WSET Diploma revision notes🍇🍷🎓📘📝Saturday February 15th, 2020
In 2019 I completed my WSET Diploma. I thought it might be a good idea to share my revision notes with you…
But be careful as since then, the program has changed. Most of my notes are still accurate, but some countries are not in the syllabus anymore and some new ones have been added, and the exam questions completely the same. Example: China, brand new in the prgram! Xie Xie 😉
Nov 5th, 2021 update: After several requests, I have put my documents in editable format. Use and share 🙂
- 2017-2018 Examiners’ Report
- Systematic Approach to Tasting Excel format
- Syllabus (August 2017)
- My WSET Diploma reading list
Unit 1 – The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages
Unit 2 – Wine production
- Reading notes “Viticulture – Nick Skelton”
- Reading Notes “Understanding Wine Technology – David Bird”
Units 4, 5 & 6 – Spirits, Sparklings and Fortified
- Past papers
- Sparklings: Production & tasting profiles synthetic table
- Sparklings: Production methods
- Sparklings: France
- Sparklings: Germany (Sekt)
- Sparklings: Spain (Cava)
- Sparklings: Italy
- Sparklings: New World
- Spirits: Production & tasting profiles synthetic tables
Unit 3 – Light wines of the World
- 10 top tips to prepare for the exam
- Past 15 years papers – Excel Sheet – Tasting & Theory
- Essay: Examples & Advice
- Tasting tips and advice to write your tasting notes the day of the exam
- Statistics per country synthetic table
- Grape varieties Excel Sheet (Characteristics, Tasting profiles…)
- Countries Excel Sheet (Statistics, regions, grapes…)
- Main producers Excel Sheet
- Blank training maps
- Hand drawn maps (by me ! 😄)
- Common wine aromas and in which wines they can be found
- Video playlists per country
- FRANCE Bordeaux
- FRANCE South-West
- FRANCE Burgundy
- FRANCE Beaujolais
- FRANCE Loire
- FRANCE Rhône
- FRANCE Languedoc & Roussillon
- FRANCE Provence
- FRANCE Corsica
- FRANCE Alsace
- NEW ZEALAND
- SOUTH AFRICA
- ENGLAND & WALES
the material is awesome, big thanks, keep it going!
Thank you Gipsy. Just sad that the program is now changing… However the great classics such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, etc. remain the same. Anyway good luck with your revisions. I just completed my diploma this month, what a relief after 2 years of demanding revisions!
Dear Marion, many thanks for such great and helpful study and revision materials! Due to the fact that some data are additional or need some change since last summer new WSET Diploma study materials, is it possible to have at least the Unit 3 materials in an editable format (word for example)? Many thanks!
Hi Teodor. Yes of course and thank you for your lovely message. Please drop me an email in the Form below and I will send you this https://www.marionbarral.com/blog/about/
Un grand merci d’avoir partagé tes excellentes notes de révision. Un travail titatesque ! bravo,
Bien à toi,
Mille mercis pour partager tes notes qui sont plus que complètes!
Un très bon support de révision.
Bonne continuation à toi.
Incredible work Marion ! Many thanks. Patrice
Thank you so much Patrice for your lovely message. I wish you all the best of luck with your Diploma 😉
excellet information thanks alot , if you have some ideas about Quality assessment ( Tasting) I will appreciate I am currently studing Level 4 D3 thanks again
Thank you Isaac. Regarding quality assessment, I think the most important is to “translate” what you found through tasting (e.g. tertiary aromas) into winemaking, ageing, etc. And viticulture if you can (though more difficult). All the best of luck with D3;-))
Hello Marion, thank you so much for sharing all this valuable information. Can you also share with us what course materials are being used? Like for instance the book Vines & Vinification by Sally Easton MW ? I like to buy those books before I register for the course to better prepare and determine whether I will be capable.
Hello Vincent. Thank you very much for your kind message. I used the following books:
The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson MW
The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson MW
Viticulture: An Introduction to Commercial Grape Growing for Wine Production by Stephen Skelton MW
Understanding Wine Technology by David Bird MW
World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine – Tom Stevenson
The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting – Neel Burton
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine – Madeline Puckette
I hope this helps!
Hello Marion, thank you for sharing all your hard work!
I do not find anything on D1, previous Unit 2, Wine production?
Thank you and best wishes!
I think I recognise the structure of some notes ;-))
Nice updates and improvements!
Alex from TippleTips
Je reconnais la structure des notes… ;-))
Belles améliorations et mises à jour!
Alex de TippleTips
Hello Marion, thank you for your kindness and generosity by sharing these resources and all your work. It is really amazing, Best wishes and thanks again ! Natalia
This is such a throrough and comprehensive set of information. Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s months and months work of endless hard work. All the best! Christian.