WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts.
For individuals seeking a core understanding of wines, this qualification explores the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown. You’ll learn about the styles of wines produced from these grapes as well as key classifications and labelling terminology. A basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs will also be provided. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
I have learned a lot from WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits: new wines, new wine areas, how to evaluate wines – and more!

Bogdan Caracaleanu – student, Romania

What you'll learn

  • How wine is made
  • What factors influence wine style
  • The key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics
  • The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown
  • The production of sparkling, sweet, and fortified wines

Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 28 hours of study time, including 16 hours of classroom or online delivery time 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 closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions.

This qualification is regulated by Ofqual

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. 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.



Please note that the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits will be permanently withdrawn on 31 January 2020. The qualification will remain available for resit only candidates until 31 July 2020, all resit examinations for this qualification must be completed by this date.

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines will be launched on 1 August 2019 but please note this will not be available in Slovenian or Finnish.