WSET stands for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, a global wine education and examination body based in London. The WSET Level 3 course (formerly called the advanced certificate) is one of the most globally-recognized achievements in the wine industry. Offered by Grape Experience, the most experienced provider of WSET certifications on the West Coast, the Level 3 Certificate is geared towards wine professionals or people interested in entering the wine industry, especially those looking for increased responsibility, leadership, and decision-making. Wine enthusiasts with a serious commitment and passion will also enjoy this course, as it is interactive and customized to individual class dynamics and interests.
In this newly-revised program, we’ll embark on an in-depth examination—and systematic tasting program—of every major world wine region, including France, Italy, Spain, and other regions in Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. For each region we examine the soil, climate, viticulture and winemaking factors that impact wine style, quality, and price. We’ll also cover additional types of wine, including fortified and sparkling wines. Systematic wine tasting is a part of every session, with more than 90 wines tasted in the course.
The Level 3 course includes a complete study pack with an exclusive textbook and study workbook.
Led by Adam Chase, DWS, Grape Experience is the most experienced WSET provider on the west coast and has been honored with the prestigious Wine Educator of the Year Award from the WSET in 2012 and two subsequent nominations in 2017 and 2018.
2024 Session Dates & Times
Session 1 - In-Person Only
Class: Saturdays, Feb 10th - Mar 16th, 10:00a - 3:30p*
Class: Saturday, Mar 23rd, 9:00a - 5:00p*
Exam: Saturday, Apr 6th, 9:00a-12:00p
*Includes a 1 hour lunch break. See dining options near us.
Register by February 1, 2024
Apply for scholarship by Dec 31st
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, or WSET, was founded in London in 1969 and is regarded as one of the world's leading providers of wine education. WSET Level 3 is a great way for anyone who works in wine, wants a career in the wine industry or has a serious interest in the subject to deepen their knowledge.
The exam for Level 3 is in two parts: A 30 minute blind wine tasting and then a 1 hour and 45 minute theory exam with multiple-choice and short answer questions. Students who successfully pass a final examination, including the written and tasting portions, are entitled to the title “WSET Level 3 Certified” and to use the WSET logo on their professional materials.
Are you in need of financial assistance to pay for this program? The Glancy Wine Education Foundation assists those looking to start or advance their career in wine or hospitality with educational scholarships of 60-100% depending on your level of need. Internship opportunites are also available through San Francisco Wine School. Learn More & Apply