WSET Courses

We now offer WSET wine courses at our Hackney based wine studio!

WSET provides globally recognised wine education and qualifications. It is a great way to learn about wine in a structured way. WSET qualifications are perfect for both wine lovers and wine professionals. 

As a WSET Approved Programme Provider (APP), we currently offer the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. 

Our WSET courses can both be booked by individual customers and by private groups. Private groups can contact us on or 07850195114 for more information and prices. 

What is the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines?

  • A one-day certified wine qualification 

  • You'll learn about styles of wine, grape varieties, storing and serving wine, food and wine matching and much more

  • You'll finish the day with an exam (30 multiple choice questions)

  • If you pass the exam (a minimum of 70% correct answers is required) you'll be awarded the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

For who is the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines?

  • You don't need any prior wine knowledge. We are here to teach you the basics!

  • Whether wine is your hobby or your (future) career, this is a very useful qualification to build on your knowledge

  • You need to be 18 years or older in order to taste the wine samples

What does Winecdote provide?

  • The official WSET Level 1 in Wines course book (for you to keep)

  • Official WSET support materials, such as powerpoint presentations

  • 9 wine tasting samples

  • Suitable wine tasting glasses (ISO glasses)

  • A certified WSET wine educator who successfully completed the WSET Diploma qualification (Claudia Bastiaensen, the owner of Winecdote)

  • A fun classroom environment, full of other wine enthusiasts

What do you need to bring?

  • Just yourself, a pen and a valid photo ID

Why choose for Winecdote?

  • We work with small groups of maximum 8 students, in order to ensure the highest quality of teaching

  • Our WSET educator Claudia has great experience in teaching wine courses and masterclasses. She has been teaching about wine for several years, in London, Paris and Amsterdam. Next to running Winecdote's wine school, she also works as an educator for other clients such as the WSET London School and ESSCA business school  

  • We are Hackney's first wine studio and we believe that learning about wine should be fun. We'll make the course as interactive and relaxed as possible, to make sure you'll have a good time while learning!

Where do I book my WSET course?

  • You can book your course directly on our Book Online page (subject to availability)

  • If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us on 07850195114 or

  • For private trade WSET courses, contact us on 07850195114 or for options and prices

What previous participants have said about the course:


"I attended the WSET Level 1 course at Winecdote Netil House wine studio on Saturday 11/5/19 and had a great time and experience.


This was my first wine course and qualification and i embarked on this journey not knowing a great deal about wines and their regions and tastes but wanting to learn more so i could enjoy what i was drinking and choosing. This felt very informal and the sudio is a cool and stylish venue to learn about wine and the day went very quickly as it was relaxed and enjoyable but very informative and the right level of technical for the crowd.


Claudia is a great tutor and host and she immediately made the small group of five feel relaxed and at ease and we got to know each other as we went through the basics of styles, types, regions and tastes. I particularly enjoyed the food pairing section and understanding which wines go with which foods and why, something i was looking to improve my understanding of during the day.


We finished off the course and took the examinations at the end, which i felt well prepared for as the course covered all the questions of the exam. Afterwards we went out an explored the local Hackney area of Broadway Market and London Fields and got a great chance to put our experience into practise - which is after all why we decided to take the WSET course !


thanks Winecdote, it was a great day and course and i look forward to getting the results and booking my WSET level 2 course in August !"

- Richard

"The course was extremely interesting overall, from the winemaking process to the wine and food pairing. The tutor was great and explained everything very clearly and the course was very entertaining. I really liked that Claudia was giving us some tricks for us to recognize the grape varieties. Will definitely book the level 2."


- Ilario