Winemaking and its effect on wine

Who should attend?

The course, “Winemaking and its effect on wine is suitable wherever a thorough level of wine knowledge is required to underpin job skills and competencies, for example in the customer service and sales functions of hospitality, retail and wholesale industries. It is also useful for those who have a general interest in wine and wish to both broaden and deepen their knowledge.

How will you benefit?

Successful candidates will be able to describe and compare the styles of production for wines produced in different regions and countries. Be able to explain the difference in the aromatic profile due to winemaking considerations and the effect the weather will have on the production of quality grapes.

Outline programme
  • The difference and reasons for the choice of one winemaking style over another with the various grape varieties cultivated throughout the world.
  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:
    • Aromatic white wines
    • medium bodied white wines
    • Rosé wines
    • light red wines
    • medium bodied red wines
    • full-bodied red wines
    • Sparkling wines
    • Fortified wines
    • Sweet and or dessert wines

To gain the Level 3 qualification, candidates will be required to:

Successfully complete

  • a multiple choice paper of 50 questions
  • a blind tasting of two wines and a written analysis of the production process for each of the two wines

Included in the course price are: – The course material, the wine samples, the examination, the teaching as well as access to our study support website during the duration of the course

Required prior knowledge for the course: – a candidate is required to have followed and passed the WSET® Level 2 in Wines qualification. But an advantage, to have followed and passed the Level 3 in Wines qualification.

(N.B. if you are not sure, contact us, so that we can help you choose the course level according to your needs and objectives).

Guided learning hours: – It is recommended that a candidate should allocate at least 36 hours of study to complete the programme. The hours will usually be a combination of taught and private study time. It is also recommended that the teaching delivery time for the unit programme is not less than 16 hours

Learning outcomes – at the end of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  • understand the environmental influences and grape-growing options in the vineyard and how these will impact the style and quality of wine
  • understand how winemaking and bottle ageing influence the style and quality of wine
  • understand how environmental influences, grape-growing options, winemaking and bottle ageing influence the style and quality of wines made from the principal grape varieties.
  • know the style and quality of wines produced from regionally important black and white grape varieties
  • understand how the production process can influence the styles of sparkling, fortified, sweet and red wines
  • understand the key principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine, and in the pairing of food and wine

Progression Routes – Upon successful completion of the Level 3 winemaking and its effect on wine, the candidate may progress to the following qualifications:

WSET® Level 2 in Spirits: – For individuals wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs, this qualification provides comprehensive training. You will learn about the production methods and characteristics of the main spirits categories, while also exploring key brands and the use of spirits in cocktails

WSET® Level 3 in Wines: – For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides detailed understanding of the factors that affect style, quality and price. You will learn how to assess wines accurately and use your understanding to make authoritative recommendations

Please note that: – The WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines or an equivalent level of experience, is required for entry to the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines programme

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