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- ONLINE

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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 an in person, 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.

In-Person Exam Sessions- Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 am or 1:00pm. 

In-Person Exam Location: House of Wine Classroom


This is a 4-week course with course access beginning Saturday, April 25th. 

Online material is accessible by candidates for 12 months from the time of the start of the course.

Study Requirements

  • Six hours of personal study time required
  • Two single hour interactive conference meetings (Optional)

Enrollment must be completed by 4/19/2020 to join this session.

Course Fee

Course Fee: $300 

To ensure your success, House of Wine includes the following items in your course registration fee:

  • Access to Online Study Modules, Quizzes, and Assignments (graded by your instructor!)
  • Study kit complete with:
    • Workbook
    • Hands-on Experiments
    • Wine Samples (in the Treasure Valley area only)
    • Delivery included!
  • Two interactive conference call meetings with your WSET Certified Educator and other students to cover experiments and course material
  • Instructional support by a WSET Certified Educator
  • Exam
  • Certificate & lapel pin upon successful completion
System Requirements

Due to the online nature of this course, the following requirements are needed to participate:

  • Access to a computer
  • Broadband internet (or reliable WiFi)
  • Internet Browser- Chrome 30.0, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6 or other HTML5 compatible web browser with Javascript and cookies enabled.
  • Applications: Adobe Reader XI or equivalent. Adobe Flash Player 11. Internet access
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.