WSET Level 1 Award in Wines CLASSROOM


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The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Award in Wines is an entry level qualification providing a straightforward introduction to wine. It is ideal for boosting the confidence of new or inexperienced front-line staff in the hospitality and retail sectors.  It is also a great course for those wanting to know the main grape varieties and food and wine matching.


Sunday, March 6, 2022  (Full)

Offered in a 1-day format. Course material will be made available for pick up before the class begins. A minimum of 15 participants required.


9:30 AM - 5:30 PM (The exam will be held prior to 5:30 PM)


PJ's Restaurant - University of Guelph, School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management, Macdonald Stewart Hall (MACS)

MACS is located in north campus, just east of the Gordon Street and College Ave intersection.

University of Guelph campus map


Wine consumers wanting to know more about the main grape varieties and food and wine matching, as well as hospitality professionals who would benefit from an introductory level wine course.


On completion of the core units, you will be able to:

  • describe in general terms the main styles of wines available
  • display a basic understanding of the factors that determine the main styles of wine
  • describe in general terms the main characteristics of the principal grape varieties
  • state the procedures for the storage of wine
  • state the procedures for the opening of wines
  • state the social, health, safety and legal issues relating to the consumption of wine
  • produce simple tasting notes using the Level 1 WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • offer basic food and wine matching advice

WSET Level 1 Specifications (2021 - JUNE) - Must be read before enrolling.


You must successfully complete a multiple-choice exam of 30 questions.  All students who pass will be issued an internationally-recognized WSET certificate and a lapel pin.

The exam will take place near the end of Sunday’s session.  If you are not writing the final examination, please let us know when you register.

The course is taught in English. Other languages are available for the course book and exam. If interested, please inquire before you register.


$460 + HST (59.80) = $519.80

Includes: study guide, wines for in-class tasting (8-10 wines), wine glasses, instruction and examination fees (for the class scheduled date).

A $25 discount will be applied to HAFA/HFTM alumni.


Monday, February 7th, 2022 - 4 PM. (ONE SPOT LEFT! - Please complete the registration form)

Please register early.  Send in your application form now to reserve your place and we will contact you for payment details.


Please complete the on-line application form.  Successful certifications will include your first name, middle name and last name.  Only if your last name is to appear first on the certification, please contact Lisa a minimum of two weeks prior to course start.

Please read the COVID-19 GUIDELINES (found below) prior to submitting your application form.

Note that WSET may contact you after registering to confirm your information.


Information regarding payment will be noted in your confirmation email. The University will accept either a VISA or M/C only.

HST Registration Number - R108161829    This course does not qualify for the Canada Revenue Agency T2202A Education Form.  A University of Guelph receipt can be issued if requested.


Participants will need to complete the University of Guelph online Screening Form at your location the morning of the course.  When you arrive, you will present the email (with the green check-mark) that states you can attend the campus. 

You must show your proof of full double vaccination against COVID-19 to access our buildings and managed facilities. We strongly encourage to limit any additional visitors to campus.

See this link for further details on the University of Guelph's COVID information.


There are no restrictions on entry to the WSET Level 1 certification.

Students who are under 19, will not be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverages during in-class tastings, but this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification. Similarly, students who choose not to taste alcohol for health, religious or other reasons will not find this a barrier to successfully completing the qualification.

Level 1 and 2 can be taken simultaneously. Level 1 is not a prerequisite for Level 2.


Once materials have been ordered via WSET three weeks prior to start date - no refund will apply.


Reasonable adjustments and accessible learning materials for special education needs and disabilities.

  • Reasonable adjustments need to be approved by WSET in advance. An application form and supporting documentation must be submitted at least four weeks in advance for the course.

Special consideration or disability/accessibility services - You must contact us 4 weeks prior to course start.

  • Information on appeals and reasonable adjustments must be made within 30 days after the examination.

Enquiries against exam results and exam feedback.

  • If a candidate believes that an error may have been made in the grading of papers, they may apply to have an exam paper reviewed and re-marked. An Enquiry is a request to have an exam re-marked. When lodging an Enquiry, a candidate may also request additional Feedback on their exam paper to assist in their preparation for future exams. It is not possible to request Feedback without an Enquiry. Feedback can only be requested on failed elements. If a candidate wishes to use the Enquiry and Feedback service, they must submit the Enquiry and Feedback Form that can be found on the Global Campus. There is a fee for using this service, which is detailed on the form. We will supply the form to any candidate who requires it. The completed form must be received by WSET within 6 weeks of the exam date. Any request received outside of this timeframe will not be reviewed. 


Lisa Fodor
Logistics Coordinator
School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management, Macdonald Stewart Hall
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120, ext. 56116