"Counsellor in Swiss Wine"

Who should attend?

This qualification is intended to provide core knowledge of the wide range of wines produced in Switzerland. The qualification is designed for trade and hospitality employees working in a supervisory capacity who need to advise management, answer customer queries authoritatively, or make informed selections of Swiss Wines in a variety of situations.

The qualification is a prerequisite for those planning to specialise in the domaine of Swiss Wine.

How will you benefit?

The course focuses on the tasting and analysis of the characteristics of the main Swiss grape varieties as well as of the limited production of "speciality" grape varieties in each Canton.

Outline programme

  • the main grape varieties used to produce wine in each Canton
  • the grape varieties used to produce wine in limited quantities in each Canton
  • reading the wine label
  • food and wine matching
  • wine tasting, using the WSET® Level 3 systematic approach to tasting©

To gain the qualification, candidates are required to successfully complete:

Unit 1 - theory

  • a multiple choice paper which consists of fifty (50) questions

Unit 2  - practical

  • The blind tasting of a (Swiss) wine

The examination will be marked by abcwine-spirits.ch in Switzerland

Please note, that this course is under development but will be available for study as of January 2011

Required prior knowledge for course:

Certificate in Swiss Wine

An advantage: The WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, as well as the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits or equivalent.


Guided learning hours:

It is recommended that the teaching time for the course is no less than 16 hours and should be no more than 20 hours.

Progression Routes:

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Certificate in Swiss Wine, the student may progress to the following  qualifications :

Learning outcomes

at the end of this course, the candidate will be capable of:

  • explain the key factors influencing the production and how those factors influence the style, quality and price of the wine
  • describe in detail the characteristics of the main Swiss wines
  • use knowledge of Swiss wines to make recommendations to customers in a variety of situations
  • apply the principles of food and wine matching to the key styles of wine available
  • by the use of the WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting, produce tasting notes and use the information contained within them to identify the style, quality and price band of wines and spirits
  • provide information for customers and staff on the health issues relating to wines and spirits
  • provide information and advice for customers and staff on the correct storage and service of Swiss wines
  Certificate in Swiss Wine for Instructors
  WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits
  WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits