WSET Wine Courses Vs Other Wine Certifications: 

Which is Right for You?

There are numerous wine courses available for professionals and wine enthusiasts today, but how do you know which one is right for you? When you have to choose between WSET wine courses and other wine certifications, the most important thing to keep in mind is - how are you benefitting from them?

The demand for qualified wine professionals is on the rise in the retail and hospitality sector as wine culture is becoming increasingly popular in India. Many consumers too are doing professional certifications to increase their wine knowledge out of interest and passion for the subject. Here’s how to choose the right course:

WSET Wine Courses: How you benefit

Wine & Spirits Education Trust is an educational body with global recognition, due to which a WSET certification will have the same relevance in any country you work, irrespective of where you completed it. WSET provides educational courses for every level- beginner, intermediate and expert.

WSET works closely with a network of over 800 third-party course providers in over 70 countries, known as Approved Programme Providers to bring classroom and online learning opportunities for students. You can select any course provider based on proximity, facilities, and convenience.

Also Read: A Guide to Taking an Online Wine Course

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines: This is a great course for beginners in the wine industry and budding wine enthusiasts who have limited wine knowledge. It helps professionals perform well in their existing roles and enables enthusiasts to develop basic wine communication and tasting skills.

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines: If you have basic wine knowledge but want to build further on it, then this is the course you should go for. This accreditation will help enable you to pursue a bigger role at your existing employment.

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines: This advanced-level course is for those who are aspiring to work in roles that demand profound wine knowledge, such as wine experts, sommeliers etc. A Level 3 accreditation is also your gateway to expert courses like the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine, Master of Wine, and Certified Sommelier.


Other Wine Certifications That You Can Consider

Certified Wine Pro: This online course is the perfect first step if you are new to the wine world. This exciting beginner course will give you a taste of wine education and will motivate you to pursue the subject in the long term.

Advanced Wine Pro: If you have beginner-level wine knowledge and are thinking of pursuing an advanced-level course, then Advance Wine Pro is great for this transition. This comprehensive online wine certification will heighten your wine knowledge and build a strong level of confidence for growth in the industry.

Wine Service Professional: This specialised online certification designed for wine industry professionals and aspiring sommeliers on vocational competencies needed on the floor to sell and serve wine with confidence.

Capstone California Wine Program: Looking for opportunities in the California wine industry? Do you want to be the in-house expert in Californian wines at your current workplace? We’ve got just the course for you. Sonal Holland Wine Academy has partnered with California Wine Institute to bring their Capstone California Certification Program to India for the very first time. This up-to-date information resource on California wine with contributions from many of the state’s 4,200 wineries along with an outside team of top industry professionals, educators, and authors is for consumers and professionals interested in a more structured learning experience.

Also Read: From Novice To Expert: How To Enter The Wine Industry

Introduction to Barossa: This specialised course is a result of an invaluable collaboration between Barossa Wine School with Sonal Holland Wine Academy, which uncorks the secrets of South Australia’s most revered wine region, Barossa. It will guide you through the rich history, winemaking traditions and diverse flavours of Barossa’s finest wines, taught by Sonal C Holland, Master of Wine. The course is highly beneficial for professionals who want to pursue work opportunities in Australia or as consultants in the Indian market who specialise in Barossa wines.

There’s a course for every wine professional and enthusiast at Sonal Holland Wine Academy. Write to us at [email protected] and our executives will promptly reach out to you. They will also help you figure out your wine education journey so that you can plan your future and strive for a successful career.