WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is an advanced level course for professionals working in the wine industry as well as dedicated wine enthusiasts.  It provides a broad understanding of different wine regions and wine-producing countries and a deeper understanding of grape growing and winemaking and how these factors influence the key characteristics of the principal still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world related to wine style and quality.

This 5-day wine course (35 hours) is held either as 5 consecutive days, 3 weekends or as an evening course over several weeks depending on the actual course


In addition to course days, a minimum of 52 hours of self-study in order to be successful. Following the course, you will have a theory exam consisting of a closed-book 50 question multiple-choice exam and a short written paper (2 hours) and a blind tasting exam of 2 wines (30 mins).  On successful completion you will receive your WSET Level 3 Award in Wine certificate and a lapel pin which will send you on your onward journey ready to join a WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits course.

What you will learn:

  • Principal natural factors in the vineyard involved in the production of still, sparkling and fortified wines and how these factors influence style, quality and price. The vine, weather, growth cycle, climate influencers, site influencers and soil
  • Principal human factors in the vineyard involved in the production of still, sparkling and fortified wines and how these factors influence style, quality and price. Managing the vine, hazards incl. frost, hail, rain, management of pests and diseases, concentration of sugars and management approaches incl. organic and biodynamic
  • Human factors in the winery and how that influences style quality and price. Eg different winemaking methods, adjustments, blending, maturation, clarification and stabilisation, packaging and closures
  • Identify and describe the key characteristics of the principal still wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines of the principal wine producing regions of the world and explain key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery, law and commerce that can influence style, quality and price of these wines.
  • Learn how to provide information and advice to customers, staff and wine enthusiasts about wines including wine recommendations, correct storage and service, identify common faults, key consideration for making food and wine pairing, the social and health issues related to excessive consumption of wine
  • Analytical Tasting of wine: Accurately describe the key characteristics of any principle still wines of the world and use the description to make and assessment of quality and readiness to drink using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT)
  • Taste a minimum of 80 wine samples including Sparkling wines, white wines, red wines, dessert wines and fortified wines

More course information:

Entry Requirements:

Oslo Wine School recommends students take WSET Level 1 and 2 in Wines before attempting this course.  Students on this course must be over 18 years old to participate in any of the tastings. At WSET Level 3 wine tasting skills are assessed in the form of a two wines blind tasting exam.

Reading materials & recommended study time required

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines requires substantially more dedication to self-study than Level 1 and 2. On average, a total of 84 hours study time is required to show the level of achievement necessary to obtain the award of a qualification.  This includes a minimum of 52 hours of self-study, 35 hours of guided classroom tutoring and the examination. Students are strongly recommended to read the accompanying study guide and materials for the WSET Level 3 in Wines qualification prior to your course days in order to gain the maximum benefit from the tutored sessions.

About the WSET Level 3 in Wines Examination

After your course days, you will have a 2-unit exam. The theory exam (2 hours) consists of a 50-question multiple-choice test and a short-answer question paper (4 questions). The practical exam is 30 mins consisting of two blind tasting wines.  Exam questions are based on the published learning outcomes found in the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Specifications here and recommended study materials contain the information to answer the questions.  A minimum of 55% is required to pass both the theory and tasting exams.  The examination results are issued by WSET Awards, the awarding body of the Wines & Spirit Education Trust usually 6 weeks after the examination is completed.  Candidates may apply to re-sit the examination if they are unsuccessful.  Every year WSET Awards issues prizes to students for outstanding academic achievement to support the professional advancement of individuals working or seeking to work within the industry.

Further information about WSET Awards can be found on the official WSET website

Course location:  Uranienborgveien 13, 0351, Oslo, Norway (note: held in the tasting rooms of Beverage Academy)

Course Tutor: Jane Nisbet Huseby / Cathinca Dege

Language: Both the course and examination will be in English.

Included in course:  30 hours of WSET accredited tuition, examination fees, WSET Level 3 Award in Wines course materials, tasting of minimum 80 wine samples throughout the course.

Price: 18,500 NOK (eks MVA)