The WSET Level 4 Diploma is the highest qualification offered by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Holders of WSET Level 4 Diploma are recognized around the world as specialist professionals with exceptional knowledge of all aspetcts of the wine industry and deep analytical skills enabling them to operate successfully in the highest ranks of any wine-related business.
Only 10,000 people worldwide have ever gained this prestigious qualification, which is also the ideal stepping stone for anyone with the ambition to enter the Master of Wine programme.
An absolute minimum of 500 hours of preparation, between tutored classes and private study time is required to achieve the knowledge and analytical skills required to achieve the WSET Level 4 Diploma.
At AccademiaVino we are currently working to offer the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Italy.
Before joining a WSET Level 4 Diploma course you need to have successfully completed the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. No other qualification can be accepted.
The Diploma is only offered in English and a strong grasp of written English is required for this course - assessment for the Diploma requires an ability to write long- and short-form answers. Students whose first language is not English are recommended to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent ability level.
Please click here to pre-register your interest and receive information as soon as the Level 4 Diploma becomes available in Italy.
What you'll learn
The Diploma is delivered over two years in six mandatory covering a broad range of topics including wine production, wine business, and still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world.
D1 – Wine production
- Vine requirements
- Anatomy of the vine and grape
- Grape growing options, explaining and evaluating the different approaches and how these options affect grape yields, quality and the final wine produced
- Natural factors in the vineyard and how they influence the vine’s ability to produce grapes for wines of different styles, quality levels and price
- Winemaking and post-fermentation options and how they influence the style, quality and price of wines
D1 – hours of study weighting 20%
D2 – Wine business
The types of businesses engaged in wine production and the options for getting wine to the point of sale
Factors that contribute to the price of wine
Key considerations in wine marketing
D2 – hours of study weighting 10%
D3 – Wines of the world | D4 – Sparkling wines | D5 – Fortified wines
In each of these Units you will learn:
How grape-growing, winemaking, maturation, wine law and wine business influence the style, quality and price of the principal still wines (D3), sparkling wines (D4) and fortified wines (D5) of the world.
How to taste and evaluate still wines (D3), sparkling wines (D4) and fortified wines (D5) using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
D3 – Wines of the world: hours of study weighting 50%
D4 – Sparkling wines: hours of study weighting 5%
D5 – Fortified wines: hours of study weighting 5%
D6 – Independent research assignment
How to research a specified wine-related subject
D6 – hours of study weighting 10%