WSET LEVEL 4 DIPLOMA in Wines
The start of Diploma has been confirmed, it starts 2.9.2022. You can still register, please do it asap.
The schedule for Diploma 2020-2021 is here: Diploma 2022 Schedule
WSET Level 4 Diploma training is based on WSET Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma course. The Diploma training was first organised in Wine School Perho in 2001. Since then, 53 students have passed the course in Wine School Perho.
Increased interest in wines and Diploma trainings have created more expertise in professional wine culture in Finland. The four pioneering Finnish Master of Wine graduates have also acquired their skills in Wine School Perho. Wine School Perho has also brought many significant international lecturers to Finland.
To enter the Diploma training, you need have done the WSET Level 3 Wines course. Level 3 course gives you a solid ground for learning the market mechanisms of the world of wines. Wines are the focal point of this course, as well. The systematic tastings includes ca. 400 wines in pedagogically designed units. The course language is English.
WSET Diploma training consists of the following units: D1 Wine Production, D2 Wine Business, D3 Wines of the World, D4 Sparkling Wines, D5 Fortified Wines and D6 Independent Research Assignment.
In Wine School Perho the lectures of D3 have been grouped by grapes, thus placing the grapes and the characteristics of different wine regions side by side. Italy and Spain form their own entities and, in addition, other wines of the New World are presented in their own lectures.
Further study material
The price of the course includes WSET study guides, with concise, but extensive coverage of theoretical aspects of the topics. In addition, it is necessary to familiarize oneself with some major publications in the field recommended by WSET. We also recommend that students acquire additional literature according to a list provided in the training.
Teachers in WSET Diploma training
• Dr. Matthias Schmitt of Geisenheim University is researcher focused in growing and making wine. Geisenheim is one of the most prestigious wine research institutes.
• Wine consultant and teacher, Master of Wine Frank Smulders is a specialist in Spanish and Alsatian wines and wine regions.
• Master of Wine Michael Palij runs Diploma trainings in Oxford and is a wine importer. Palij is specialized in French and Italian wines.
• Master of Wine Essi Avellan is our internationally renowned champagne expert.
• Master of Wine Heidi Mäkinen works in wine trade and is specialized wine education. She teaches all WSET levels at Wine School Perho PRO
• Jouko Mykkänen is the Educational Manager of Wine School Perho and writes articles on wines e.g. for Helsingin Sanomat.
Schedule WSET Level 4 Diploma 2022. Note: New timeschedule.
|Fri 2.9.||Perho PRO||Intro to Diploma tasting||Michael Palij MW|
|Sat 3.9.||Perho PRO||Intro to Diploma exams||Michael Palij MW|
|Thu 15.9.||Geisenheim||D1 Viticulture & Vinification||Dr. Matthias Schmitt|
|Fri 16.9.||Geisenheim||D1 Viticulture & Vinification||Dr. Matthias Schmitt|
|Sat 17.9.||Mosel||D1, D3 Vineyard & Winery visits||DWI, Jouko Mykkänen|
|Sun 18.9.||Rheingau||D1, D3 Harvesting in practise & Winery visits||DWI, Jouko Mykkänen|
|Mon 19.9.||Pfalz, Baden||D1, D3 Vineyard & Winery visits||DWI, Jouko Mykkänen|
|Tue 20.9||Alsace||D2 Wine Business; D3 Riesling, Alsace||CIVA; Frank Smulders MW|
|Wed 21.9.||Alsace||D3 Vineyard & Winery visit||CIVA; Frank Smulders MW|
|Thu 22.9.||Champagne||D4 Sparkling wines; Vineyard & Winery visits||Essi Avellan MW|
|Fri 23.9.||Champagne||D4 Vineyard & Winery visits; Study trip ends||Essi Avellan MW|
|Mon 10.10||Perho PRO||D1 EXAM 9.30 reg. by 23.8.2022|
|Sat 15.10||Perho PRO||D4 Exam training||Heidi Mäkinen MW|
|Sat 26.10||Perho PRO||D4 EXAM, reg by 23.8.2022|
|Sat 10.12||Perho PRO||D5 Fortified wines||Heidi Mäkinen MW|
|2023||All Perho PRO|
|Wed 18.1||D5 EXAM, reg by 8.11.2022|
|Fri 3.2||D3 Bourgogne + Chardonnay||Michael Palij MW|
|Sat 4.2||D3 Bourgogne + Pinot Noir||Michael Palij MW|
|Fri 10.3||D3 Loire & Sauvignon Blanc, Jura, Austria, Hungary, Greece||Frank Smulders MW|
|Sat 11.3||D3 Spain, Portugal||Frank Smulders MW|
|Wed 8.3||D2 Wine Business EXAM, reg by 17.2.2023|
|Fri 17.3||D3 Bordeaux + Cabernet & Merlot||Michael Palij MW|
|Sat 18.3||D3 Bordeaux + Cabernet & Merlot||Michael Palij MW|
|Fri 31.3||D3 Italy||Michael Palij MW|
|Sat 1.4||D3 Italy||Michael Palij MW|
|Fri 14.4||D3 South of France + Syrah & Grenache||Heidi Mäkinen MW|
|Sat 15.4||D3 New World Round-Up||Heidi Mäkinen MW|
|Fri 28.4||D3 Reserve day|
|Sat 29.4||D3 Exam Training||Heidi Mäkinen MW|
|Tue 9.5||D3 Theory EXAM, reg. by 7.3.2023|
|Wed 10.5||D3 Tasting EXAM, reg. by 7.3.2023|
|Mon 31.7||D6 Submission reg. by 15.6.2023|
Load schedule here: Perho PRO WSET Diploma 2022 Schedule
The WSET Diploma programme can be completed within an academic year. The training sessions are carried out in units of one to three days in Wine School Perho. The total amount of contact learning is 23 days and 5 exam days. It is advised to reserve at least six days a month for self-study and before exams it is good to have plenty of time for preparation.
The WSET Diploma exams measure the versatility of students’ knowledge:
D1 Wine Production: multiple-part open response paper
D2 Wine Business: multiple-part open response paper
D3 Wines of the World, exam day 1: theory exam of open response/essay questions, day 2: tasting exam of 12 wines
D4 Sparkling Wines: multiple-part response questions, tasting of three wines
D5 Fortified Wines: multiple-part open response paper, tasting of three wines
D6 Independent Research Assignment: one research assignment of 3.000 words.
After passing all the exams you receive a WSET Certificate and a pin.
Price and terms of cancellation
The study fee is 7.200 € + VAT 24 % (8928 € incl. VAT 24 %). The price includes lectures according to the programme in Wine School Perho PRO and on the study trip, samples in tastings, practice exams and essays, WSET materials and exams. Retakes of exams are charged separately. Billing is done in four installments during the studies, two installments in the autumn and two in the spring. Participation in the course is binding after confirmation of starting the course.
The study trip (travel and accommodation) is paid by the students. Wine School Perho PRO will not reserve flights or act as official travel organizer of the trip, but students will take care of these costs themselves. The preliminary cost of accommodation is 40-80 € / night). In addition, students will pay for field trips (charter bus/train) to vineyards. However, accommodation and charter buses/trains are booked jointly, so you do not have to book these separately.
The training sessions are arranged in Perho PRO, Perhonkatu 11, Helsinki.
The participants will also study in Geisenheim Research Institute in Rheingau, Germany. The period will include both theoretical studies and tastings as well as visits to Rheingau vineyards and other wine regions nearby. The study trip will also take the students to the regions of Alsace and Champagne in France for relevant theory and vineyard/winery visits.
Sirpa Vaahti, Education Coordinator
050 3100 787
sirpa.vaahti (at) perho.fi