Wine & Spirit Education Trust

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Wine & Spirit Education Trust
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Ian Harris
Chairman of Trustees
Nick Hyde

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, often referred to as WSET, is a global organisation which arranges courses and exams in the field of wine and spirits. WSET was founded in 1969,[1] is headquartered in London[2] and is generally regarded as one of the world's leading providers of wine education.[3][4] In 2016, it opened its first international office, WSET Asia Pacific, in Hong Kong in response to high demand for wine and spirit education across Greater China.[5]

History and management[edit]

WSET grew out of the Wine & Spirit Association’s Education Committee and was set up with the financial assistance of the Vintners’ Company. The management of the WSET reports to a Board of Trustees made up of 8 members; three from The Vintners’ Company, three from the Wine & Spirit Association, one from the Worshipful Company of Distillers and another one from the Institute of Masters of Wine.[6]


Award certification letter and pin for completion of the Level 3 program in Wine & Spirits.

The courses given by WSET were originally intended for people in the wine & spirit trade. The WSET programmes have increasingly been attended also by non-professional connoisseurs.[7] The WSET offers professional certification in more than 70 countries worldwide, the courses are delivered by APPs (Approved Programme Providers).

WSET Awards in Wines[edit]

  • Level 1 Award in Wines
  • Level 2 Award in Wines
  • Level 3 Award in Wines
  • Level 4 Diploma in Wines

In the last 50 years, there have been over 10,000 WSET Level 4 Diploma graduates. Those who successfully complete the Diploma are able to use the post-nominal “DipWSET” after their name.[8][9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable DipWSETs include:[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ray, Johnathan, The Daily Telegraph (August 29, 2008). "The top wine-tasting courses". Archived from the original on September 1, 2008.
  2. ^ "About Us". Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Retrieved February 4, 2008.
  3. ^ J. Robinson (ed), The Oxford Companion to Wine, Third Edition, p. 769, Oxford University Press 2006, ISBN 0-19-860990-6
  4. ^ "EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WSET'S NEW QUALIFICATIONS". DrinkBusiness. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "WSET Opens First International Office in Hong Kong". Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  6. ^ "Our Story". Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "From novice to nerd: how to know your wines". The Guardian. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  8. ^ "Diploma Graduates". WSET Awards & Graduation. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  9. ^ "The WSET Diploma: Is It Right For You?". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  10. ^ "Notable Alumni". Retrieved 2021-09-16.

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