WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines provides insight and up-to-date knowledge for students who are beginning to learn about wine. You will learn about the main wine types and styles, the appearance, smell and taste of wines. You will also learn how to describe the wine you have tasted in a simple and accurate way as well as the principles of pairing wines with food.
The one-day course is followed by an exam. Participants achieving success in the exam will receive a certificate and pin issued by WSET. This qualification is recognised in many countries as a basic condition for certain jobs.

For whom is it recommended?

  • Wine lovers who are seriously interested in wine, for whom an internationally recognised qualification is important.
  • Those who would like to work in the wine industry, primarily abroad.
  • Those working in HoReCa, for whom an internationally recognised exam in a foreign language is important.
  • Those with a good command of a foreign language.
If a course is fully booked, you can sign up for the waiting list!


  • wine types and wine styles
  • the main wine grape varieties and their characteristics
  • storing and serving wine
  • basic principles of food and wine pairing
  • describing wine using the WSET Systematic Approach to tasting (WSET SAT)
Course structure
The course can be taken as a one-day intensive course or an evening course, during which 9 wines will be tasted. The course will be held in English.
Terms of enrolment
The course requires no prior knowledge. If the applicant wishes to take part in wine tasting, he/she must already be 18 years of age at the start of the course. However, anyone under this age or anyone who is unable to consume alcohol for health, religious or other reasons may also achieve success in the exam.

Further details can be found in English on the WSET website as well as in the WSET specification.


You will receive a certificate if you successfully pass an exam consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions. You can see the upcoming dates on the exam dates page. The prerequisite for a successful exam is answering 70% of questions correctly. The exam language is English.
Application deadline: 20 working days before the selected date.

The price of the first exam is included in the course fee. Should you fail the first exam, the fee for the resit is 22.000 HUF.

Dates and course fee

Discounted price: 75.000 HUF (59.055 HUF + VAT), if payment is received 15 calendar days prior to the start of the course, either in person or by bank transfer to the school’s bank account.
Full price: 85.000 HUF (66.929 HUF + VAT), if payment is made within 15 days of the start of the course.

The tuition fee includes the course materials, wine, water and exam fee. It does not include coffee or lunch.

In the event of an unsuccessful exam, the fee for the exam resit: 22.000 HUF.
Payment terms
The course fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the course using the payment method selected (cash, credit/debit card, bank transfer).
The course can be cancelled free of charge up to 15 days prior to the start of the course. Thereafter, the cancellation fee is 50% of the course fee up to 7 days prior to the start of the course, thereafter 100%.
Application conditions
Our mission is to enable anyone who is interested in the world of wines to attend our courses. In the following cases, please inform us of the existence of any special educational circumstances so that we can organise the learning conditions for courses the best we can:
  • applicants under the age of 18 (may participate in the theoretical presentations and take the exam, however without tasting the wines)
  • sensory barriers (e.g. colour blind, reduced perception of aromas)
  • reduced mobility issues
Group special offer: 5% discount on the final amount for a minimum of 5 people.
Student discount: 10% discount for those under 25 years of age upon presentation of a valid student ID card.
The course can be cancelled free of charge up to 15 working days prior to the start of the course. Thereafter, the cancellation fee is 50% of the course fee up to 7 working days prior to the start of the course, thereafter 100%.

The structure of our training system

Why choose Borkollégium?

Mészáros Gabriella
We were the country’s first wine school, thus have the most experience.
You will not only taste a wide range of wines, but wines of extremely high quality.
Should a wine seem flawed, it will be replaced.
We make learning easy, with a pleasant environment and comfortable atmosphere.
Our educators work to the highest of standards.
We are the only school in Hungary to offer students constantly updated textbooks, right from the very beginning.
You will get answers to all your questions. However, if our educators, very occasionally, can’t give you an answer right away, they’ll come back to you with it the next day.
Knowledge-based education is of paramount importance to us, and we aim to offer our students the best knowledge available.