Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) wine courses – now in SA

Internationally-recognised wine courses now available in South Africa! The UK-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) wine courses – the only internationally-recognised wine courses in the world – are now available for the first time in South Africa.

These highly-regarded wine courses are seen as the industry standard in more than 55 countries around the world. If you or any of your staff are engaging with any overseas wine companies in any way, then the chances are that your customers or business associates will already hold WSET qualifications – something which can help form an instant bond and rapport between you and your staff.

The courses are rigorously taught, monitored and assessed and you can be certain that anyone achieving a WSET qualification will be able to add value to your business in many different ways. At the moment, two levels are being offered in South Africa.

Level 2 – behind the label. This course covers the major grape varieties and where they are grown around the world. Students are taught how to taste wine professionally using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting. This is a great course for any wine-lover, both for those working in the wine industry and for enthusiastic amateurs, and provides a sound basis of wine knowledge enabling successful candidates to interact usefully and profitably with overseas wine contacts. Course attendees will taste over 40 wines on the course, the majority of them from overseas.

Level 3 – exploring wines and spirits This course provides a more comprehensive coverage of the wide range of wines and spirits around the world. It is aimed at staff operating at a managerial or supervisory level and it is essential that anyone attempting this course have either WSET Level 2 or an equivalent level of knowledge in order to achieve success in this highly professional qualification. This qualification enables successful candidates to use the WSET logo on business cards, stationery etc and provides a thorough and rigorous depth of knowledge. Course attendees will taste at least 80 wines, approximately 95% of them from overseas and I am delighted to confirm that both Cathy van Zyl MW and Richard Kershaw MW will be lecturing on this course.

All the details of the first courses are linked above but if you have any more questions or requests, please let me know. I look forward to helping you develop and uplift your staff and grow your business opportunities and strengths with WSET. And I hope that harvest is going well for you all!

For more detail contact:

Cathy Marston


t: +27 (72) 390 9166 | f: +27 (86) 538 3112