WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits  

Worldwide recognized as the leading qualification for experts in wines and spirits, the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits is a specialist qualification where detailed product knowledge is combined with commercial factors and a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits. The WSET Diploma is also universally viewed as the stepping-stone to the Master of Wine qualification.


The program

It is comprised of 6 units of study, each designed to build expertise in a particular area.

Unit 1 – The global business of alcoholic beverages
Unit 2 – Wine production
Unit 3 – Light wines of the world
Unit 4 – Spirits of the world
Unit 5 – Sparkling wines of the world
Unit 6 – Fortified wines of the world

Units 1 and 2 are considered as Preparatory Units and must be studied at the beginning of a Diploma programme because they provide the knowledge and understanding required to complete the assessments in the product-knowledge units (Units 3, 4, 5, 6).

Download “Qualification structure and unit assessment”

How to prepare?

WSET Level 4 Diploma is a combination of both, taught classes and personal learning. The 120 hours of taught classes must be associated with a minimum of 600 hours of personal study. Also it is highly recommended that student take the optional feedback tests proposed along the course as it is the best way to understand the examination’s expectations.

Detailed information on the elements to learn can be found in WSET Diploma Specifications Also it is strongly recommended that candidates read the Candidate Assessment Guide (Theory & Tasting) for the detailed requirements for all assessments.

Entry requirements

Candidates applying to sit any part of the Diploma assessment must be minimum 18 years old and hold the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines (& Spirits) Certificate. If you don’t hold such certificate you are required to contact us to discuss your eligibility. In addition, fluency in written English is required in order to succeed in any Diploma assessment.

Diploma Graduates

Upon successfully passing the WSET Diploma, candidates are entitled to use the letters DipWSET after their name, giving them the recognition they deserve. Graduates are also able to join WSET’s Alumni Body, which offers access to specialised content and networking events designed to support continued learning.

Course information


Unit U3. : November to May 2019
(Exam U3 – 13th June 2019)  

Unit 6: April 15th to 16th 2019 
(Exam U6 – 12th June 2019) 

Entry Seminar D1: September 16th to 19th 2019 
(Exam D1 – November 28th 2019)


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This course takes place at Millésima :
87 quai de paludate, 
33050 Bordeaux