About the Course

Who It’s For:

The WSET® Level 4 Courses in Wines are a program of study for wine professionals and consumers who are serious about pursuing a high-level, internationally recognized wine credential. This program is one of the most demanding and challenging courses of wine study offered in the world, and fulfills one of the prerequisites for entry into the Master of Wine program.

What You’ll Learn:

The courses are designed to build specialist knowledge of the principal wines of the world and the commercial factors relating to them, as well as a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wine. Testing includes a combination of open response written exams and blind tasting exams.

Class Format:

Most classes meet weekly in the evening from 6pm until 8:30pm. A few classes are offered as two-day sessions on Saturdays or a Friday-Saturday combination. Please check individual class schedules for further details.

Students should be fully aware of the many hours of individual study that are required to succeed in this program. WSET® recommends that in addition to class time, students will typically need 372 hours of independent study to attain the standard necessary to complete all Units of the WSET® Level 4. During the Covid-19 pandemic, some classes will take place via interactive zoom webinars.

Program Outline:

WSET® Level 4 students must enter the program by first studying Wine Production, D1.

The WSET® Level 4 Courses in Wines consist of six units (D1 through D6):

More Information:

Also, please do not hesitate to contact International Wine Center staff via email or phone (212-239-3055) with questions.

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What You'll Achieve

On successful completion of all six units (D1 through D6) you will achieve the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines, a highly recognized global credential within the wine industry.

The program will aid those who are required to make managerial decisions, interpret information and have a thorough understanding of market trends and requirements in a variety of wine trade positions and wine industry sectors.


Registration Requirements

  • At least 21 years of age AND
  • A passing grade in the WSET® Level 3 Advanced Course in Wines & Spirits or WSET® Level 3 Advanced Course in Wines

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