WSET Level 1 in Wines

This is the ideal place to start.

This is an introductory course suited to those with a basic knowledge as well as the total beginner. You will learn how to select the perfect bottle with confidence, how to taste and describe wines, all about food and wine pairing, and taste 14 beautiful wines. All kinds of wine lovers take it for business certification, or pleasure. There are no pre-requisites, and lots of course dates.

Course Overview

The Level 1 is a fantastic introductory course. We take you on a vinous journey around the world, packed full of exceptional quality wine tastings and food pairing exercises. It’s both educational and entertaining.

You will learn about:

  • How to taste and describe wines
  • How to pair food and wine
  • The characteristics of the classic grape varieties
  • Grape growing, terroir and winemaking
  • Storage and service
  • Champagne & Port
  • Tips on buying wine


Only $100 is due at the time of registration.  The balance is paid 3 weeks before the course starts.

Tastings & Instruction

At the 1 day course you’ll be guided through tastings of 14 benchmark wines worth over $700. You’ll learn about the classic grapes, enhanced by video clips from leading winemakers.

Our engaging and passionate instructors are highly qualified experts who are happy to answer all your questions. It’s fun, relaxed and you can sit back and enjoy the day.


At the end of the course there is a 30 question multiple choice exam with a pass mark of 70%. At Fine Vintage we have a 97% pass rate because we prepare you very well for the exam. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate which is a formal qualification in wine with international recognition, and a beautiful lapel pin. Many students frame their WSET certificates. And just to set your mind at ease we offer one free exam resit for this course. So enroll today and fuel your passion.

Course Format

1 full day course (14 wines tasted) | from 9.30 a.m. until 5.30 p.m.

The perfect course to start your wine education

97% Pass Rate!

Get your WSET Certification

For dates, prices and to register

Only $100 is due at the time of registration.  The balance is paid 3 weeks before the course starts.

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Who takes this course?

Everyone! The vast majority are wine lovers from all walks of life, and all ages.

We do welcome many people from the wine industry, especially those working in restaurants, retail and distribution. This is an introductory course and we presume no prior knowledge, but we do cater to the more advanced too. Our instructors are happy to answer questions throughout the day.

Course Preparation

Study Guide

Immediately upon registration we will email you a study guide which takes about one hour to read. It is advantageous to read it before the course, although not essential. At the actual course you will be given a hard copy of the study guide with space for taking some tasting notes on the wines. You will also receive by email a list of 100 proprietary practice exam questions to help you thoroughly prepare. And don’t stress about the exam as we have a 97% pass rate and you get one free re-sit, just in case.

Tasting Glasses

At the beginning of the course you will receive a set of 6 professional ISO tasting glasses and a carry bag. These are yours to keep forever.

Fine Vintage gives you these beautiful tasting glasses free of charge.

Locations, Dates & Prices

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Only $100 is due at the time of registration.  The balance is paid 3 weeks before the course starts.



When I decided to begin my wine education journey Fine Vintage Ltd. was my first choice. James Cluer MW and his team provided a first class experience which propelled my love and curiosity for wine into a lifetime quest to further my knowledge. I would highly recommend the WSET Level 1 course with Fine Vintage to any student who desires to learn from outstanding teachers who inspire you with their wealth of knowledge while exposing you to a benchmark selection of quality wines.


I’ve completed WSET 1 & 2 through Fine Vintage’s weekend courses, and I cannot recommend them enough. Particularly for those who work full time such as myself, the weekend courses are a great way to pursue an education in wine while juggling a busy schedule. The programs are well structured and paced, and the instructors are enthusiastic and personable – creating an enjoyable and manageable learning environment.


Having taken both WSET 1 and WSET 2 Fine Vintage definitely executes the classes at an exceptional level. The instructors were outstanding and taught the class with great passion providing high quality wine with many different varieties to taste! Not only did I learn much more about wine, but also after taking WSET level 2 from Fine Vintage it increased my interest and passion for wine exponentially. I highly recommend taking courses from Fine Vintage!


Fine Vintage WSET 1 training was more than I expected. The instructor was incredibly knowledgeable and brought the education to life through sampling many different wines from a variety of regions while taking us on a tour of the basic fundamentals of wine. Whether you are a novice or starting your career in wine, I would highly recommend Fine Vintage, Ltd.


I’ve taken wine courses with various providers over the years and can unequivocally say that Fine Vintage stands in a league of its own. The quality of wine alone sets the company apart but its real advantage is its instructors. Every FV instructor I’ve had has brought as much enthusiasm to the classroom as they’ve brought experience, drawing on both to bring the world of wine to life. You can’t get that kind of education from a textbook.


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Online Courses

Can’t make it to one of our courses?  Don’t let time or distance stand in your way.  Do it Online!

We have a variety of fantastic online wine certification courses that you can take from the comfort of your home or office.

Register today for a WSET wine course from the Fine Vintage wine school and get the best wine education available in North America.

For dates, prices and to register

Only $100 is due at the time of registration.  The balance is paid 3 weeks before the course starts.