The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has been training and certifying wine professionals and enthusiasts for nearly 50 years. Last year alone, over 105,000 students across the world registered in a WSET certification course across over 70 countries. For wine professionals and enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive and structured path toward deepening their understanding and appreciation of wine, the WSET offers a series of wine and spirits courses ideal for all levels.

House of Wine is proud to be the first Approved Program Provider in Idaho for the following certification:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

**Mandatory Cinder Winery Enrollment Form- Due December 15, 2023

All students must complete the enrollment form below by December 15, 2023 to ensure registration.

WSET Level 1 Information

Who should take the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Course?
  • You are a wine enthusiast who wish to gain a hands-on introduction into the world of wine and wants to obtain an internationally recognized wine qualification
  • You are employed in the drinks and hospitality industries and have little prior knowledge of wine in general
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Prerequisites

Students must be at least 21 years of age at the date of enrollment.

There are no educational prerequisites to this course.

Course Outline

In this course, the following topics will be covered:

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • How to store and serve wine
  • The principles of food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

The link to the specifications for the course can be found here:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Specifications

Assessment and Certification

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is assessed by a closed-book examination that consists of 30 multiple choice questions, to be completed in 45 minutes.  A minimum mark of 70% is needed to obtain certification.

The exam will be held on 1/22/24 at 4pm at the conclusion of the course.


Monday, January 22, 2024- 9am- 4:30pm with assessment time included

Total Curriculum Hours including 45 minute exam: 7.25 hours

Course Fee

Course Fees Paid by Cinder Winery and Include:

  • Course book
  • Study guide
  • Wine samples (a minimum of 9)
  • Experiment supplies
  • Instruction by a WSET Certified Educator
  • Exam
  • Certificate & lapel pin upon successful completion
House of Wine WSET APP Policies

House of Wine is an independent WSET Approved Program Provider.  As such, we have created policies to ensure that we protect the integrity of the WSET qualifications offered, safeguard our student interests, comply with local regulations, and uphold WSET policies and procedures.  Our school’s policy handbook can be found at the button below:

House of Wine Policy Handbook (PDF)

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.