Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Courses

We believe our approach to wine education is unique.  We are a wine business not a wine school, we work with wine everyday and this is reflected in the style and culture of our courses and the people who run them.  Courses are held in our tasting room as opposed to a formal class room.  We offer discussion and interaction rather than a lecture style programme.    Students have the opportunity to interact with our wine buyers, wine advisors and regular customers throughout their course.

"Mel was a fantastic tutor and the way the course was conducted was a really great learning environment, fun yet focused" (WSET Student)

WSET courses are run at The Wine Parlour, Brixton. We offer a range of course formats including weekends and evenings. Please note we are currently not running WSET Level 3. 

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is the leading international body in the field of wines and spirits education. Their courses provide internationally recognised qualifications which are suitable for wine industry professionals as well as enthusiasts who want to develop their knowledge.  As a WSET Approved Programme Provider, The Wine Parlour has been certified to offer their qualifications.  Courses are led by one of our WSET qualified tutors.

The Wine Parlour began running WSET courses in London in the summer of 2015.  An on-line classroom for Level 2 courses provides students with the opportunity to download course handouts and find links to relevant material on-line.  Students can also use the Tasting Room and our Wine Library for informal study and tasting sessions without cost.

Read more about our WSET Course Tutor, Melanie Reeve by clicking here.  

If you have a question about one of our courses or require more information, please fill in our enquiry form by clicking here.

You can also book any of our courses by popping into The Wine Parlour or by telephone on 0203 302 1617.


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Is a WSET Course Right For Me?

The WSET wine training courses in London offered by The Wine Parlour are designed for people who have a  base level interest in wine and would like to expand their knowledge and further develop their skills in wine tasting techniques and explore new regions and grape varieties.

We often find that new students tend to be familiar with one or two particular grapes which they really enjoy and often enjoy wines from one or two particular countries.  They are open to trying out new wines with different grapes and origins but have never really managed to find the confidence or time to do so.

Regardless of whether you opt for a level 1 or 2 course, at the end of the course some of the things you’ll be able to accomplish

  • A history of wine – how it is made, how different countries have come to produce the types of wines that they have now become known for, how weather, climate and the natural resources of a country play a part in the wine production process

  • How history has shaped the wine industry and production process

  • Understand the characteristics behind the types of wines you like and how to find new brands and countries that you’re likely to enjoy

  • Understanding wine labels

  • Evaluating wines based on their country of origin and label and not just price

And, that’s not all.

The Wine Parlour’s London based wine training courses are a great way to meet like minded people whether its to network or expand your social circle. It's not uncommon for us to find our students to keep in touch with other participants even after completion of the course.

Finally, since 2015, wine has officially overtaken beer as UK’s favourite drink according to a survey carried out by YouGov which means whether you’re entertaining at home or at a social gathering elsewhere, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have many opportunities to wow your friends with your impressive knowledge of everything wine.