What is WSET Level 4 - Diploma

A course that builds expertise theoretically and practically through comprehensive study of a large number of wine regions and tasting a large number of wines. The course deepens your understanding of how and why wine production and business factors influence the style, quality and price of wines.

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold either the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines or the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits to enroll on the WSET Level 4 Diploma.
No other course or education qualifies for admission.

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.

Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 500 hours of study time:

  • Minimum 116 hours of delivery time
  • Minimum 370 hours of personal study and revision, including preparing an independent research assignment (D6)
  • Examinations for each unit (excluding D6) totalling 11 hours 50 minutes

It normally takes between 12 months and 3 years to complete WSET Level 4. Each unit is weighted differently in terms of hours of study required, the list below shows the minimum guided learning time, private study time and the weighting applied against each unit.

The six units of Diploma
  • D1 Wine production
    20% weighting - classroom 16 hours - self study 80 hours
  • D2 Wine business
    10% weighting - classroom 8 hours - self study 40 hours
  • D3 Wines of the World
    50% weighting - classroom 70 hours - self study 170 hours
  • D4 Sparkling Wines
    5% weighting - classroom 8 hours - self study 16 hours
  • D5 Fortified Wines
    5% weighting - classroom 12 hours - self study 16 hours
  • D6 Indipendant Research Assignment
    10% weighting - classroom 2 hours - self study 48 hours

Successful graduates acquire exceptional analytical skills and proficiency in evaluative wine tasting, gaining global recognition as authoritative wine specialists. Should a student wish to progress to the Master of Wine programme, he/she will be well-prepared.

Course dates Diploma 2021/2022

22 March 2021, 09.00 -17.00 - Welcome, general info and introduction to viticulture and vinification and business of wine exams w/Heidi Iren Hansen MW

Day 2 and 3
27 April 2021 - D1 – Tasting technique and viticulture w/Heidi Iren Hansen MW
28 April 2021 - D1 - Viticulture continues and vinification w/Heidi Iren Hansen MW

Day 4 and 5
10 May 2021- D2 - Business of Wine w/Heidi Iren Hansen MW
11 May 2021 -D2 and D6 - Business of Wine and research paper w/Heidi Iren Hansen MW

Day 6 and 7
9 June 2021 (From 08.00 – 16.00) - D4 - Sparkling wine w/ Heidi Iren Hansen MW
10 June 2021 - D5 - Fortified wine w/Heidi Iren Hansen MW

Day 8 and 9
16 August 2021 D3 - Burgundy, Beaujolais, Jura and South West w/ Alexander Hojem
17 August 2021 D3 - Bordeaux and South of France w/Alexander Hojem

Day 10 and 11
6 September 2021 – D3 - Rhône, Alsace and Loire and w/Alexander Hojem
7 September 2021 – Exam technique D4 and D5 w/Tone Veseth Furuholmen

Day 12 and 13
28 October 2021 – D3 - Italy w/Alexander Hojem
29 October 2021 – D3 - Italy w/ Tone Veseth Furuholmen

Day 14 and 15
15 November 2021 - D3 - Italy, Greece and Tokaj w/ Tone Veseth Furuholmen
16 November 2021 - D3 - Spain and Portugal w/ Tone Veseth Furuholmen

Day 16 and 17
24 January 2022 - D3 - Germany and Austria w/ Caro Maurer MW
25 January 2022 - D3 - South Africa, South America and China w/ Sebastian Bredal MW

Day 18 and 19
7 February 2022 - D3 - North America w/Heidi Iren Hansen MW
8 February 2022 - D3 - Australia and New Zealand w/Heidi Iren Hansen MW

Day 20

7 March 2022 – D3 exam technique w/Heidi Iren Hansen MW

From 9.00 am – 5.00 pm every day
Implemented subject to sufficient registration.

Diploma 2022/2023

Diploma 2022/2023 is scheduled to start in August 2022.

Dates to be confirmed.

What you'll learn

The Diploma is delivered in six mandatory units covering a broad range of topics including wine production, wine business, and still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world.

D1 – Wine production

  • Vine requirements
  • Anatomy of the vine and grape
  • Grape growing options and how these options affect grape yields, quality and the final wine produced
  • Natural factors in the vineyard and how they influence the vine’s ability to produce grapes for wines of different styles, quality levels and price
  • Winemaking and post-fermentation options and how they influence the style, quality and price of wines

D2 – Wine business

  • The types of businesses engaged in wine production and the options for getting wine to the point of sale
  • Factors that contribute to the price of wine
  • Key considerations in wine marketing

D3 – Wines of the world | D4 – Sparkling wines | D5 – Fortified wines

In each of these Units you will learn:

  • How grape-growing, winemaking, maturation, wine law and wine business influence the style, quality and price of the wine
  • How to taste and evaluate wines using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)

D6 – Independent research assignment

  • How to research a specified wine-related subject

Reserve a place

Exam dates

Exam dates 2019 - 2022

Course fee

Total NOK 71.500,- including course days, all wines tasted during the course, access to online study material, obligatory exam fees, coffee- and lunch brakes. All prices are subject to change without prior notice due to currency fluctuation.

The study fee will be split on two invoices, one due before course start and one by the end of 2021.

Cancellations of confirmed places are accepted up to 30 working days prior to the start of the course. However an administration fee of NOK 1500,- plus the full cost of the student registration (approximately NOK 2500) will be invoiced.

Cancellations of confirmed places later than 14 working days prior to the start of the course is not accepted and the full study fee will be invoiced.


Students that enroll in 2021 will be registered to sit exams according to the scheme found under "Exam dates", unless otherwise agreed. Students can choose not to sit on the scheduled date, or to sit exams in other cities of the world on the dates set by the WSET.

If a student withdraw from an exam after the deadline he/she have used one examination attempt. If the student has been registered for the same exam previously, the full exam fee will be invoiced. All registrations/withdrawals from exams must be done via email to the study contact.

Students must pass five examinations and one assignment to pass the study. From the start of the program, students are registered for three years. As so, students have three years to complete the entire study program before a new student fee will be invoice (Approximately NOK 2500,-)

  • Heidi Iren Hansen MW
  • Mai Tjemsland MW
  • Caro Maurer MW
  • Sebastian Bredal MW
  • Tone Veseth Furuholmen
  • Alexander Hojem
  • Professor Monika Christmann

All course days will be thought in English

WSET Global

For more information about WSET, visit their web-page

Have any questions?

Get in touch with our study contact Heidi Iren Hansen

Email: hih@kulinariskakademi.no

Telephone: 23 23 15 80