Wine Story Academy: Wine Education in Manila

The following information was taken from the Wine Story Academy website to share a wine education option available in Manila. The information is valid as of November 2014. Please email Carla Santos cpsantos@winestory.com.ph to confirm details such as prices and schedule.

Wine Story Academy is an approved programme provider of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), widely considered as the gold standard in wine education. We employ highly trained wine experts and trained wine educators to conduct local WSET courses, which are highly regarded in top-tier wine regions.

The course levels and their associated costs are below.

The WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines

This qualification provides a basic introduction to the main styles of wines available to front-line staff involved in wine service or sales. The qualification aims to provide basic product knowledge and skills in wine storage and service, and offers invaluable preparation and training for those entering their first job in wine hospitality or retail.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE
  • The main styles of wine
  • The WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine
  • The characteristics of the common grape varieties used to produce wine
  • Service of wine
  • Health, safety and legal issues
  • The pairing of food and wine

To gain this qualification students must successfully pass a multiple-choice paper of 30 questions.

Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 1 Award in wine lapel pin.

16,000PHP per person, which includes all course materials and test fees.

The WSET® Level 1 Award in Wine Service

This qualification builds on the knowledge and skills covered in Level 1 Award in Wines, and demonstrates how to apply these in a restaurant setting. This qualification is ideal for front line staff that requires basic wine service skills, and those who wish to start a career as a sommelier.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE
  • Introduction to sommellerie
  • Key elements to enhance customer service
  • How to correctly care for and handle equipment for wine service
  • How to serve wines
  • How to store wines

To gain this qualification students are assessed in a role-play exercise based on a restaurant wine service scenario. Candidates will only be awarded this qualification once they successfully pass the Level 1 Award in Wines or the Level 2 or 3 Award in Wines & Spirits.

Successful students will receive a certificate.

15,500PHP per person, which includes all course materials and test fees.

The WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

This qualification offers broad coverage of all product categories in the alcoholic beverage field; grape varieties, major wine producing countries, vineyard management, wine making, and the theory of tasting technique. Each session features a lineup of almost 50 wines varying in region and varietal that highlight the learning objectives.

There is no prerequisite for attending the Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits. Prior knowledge of wine basics is recommended.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE
  • How wine is made and other factors influencing the style of wine
  • Key white grape varieties
  • Key black grape varieties
  • Wine-producing regions of the world
  • Sparkling wines
  • Sweet wines and fortified wines
  • Spirits and liqueurs
  • Label terminology
  • Food and wine pairing
  • The WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine

To gain the qualification students need to pass a multiple-choice paper of 50 questions.

Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits lapel pin.  They will also be qualified to apply for the use of WSET’s certified logo.

33,000PHP per person, which includes all course materials and test fees.

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits

*Available in 2015*

This globally recognized wine industry qualification aims to equip individuals in supervisory positions with the authority and expertise to advise management and customers in beverage selection. The course examines wines and spirits from different regions through comprehensive tasting sessions.

This qualification is open to students who have successfully completed the Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits or can demonstrate intermediate knowledge through equivalent courses or wine industry experience.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE
  • Wine production techniques
  • Vinifications
  • Bottling and maturation
  • Viticulture
  • Labeling regulations
  • How to evaluate quality, style and price of wine

To gain the qualification, students must complete an exam of 50 multiple choice questions, a short essay exam, and compose a blind tasting report of two wines.

Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits lapel pin. They will also be qualified to apply for the use of WSET’s certified logo.

85,000PHP per person, which includes all course materials and test fees.

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