WSET Wine & Spirits Training – Level 2 Award



A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts.

For individuals seeking a core understanding of wines, this qualification explores the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown. You’ll learn about the styles of wines produced from these grapes as well as key classifications and labelling terminology. A basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs will also be provided. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

Location: GMIT Mayo Campus, Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Dates: Monday 29th January, Monday 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th February, Monday 5th, 12th & 19th March 2018. The closed book exam will take place on Monday 26th March 2018.

Times: 6.30pm to 8.30pm on each of the above dates

Cost: €385 RAI Member    €495 Non Member

Course Content:

  • How wine is made
  • What factors influence wine style
  • The key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics
  • The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown
  • The production of sparkling, sweet, and fortified wines
  • Label terminology
  • Food and wine pairing principles
  • The principal categories of spirits and liqueurs, and how they are made
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Assessment: Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions.

Entry Requirements: There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course to participate in any alcohol tasting. However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification. Requirements may vary by course provider.