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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

at Caves Bernard-Massard

€1200 (incl VAT)

A prestigious advanced wine qualification

33 hours * taste 75 wines * 2.5 hour exam with two parts (tasting & theory) 

Upcoming Level 3 courses

WSET Level 3 – English
June 9, 16, 22 & 6, 7, 14 July
09:30 – 17:00

French courses will be available soon.

Understand the "why" with WSET Level 3

This 6 day advanced-level qualification builds on Level 2 knowledge to understand the ‘why’ and ‘how’ wines are made and taste the way they do. Students must be able to explain “why” by linking facts and explaining them in order to pass Level 3. 

At least 55 hours of home study is required to pass the WSET Level 3 exam

What you will learn:

  • How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT).
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the factors that account for the style, quality and price of the principal still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world. 
  • Accurately describe the key characteristics of the principal still wines of the world and use the description to make an assessment of quality and readiness for drinking. 
  • Develop the skills to explain why certain grapes are grown in different places and what the winemaker has done to achieve a certain style.

The Exam

Level 3 is examined by a ‘closed book’ exam in two parts: Theory and Tasting. The pass mark for each Unit is 55%. Students must pass each Unit independently (55% on each paper).

Unit 1: Theory Examination (2 hours)

The closed-book theory exam is made up of two parts: (i) 50 multiple choice questions; and (ii) 4 short-answer essay questions worth 25 marks each. 

Unit 2: Tasting Examination (30 minutes)

Students are required to assess two wines blind.

You will receive a grade for each Unit, with your final grade being the average of the two Units.

Results are graded as follows:

  • 80% or higher (with no paper being below 65%) – Pass with Distinction
  • 65% – 79% – Pass with Merit
  • 55% – 64% – Pass
  • 45% – 54% – Fail
  • 44% or below – Fail Unclassified
You will receive a globally recognized certificate from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) upon successful completion of the exam. 

To find out more, please download the WSET Level 3 Specification.


  • Tutored tasting of 75 wines
  • WSET course materials (sent to you upon receipt of payment for the course)
  • WSET Level 3 exam on last day of the class.
  • Note: Lunch is not provided – students will have an hour each class day to eat at a local cafe. 

Level 3 consists in 15 2-hour modules followed by a 2.5-hour exam. 

Students must be of legal drinking age (16 in Luxembourg). 

Students must have completed WSET Level 2 or have equivalent knowledge. If you have not completed WSET Level 2, please email to discuss your eligibility to take WSET Level 3. 

Registrations will close 12 business days before the course date as required by WSET exam registration deadlines, or earlier if the class is full. 

  • Students must attend the course to be eligible to sit the exam. WSET does not authorize any candidate to attend an exam without attending the course. 
  • At the start of the exam, all candidates must show the invigilator photo ID as proof of identity.
  • The exam is ‘closed book’. Candidates must follow WSET’s examinations conduct including no cheating during the exam. Failure to adhere to WSET’s exam conduct requirements could render your exam invalid. 

WSET has 12 weeks to grade exams from the date they receive the papers in London. We will inform you by email when WSET sends us the grade list.

Certificates and pins will follow in the post for successful candidates 

If you fail your exam you can pay to re-take the exam. Please contact for the fee applicable and dates of future exams. 

You can transfer your class date for a small admin fee (€25) up to 10 business days before the class start-date. Cancellations/changes after the 10 business-day deadline cannot be accommodated as we will have incurred fees with WSET for your place. 

Yes, you can register via e-mail and we can invoice you for the course fees. E-mail for more information. 

Currently we are offering classes in English and French. 

Please inform us of any food allergies and intolerances on your registration form as some of our courses/events include food. We will do our best to accommodate however we do not accept any liability for allergic reactions that occur during or after our events. We do not prepare food on-site so we can only pass on the ingredient information from our caterers and therefore we do not accept any liability for allergic reactions. 

Equal Opportunities

The Bernard-Massard Wine Academy and WSET strive to ensure that these qualifications are accessible to everyone. If you have any accessibility or educational needs, please email so we can find a solution. Please see our Policies and Procedures document for more information. 

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WSET Level 1
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We look forward to seeing you in class soon!

Caves Bernard-Massard – 22, Route du Vin, Grevenmacher L-6794

WSET level 3 in Wines