WSET Award in Wines Level 2

Boost your wine competence with this comprehensive course. Drink In’s 2-day Level 2 WSET Course in Dublin, Ireland is a more advanced and comprehensive course for those wanting to improve their wine knowledge. It’s a beginner-to-intermediate level course that is perfect for wine and hospitality professionals who want to upskill, as well as wine enthusiasts and those new to the world of wine.

If you have already completed the WSET Level 1 course, the Level 2 course will enhance your understanding of wine as well as your tasting skills. But don’t worry, you don’t need Level 1 to take part in Level 2!


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Dive into the wonderful world of wine with the world’s most highly regarded wine curriculum: The WSET!

The WSET curriculum is considered the best and most thorough wine course in the world. After our intensive course you’ll have great knowledge of the most important grape varieties, the regions in which they are grown and the most popular styles of wine.

WSET Level 2


The course runs on selected Weekends from 9:00am – 6:00pm as well as Weekdays from 10am – 3pm.

Please note that this is an intensive course and pre-studying is recommended. We will send out your study pack at time of booking.

Course information
The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is the perfect wine course for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of grapes and styles, as well as those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain enviable knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce.
This qualification has a minimum requirement of 28 hours of study time, including:

  • 16 hours of guided learning (in the classroom or online)
  • 11 hours of personal study and revision
  • A one-hour examination

The course covers

How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio/Gris
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah/Shiraz

The style and quality of wines:

  • Made from 22 regionally important grape varieties (e.g. Nebbiolo, Malbec and Viognier)
  • Produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world

How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:

  • Sparkling wines
  • Fortified wines
  • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
  • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
  • Principles of food and wine pairing

On successful completion you will be a more confident wine taster, able to describe and compare the styles of wines produced from internationally and regionally important grape varieties. You’ll know how to interpret wine labels from the main wine producing regions of the world, and how to store, serve, taste and pair wines to get the best out of every glass.

Cost €499

3 Benefits

Gain real understanding of the worlds most important wines
Learn to taste wine like a professional and deepen your ability to recognise flavour
Get an internationally renowned wine and spirits certification

What you’ll learn

The Principal Grape Varieties

The world is full of hundreds of different grape varieties, but only some can be used for wine, and some are more common than others. You’ll learn about the principal grape varieties that are considered the most prolific and discover their unique characteristics, flavours and wines that they can become.

How Different Factors Affect Style and Quality

Not all wines are created equally! Together we’ll explore the key styles and differences between wines made from 8 of the principal grape varieties:

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio/Gris
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah/Shiraz

We’ll also learn how different factors like environment, grape growing methods and maturation can affect the final product in terms of style and quality in wine produced around the world.

The Difference Between Styles Of Still, Sparkling & Fortified Wines

It’s important to understand that wine comes in a multitude of different forms, beyond the complex differences in still wines! You’ll discover the key processes and characteristics of not only still, but also sparkling and fortified wines, diving into what makes them unique and the great variety of styles within each category.

The Most Important Wine Regions & Geographical Indications

The world of wine is characterised by vast regional differences, with unique climates and environments massively affecting the wine they produce. You’ll explore over 70 different regions with geographical indications, with insights into their unique ecosystems, wine-making techniques and products.

How To Read A Label

Knowing what’s going on in a bottle of wine can be tricky sometimes. With the wealth of different labelling systems and wine names, it’s important to be able to read and understand a label, whether it’s a simple table wine to a high end french regional wine. By the end of the course you’ll be able to see through the label into the liquid beneath and know what you’re getting with even the most complex of labels.

How To Taste Wine Like A Professional

Tasting wine is a fine art that requires lots of training. This wine course gives you the basic tools and practise you need to begin understanding the complex flavours in wine and training your palate to be able to recognise them.

The Principles of Wine & Food Pairing

Two things that have always gone hand in hand are wine and food. Pairing them perfectly requires a good knowledge of how different flavours work together. You’ll discover how each of the main flavour types interact with each other and which flavours tend to work best with others. By understanding that framework you’ll be able to apply it to wines and find the perfect match for the food you’re tasting with it.

How to Properly Store & Serve Wine

The storage and service of wine is essential to great wine experiences. If you’re starting your journey on the road to sommelier or simply want to maintain and express the best quality of the wines you love, this aspect of the course will help you do just that. We’ll go over all the best practices for storing your wines in the correct way, as well as all the tips and tricks for serving the liquid we love perfectly every time.

Our Story

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The Drink In Academy was set up in 2012 to give young and aspiring bartenders the training they need to step behind any bar in the world with confidence. Since then we trained and brought thousands of students to become masters of their craft and brought knowledge to thousands of lovers of beverage.

We look forward to continuing the journey with thousands of students to come to Dublin Bar Academy. We look forward to welcoming you to our family and the journey of flavour.

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