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WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits 2019-2020

The Diploma Course is WSET®´s flagship qualification and globally the most recognized professional qualification in the international wine trade. It is a demanding course and recommended by the Institute of Masters of Wine for proceeding to the MW study programme. The Diploma Course is offered in practically the whole of Western Europe, as well as in the United States, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The quality of the WineWise Diploma Course meets high standards. The lecturers, mostly Masters of Wine, are chosen for their expertise on the different subjects. WineWise offers guidance in study planning. And also the wine selection is of the highest quality level in Europe.
The emphasis is on the professional approach of wine. All the mayor wines, regions and countries are covered extensively. Tasting technique (using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®) and hence blind tasting are a fixed part of the course.
WineWise offers the WSET® Diploma Course in the Benelux, meaning that students come from Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and neighboring countries.
Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the post-nominal DipWSET and associated WSET certified logo.

For whom?
– This qualification is suitable for the dedicated wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge
gained at Level 3 and acquire further expertise in wine tasting.
– Wine connoisseurs wanting to develop personally and/or professionally in the wine industry and aiming for Weinakademiker or Master of Wine studies. 

What you´ll learn
D1: Wine production
– Viticulture
– Vinification
– Maturation, treatments, and packaging
D2: The global wine business 
– Production and consumption worldwide
– The local market
– The marketing of wines
D3: Wines of the world
– Northern and Western Europe
– Central and South-Eastern Europe
– Southern Europe
– America
– Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia
D4: Sparkling wines
– Methods of production
– Types and styles of sparkling wines
D5: Fortified wines
– Methods of production
– Types and styles of fortified wines
D6: Independent Research Assignment
– Topics could include: a specific type or style of wine in a global context, one or more specified countries, regions or varieties, or a contemporary issue in the wine world.
Generic:
– How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality using the WSET® Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT).

Course delivery 
All students start with PART A. The online Diploma Course with WineWise consists of 1 obligatory intro and tasting course in Meerle (Belgium) on the 23rd of September. D1 and D2 will be online tuition. After PART A, students can choose when they start for the other units D3, D4 and D5.
The structure of the course is modular, so can spread out over a longer period of time.

Course locations
* The intro and tasting course will be offered at Den Rooy in Meerle (on the border between Belgium and the Netherlands).

Exam locations
All exams will be offered at www.denrooy.com in Meerle (at the border between NL and BE).

Course layout
In the Benelux Diploma Course is offered in separate modules.
– PART A (D1, D2, D6)) has to be followed first.
– D3, D4 and D5 can be done directly after or a year later.

Language 
Both the lectures and the exams of this course are in English.

Exams 
D1: Wine production
– 1½ hour closed-book examination made up of open-response questions
D2: The global wine business 
– 1 hour closed-book examination made up of open-response questions
D3: Wines of the world
A theory and tasting examination to be held over two consecutive days:
– Day one – A two-part theory exam formed of open-response questions to be completed in 3 hours 20 minutes (one 2-hour paper and one 80-minute paper).
– Day two – A two-part blind tasting examination of 12 wines to be completed in 3 hours (two papers of 1½ hours)
D4: Sparkling wines
– 1½ hour closed-book examination made up of open-response questions and a blind tasting of three sparkling wines
D5: Fortified wines
– 1½ hour closed-book examination made up of open-response questions and a blind tasting of three fortified wines
D6: Independent Research Assignment
– One research assignment of 3,000 words

Entry requirements
– You will be required to hold the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines certificate.
– A short Level 3 program, or on-line tuition, is available for Vinologen, Sommelier (Conseil) or Wereldwijnmeesters. Please contact us for more information info@winewise.be
– Minimum age of 18.

Costs
Modular registration.
– PART A (D1, D2 and D6): € 2.150 (+21% VAT if applicable)
– D3 online: € 1.375 (+21% VAT if applicable)
– D4 online: € 390 (+21% VAT if applicable)
– D5 online: € 390 (+21% VAT if applicable)

The Diploma course is subject to VAT (21%). For foreign students there is an intra-community exemption from VAT if the student enrolls via the company (pursuant to Article 21 § 2 Tax Code).
Private students also pay 21% VAT.

Included:
– PART A:
• 3-year WSET Diploma registration and course materials (WSET Level 4 digital study
materials)
• Intro and wine tasting classes in Meerle (Den Rooy) – 1 day
• Online classes for D1 (Viti/Vini)
• Classes in Meerle (Den Rooy) for D2 (Wine Business) OR D2 online.
• Independent research assignment (D6)
– D3, D4 and D5: Online tuition. Wine samples are not included in this price.
– Set of 6 tasting glasses and a spittoon
– A non-recurring examination fee. Students are responsible to change fixed exam registrations BEFORE the registration deadlines.
ATTENTION: In case the candidate doesn’t show up for an exam he/she is registered for, the examination fee will expire

Not included:
– hotel and/or dinner, if wanted, during the D1, D2, D4 and D5 classes and exams in Meerle
– books on the recommended reading list
– transfer from Station Noorderkempen to Den Rooy in Meerle upon demand
– optional study trips

Further education
The WSET® Level 4 Award is required to become Weinakademiker and is recommended by the Institute of Masters of Wine for proceeding to the MW study programme.