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Level 1 & 2 Award in Wine & Spirits

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was founded in 1969 to provide high-quality wine education classes in wines and spirits for those already in or intending to join the trade, and enthusiastic consumers throughout the world.

The wine and spirit qualification courses cover product knowledge and tasting skills, making them suitable for all those who need such knowledge for their job as well as for those who have a general interest. Students learn how wine is made, the main types and styles of wine as well as the factors that influence wine style and quality, common wine grapes and their characteristics, how to store and serve wine, the principals of food and wine pairing, labeling terminology, and how to describe wine using a systematic approach to tasting.

The WSET has over 45 years' experience in the design and delivery of wine education classes and qualifications in wines and spirits. In that time, it has grown to become the largest global provider of wine education classes, with over 72,000 examination candidates per annum, in 73 countries and 17 different languages. WSET is a UK-based educational charity that works closely with the drinks industry, educational partners worldwide and the relevant regulatory authorities, always striving to provide best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the students that take their courses. They continually work in close liaison with all sectors of the drinks and hospitality industry to ensure that the standards laid out in each syllabus provide a service that not only meets but also exceeds the needs and expectations of our customers.

In order to protect the integrity of our qualifications, WSET Awards retain full control of the marking and issue processes. We also ensure that we set sound and fair examinations which assess candidates against these standards as we have a duty of care to all candidates.

As independent evidence of the achievement of these objectives, WSET Awards has put in place a Quality Management system that complies with the International Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2000 thereby establishing a systematic framework for continuous quality improvement.

OVER 40 WINES will be tasted and discussed, focusing on both varieties and regions. Varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache. Regional focus to include U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, and South Africa.


Veronique Cecilia Barretto
A San Antonio, TX native, Cecilia Barretto has been studying wine for 14 years. She received her Master's in Wine Business at the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon, France. During this time she also achieved her Level 3 Advanced Certification of the Wine, Spirits & Education Trust (WSET). Since May 2014 she has worked for Pedernales Cellars as the Brand Developer, Outside Event/Sales Coordinator, and Winery Educator. In addition to her role at the winery, Cecilia facilitates wine education and wine speaking events in the greater San Antonio area for both private and public clients. In her constant desire to continue her wine education, she is in the middle of the rigorous examination process for the Level 4 WSET Diploma. She plans to one day sit for prestigious Master of Wine exam of which only 340 people hold this title in the world.

"Prof. Barretto's knowledge of wine extended far beyond the scope of the course material allowing the students to have a high level of confidence in the answers they received when asking more in depth questions." - Previous Student

Registration is Now Open!

Space is LIMITED!

Entry Requirements

Students under the age of 21 are allowed to take the course and the exam, but are NOT allowed to sample any alcoholic beverages as part of their course.

You are not required to take the Level 1 Award in Wine and Spirits to take the Level 2 Course and Exam.

WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines
August 27 - November 21, 2017
Exam: November 21, 2017
LOCATION: Hill Country University Center
2818 East US Highway 290
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(806) 834-3589

WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
September 18 - November 6, 2017
Exam: November 6, 2017
LOCATION: Hill Country University Center
2818 East US Highway 290
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(806) 834-3589

Who Should Attend?

This qualification is popular with wine and spirit employees in restaurants, retail stores, and tasting rooms, as it will give students excellent all-round product knowledge. The course is also suitable for the interested consumer. There are no prerequisites for this course. The WSET Level 1 course is recommended for those brand new to wine, or for those who want to ensure a solid foundation as well as exam practice before moving on to this more challenging course.

*Space is limited.

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
  • Label terminology
  • Food and wine pairing principles
  • The principal categories of spirits and liqueurs, and how they are made
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)


(806) 834-3589

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)


Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute