WSET Level 1 Award in Wine Service

A beginner level introduction to wine service for those starting a career in hospitality.
For individuals entering, or wishing to enter, the hospitality industry, this qualification provides an introduction to wine service. The qualification covers critical service skills including glassware and service equipment, as well as selecting and serving wines. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate.
What started as complementary training for my cooking education turned into a great passion for wine.

Evangelos Botzatzis – student, Greece

What you'll learn

  • The main principles of sommellerie (wine service)
  • How to enhance customer service
  • How to correctly care for and handle wine service equipment
  • How to serve wine effectively
  • How to store wine correctly
  • The career options available

Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of six-and-a-half guided learning hours with a WSET course provider.*


Available to study in these languages:

*Delivery will vary by course provider; however, this is the minimum requirement that should be met.


Assessment is by a role-play restaurant wine service exercise.

To gain this qualification you must also successfully complete one of the WSET Level 1-3 wine qualifications.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course to participate in any alcohol tasting. However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification.

Requirements may vary by course provider.

Course Information

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below.

Notice of qualification withdrawal

Please note that the Level 1 Award in Wine Service will be permanently withdrawn on 31 July 2018. All examinations and resits for this qualification must be completed by this date.