part of the learning experience. Students should taste a range of wines during their studies. A list of suggested wines will be sent to candidates prior to the first class. If you would like to have class wines delivered to your door, please consider purchasing the AWS Level 1 Class 6-pak from our online partner WineJug. To have the AWS Level 1 6pk ($125 including shipping) of class wines delivered to your door click here
The Level 1 Online Learning course fee of $225 includes study guide, online course, and exam fee. All wines tasted during the course are purchased by candidates.