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WSET Diploma Unit D5 Fortified Wines Online Self-paced Course

Mon, August 22, 2022 (8:00 AM - 8:00 AM)

Cost: $750

Fortified Wines (5 weeks of guided study) – $750

Includes online tuition and online materials, feedback theory & tasting tests, a live online tasting tutorial taught by a CWS instructor (wine samples included with the tutorial only), and the exam at the Capital Wine School.

The D5 Fortified Wine online course runs for 5 weeks, is comprised of 5 modules, and contains a total of 12 course hours.

The student will learn to understand: How the growing environment, grape growing options, winemaking options, industry associations and labelling terms, and wine business influence the style, quality, and price of the principal fortified wines of the world. Students will demonstrate: The ability to taste and evaluate fortified wines accurately.

The exam is 90 minutes and consists of an assessment of 3 wines tasted blind, and multiple-part open response theory questions.

The individual units follow a weekly structure and it is important that you keep up with work set for that week. The educator is not obliged to assess work if you fall behind. The individual units are designed to build upon knowledge gained from the previous weeks, so you should not skip ahead. The online units prepare you for the WSET qualifications and they are guided by a WSET educator. You can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should you have any questions. Each unit includes a series of independent and/or group activities that require you to look in depth at the wine industry, applying subject knowledge and professional skills to analyze key issues. This unit also includes an online feedback test.


August 22, 2022: Course start date

August 27, 2022 (9:00am – 11:00am): Virtual tasting tutorial with wine samples included

September 18, 2022 – Online feedback test due date

September 25, 2022: Course end date (students have access to online classroom content in read-only format after this date for one year from the course start date)

October 25, 2022 (1:30pm – 3:00pm): Final in-person exam at the Capital Wine School (students who wish to defer to a later exam date must notify us by August 21, 2022)

Revision of Level 3 Materials is highly recommended before commencing the Diploma. You are advised to taste a range of wines during your studies. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the course specification.

Additional Information

*Aside from the wine samples included in the tasting tutorial, students enrolled online, self-paced courses are responsible for finding, purchasing and paying for all additional wines for tasting.

*Wine samples for the tasting tutorial will be available for pickup curbside by appointment at the Capital Wine School the day before the tutorial between 12pm – 5pm. Students who are unable to come to the school to pick up their tutorial wine samples may have their samples shipped to them for an additional shipping fee – please email for more information. Please note that we cannot accommodate requests for wine sample pickups earlier than noon on the day before the tutorial, and that any requests for shipping must be received no later than 7 days before the tutorial date. Finally, wine samples for those who request and pay for shipping will ship to arrive the day before the tutorial, and we cannot accommodate requests for earlier arrival.

*The registration deadline for this course is August 11, 2022 and there are no refunds or rescheduling after this date. Students who cannot attend the exam on October 25, 2022 and wish to defer must let us know by August 21; after this date the exam fee will be forfeited and any rescheduling will incur a new exam fee of $295.00.

*When registering for this course, existing Diploma students should use the email address on file with the WSET.

*The WSET does not permit candidates to enroll in concurrent online courses (courses with overlapping start or end dates)


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