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WSET Level 4 in Wines

EN_Wines, Level 4 Diploma

Building on the knowledge and skills gained from the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, the Diploma deepens your understanding of how and why wine production and business factors influence the style, quality, and price of wines. Your expertise is built both theoretically, through comprehensive study of a large number of wine regions, and practically, by developing your wine tasting skills to an expert level. Successful graduates acquire exceptional analytical skills and proficiency in evaluative wine tasting, gaining global recognition as authoritative wine specialists. 

The course is suitable for people within the industry, either working in, or wishing to progress into management roles and for the serious wine enthusiast, wishing to build on knowledge and acquire expertise in wine tasting. The WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines is viewed universally as the stepping-stone to the Master of Wine qualification.

The Diploma is divided into six mandatory Units. The two Foundation Units must be studied at the beginning of the Diploma programme because they provide the core knowledge and understanding required for success in subsequent units.  Diploma students are required to sit the D1 exam before progressing to the rest of the course. 

All units are presented by industry experts, including Masters of Wine and Diploma Graduates, who have advanced knowledge of international wines.

What you will learn:

  • D1 – Wine production (Foundation unit) - Compulsory in the 1st year of study
  • D2 – Wine business (Foundation unit) - Compulsory in the 1st year of study
  • D3 - Wines of the world
  • D4 – Sparkling wines
  • D5 – Fortified wines
  • D6 – Independent research assignment

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the WSET Level 4 Diploma specifications document under 'More Info'.

Participants will be expected to spread their study over two consecutive years; participants will need to take on substantial amounts of self-study in addition to the in-class hours. 

A draft timetable is available on request please email the Academy on sydneywineacademy@tafensw.edu.au

Entry Requirements
Participants must be 18 years old or older. 

Candidates must hold either the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines or the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits. A copy of your certificate must be emailed on enrolment to sydneywineacademy@tafensw.edu.au

Candidates whose first language is not English are strongly recommended to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or be able to demonstrate an equivalent ability level.

It is a requirement that the WSET specification document is read before you pay. You can find this document under 'More info'.

All Visa holders are required to forward all current visa documents to sydneywineacademy@tafensw.edu.au

Additional Visa information can be found the FAQ tab here: https://www.sydneywineacademy.edu.au/faq

Payment Options
The Sydney Wine Academy accepts payment in full or by instalments. 

 To pay via instalments please click here

Choose your date and location

5 places left


Monday, 30 January 2023


9am - 5pm



Attendance dates

30 January 2023 - 31 January 2025


2 years


TAFE NSW, Ryde 250 Blaxland Road Ryde