Courses to begin respectively in March and May 2024

認定校としての圧倒的な実績 Level2・3合格者数累計1500人以上
For those aspiring to achieve globally recognized wine qualifications or simply wanting to delve deeper into your wine expertise.
Accredited school
Introducing our
WSET® Course
Courses available at our Aoyama, Osaka, and Online (Live streaming) schools


WSET has four different levels, from Level 1 intended for the beginner,
and Level 4 being the highest and highly respected.
As a proud Approved Program Provider, Académie du Vin offers courses in Level 1, Level 2, and Level3.

How are the three levels different?

WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines
Overview You will gain a basic understanding of wine fundamentals and styles, enabling you to confidently explain them. You will acquire the knowledge and foundational tasting skills necessary to assess analytically and objectively. You will acquire the skills to logically assess wines by building a solid foundation of specialized knowledge.
Who is
this course for?
  • Those who are new to wine studies and aspire to make it a hobby in the future.
  • Those who are interested in broadening their knowledge of wine.
  • Those who have completed Académie du Vin's STEP1 course.
  • Those who wish to thoroughly learn about wine from the basics.
  • Those who have completed Académie du Vin's STEP2 and/or STEP3 course(s).
  • Those who have successfully obtained JSA's Sommelier Qualification or possess equivalent level of knowledge.
What you
will learn:
  • Basics of wine
  • Introduction to wine tasting skills
  • Theory of food and wine pairing.
  • Principal and regionally important grape varieties
  • Major and key wine production regions
  • Interpreting wine labels
  • Viticulture and Vineyard Management, and Winemaking
  • Principal wine producing regions of the world in detail
  • Analytical tasting skills
Exam details:
  • Exam Language:Japanese or English (Must be the same language as the course)
  • Exam details:30 multiple questions
  • Exam time:45 Minutes
  • Pass mark:70%
  • Language: Japanese or English (Must be the same language as the course)
  • Exam: 50 multiple questions
  • Exam time:60 Minutes
  • Pass mark: 55%
  • Language: Japanese or English (Must be the same language as the course)
  • Exam: 50 multiple choice questions/ Short written answer exam/Blind tasting exam on two wines
  • Exam Time: Written Exams: 120 min/ Blind Tasting Exam: 30min
  • Pass mark: 55% on all three papers

    5 sessions / 1day

    9 sessions / 4 months

    18 sessions / 6 months

※All prices are tax included

What you will achieve

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Course Features

You will have an opportunity to efficiently learn and focus on exam preparations.

Our instructors are highly skilled and experienced professionals, with all having obtained the prestigious Level 4.

We provide courses that are high in quality at an affordable cost.

Course Fees are 93,500 yen (tax incl.) for Level 2 (9 sessions) and 187,000yen (tax incl.) for Level 3 (18 sessions). They are priced reasonably for its comprehensive and rich content.

Included in the course fee are: Textbook, Mock Exam, Exam fee, and certificate and lapel pin for those who succeeded.

Key Point!
Our course provides a flexible system for rescheduling classes.

Thorough preparation for successful short written questions, which play a crucial role in passing the exam.

How well you perform in a short written answer exam is crucial. These types of questions tend to be more challenging compared to multiple-choice questions. At Académie du Vin, we provide a perfect environment to thoroughly prepare for short written answer questions.

Two additional sessions, namely a mock exam and a commentary on the mock exam, have been included in the course program to enhance exam preparation. The total number of sessions, including the exam, is now 18.

We offer courses in both English and Japanese

Académie du Vin offers classes in both Japanese and English for Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. You have the option to choose English as your language of study if it is suitable for you.

Overview of the curriculum

WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines

Recommended for

  • Beginners in Wine
  • Those who seek to obtain a globally recognized wine qualification in a short period of time
  • Those who are interested in broadening their knowledge of wine and food pairing
  • Those who have started or considering a career in fields such as restaurants or retail, where a basic knower of wine varieties and styles is required.
WSET® Level 1
Award in Wines
Course Fee: 34,100yen
Course Duration: 5 sessions /1day
Session Lessons on 4 themes
1 Course induction/ The main types of styles of wine/common wine grapes and their characteristics
2 How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT) grape varieties (Introduction to WSET Level1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT))
3 How to store and serve wine
4 The principles of food and wine pairing
5 Exam

WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines

Recommended for

  • Beginners wishing to learn about a a wide range of wines
  • Anyone looking to deepen their understanding of wine
  • Those who seek to obtain a globally recognized wine qualification in a short period of time
  • Those who want to learn wine systematically with an international standard curriculum
  • Individuals currently working in industries such as restaurants or retail where a foundational knowledge of wine types and styles is required, and who seek to further improve their skills and abilities
  • Those looking to develop their ability to discuss wine in English
WSET® Level 2
Award in Wines
Course Fee: 93,500yen
Course Duration: 9 sessions /4 months
Session Lessons on 9 themes
1 Course induction, Tasting technique, Pairing wine and food
2 Factors influencing the production of red wines, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel/Primitivo
3 Factors influencing the production of white, sweet and rose wines, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Sémillon/Semillon, Furmint
4 Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Albariño
5 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz
6 Gamay, Grenache/Garnacha, Tempranillo, Carmenere, Malbec, Pinotage
7 Cortese, Garganega, Verdicchio, Fiano, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Corvina, Sangiovese, Montepulciano
8 Sparkling wines, Fortified wines
9 Examination

WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines

Recommended for

  • Individuals who aspire to obtain a globally recognized qualification as a wine professional
  • Those who successfully obtained the JSA Sommelier/Wine Expert qualification and seeking to pursue additional qualification
  • Individuals who aspire to get a deeper understanding of the factors that influence wine style, quality, and pricing
  • Individuals who are considering to eventually achieve Level 4 (Diploma) qualification
  • Those looking to develop their ability to discuss wine in English
WSET®Level 3
Award in Wines
Course Fee: 187,000yen
Course Duration: 18 sessions /6 months
Session Lessons on 18 themes
1 Course induction and Tasting Technique
2 Natural factors and human influences in the vineyard
3 Human influences in the Winery
4 White wines of Alsace, Germany, Austria and Tokaj
5 White wines of Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux
6 Red and rose wines of Bordeaux, South West France and the Loire Valley
7 Red wines of Burgundy, Beaujolais and the red and white wines of the northern Rhône Valley
8 Red, white and rose wines of southern Rhône Vally and southern France
Red wines of Spain Part 1 and white wines of Spain and Portugal
9 Red wines of northern Spain and red and white wines of northern Italy
10 Red and white wines of central and southern Italy.
Red wines of Portugal and red and white wines of Greece
11 Premium red wines of New Zealand, USA and Australia
12 Premium white wines of New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, USA and Canada
13 Regional specialities of Australia, South Africa and USA
Premium red and white wines of Argentina and Chile
14 Fortified wines
15 Sparkling wines
16 Mock examination (Tasting, theory excluding multiple-choice questions)
17 Commentary on Mock exam
18 Examination

You may opt to learn from the comfort of your own home
achieving a level of learning comparable to that of attending classes in person.
Live Streaming Class

In response to customer feedback regarding the lack of nearby wine schools, we have introduced live streaming classes that maintain the same level of quality as in-person classes.

  • Whether you prefer to use a computer or a smartphone, you can easily join and engage in class
    Our Live streaming classes are conducted using the Zoom web conferencing tool, enabling you to join from your computer or smartphone at the designated class times, mirroring the structure of traditional in-person classes.
  • In-depth and informative tasting sessions
    Tasting sessions are conducted following the same format as our in-person sessions. The tasting wines will be shipped in small bottles for all the lecture sessions, arranged to be delivered prior to the scheduled live streaming classes.

    ※LWSET Level3: There will be no wine delivery for Session 15 (Sparkling Wine), Session 16 (Mock Exam), and Session 18 (Exam). The sessions will be in-person at either Aoyama or Osaka school.
    ※WSET Leve 2: There will be no wine delivery for Session 8 (Exam). The session will be in-person at our Aoyama school.

  • You will have access to recorded sessions.
    The live streaming classes will be recorded and made available for a specific period of time, allowing you to attend all sessions at your convenience regardless of scheduling conflicts.

    ※Customers are responsible for any data usage charges that may incur.
    ※WSET Level3 Session 16(Mock Exam ) will not have a recorded session.

Why we recommend our Live Streaming Class

  • The biggest advantage of participating in live streaming class is that real-time at scheduled times participation helps establish a consistent learning routine, which will help lessen last minute panic during exam preparations.
  • You will have the opportunity to directly ask questions to your instructor in real-time, allowing you to seek clarification on any unclear points.
  • Most importantly, having classmates who are striving towards the same goal and a sense of unity with the class can be a driving force for self-motivation.

Would you like to start with a free trial lesson?
(Conducted in Japanese only)

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