Nine things you should know before studying WSET Level 3

The course in brief

At Level 3, you are expected to develop a strong ability to describe wine accurately, and account in detail for the style, quality and price of wines.

The material covers the following:

  • The key factors in the production of wine, including location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling.
  • The key characteristics of the principal still, sparkling, and fortified wines of the world. Chapters include (not in order):
    • All the key areas of France. Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Loire etc all have their own chapters
    • Germany and Austria
    • Hungary
    • Northern, Central and Southern Italy
    • Spain
    • Greece
    • The USA and Canada
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • Portugal
  • How to make appropriate wine recommendations
  • How to make a tasting note to Level 3 standard, including tutored tastings of 82 wines

It’s important to remember your tasting sheet is going to be a lot bigger this time, and you will need to memorise it fairly quickly.

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