This course consists of WSET Diploma Units 1 & 2 which is the mandatory starting point for the qualification. . The course begins with an overview of the global markets in terms of both production and consumption and major companies, with a detailed statistical analysis. The dynamics of the industry are then examined, with particular reference to the local market in BC. This is followed by an analysis of production issues relating to cost. The Unit 1 part is wrapped up with a discussion of topical issues in the business of wine and spirits.
The Unit 2 part of this course features detailed analysis of the Production of Wine. The course includes a study of viticulture, vinification, maturation and handling techniques. The characteristics of the most commercially significant grape varieties are also studied.