WSET Level 2 Award in Wines CLASSROOM


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The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award in Wines will be focusing on grape varieties, climatic and winemaking influences, and how these impact the style and quality of wines from key regions.


  • Monday's, January 23rd - March 27th, 2023
  • No class on Family Day
  • EXAM DATE: Monday, March 27th, 2023 (You must be present on this day)

    This qualification is 9 weeks in length (including exam) and has a minimum requirement of 28 hours of study time (including delivery and personal study and revision).

    A minimum of 15 participants required. ONE SPOT REMAINING.


7:00 - 9:30 PM Monday evenings                                   


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

Who should attend

  • People employed in the drinks and hospitality industries with little previous knowledge of alcoholic beverages.
  • Wine enthusiasts who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of wine and want to obtain an internationally recognized wine qualification.

Qualification overview

Students will learn:

  • How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties: Chardonnay; Pinot Grigio/Gris; Sauvignon Blanc; Riesling; Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Pinot Noir; Syrah/Shiraz
  • The style and quality of wines:
    • made from 22 regionally important grape varieties
    • produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world
  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:
    • Sparkling wines
    • Fortified wines
  • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
  • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
  • Principles of food and wine pairing

Upon completion of the qualification, students will understand why the key wines of the world look, smell and taste as they do.  When encountering a new wine for the first time, students will be able to apply the knowledge gained to make a reasonable judgement of the expected style and quality.

WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wines

WSET Level 2 Specification Guide - Must be read before enrolling.

How to gain the qualification

You must successfully complete a multiple choice exam of 50 questions. The exam will take place the last day of classes.  All students who pass will be issued an internationally-recognized WSET certificate and a lapel pin.

Please ensure that you are available on the scheduled exam day.

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


$950 + HST ($123.50) = $1,073.50

Includes: choice of a textbook or ebook (decision must be made upon registration), wines for in-class tasting, wine mat, instruction and examination fees (for the class scheduled exam date).

You will be provided with all material and ISO wine glasses on the first class day.

A $50 discount will apply to U of G students.

Registration deadline

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 NOON (For January 23rd, 2023 class)

Please send in your application form now to reserve your place.  We will not process payment until we confirm the course has met a mimimum of 15 participants. 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.

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.

Payment information

Payment is due upon submitting your application form.  Please follow one of these options:

  1. Contact Lisa Fodor at 519-824-4120, ext. 56116 with credit card details (VISA or M/C only); OR
  2. Forward a cheque payable to the "University of Guelph" and mail to: Lisa Fodor, HFTM, Macdonald Stewart  Hall, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

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.


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

Any restrictions? Under 19?

Participants must be 19 years of age by the start date of the course.

Level 1 is not a prerequisite for Level 2.


Once materials have been ordered via WSET four 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 & Tourism Management
Macdonald Stewart Hall
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120, ext. 56116

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