Who is this course for?

The Level 2 Advanced Award in Wines is intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge of wines.

Completion of this comprehensive course aimed at Senior Steward level yacht crew will give

students the basic expertise on factors affecting quality, style and price, key wines of the world, professional service, and an understanding of food and wine pairing..


Course Sructure

The Level 2 Advanced Wine Appreciation course is designed to create an understanding of viticulture, vinification of wine and the main internationally renowned wine regions, climates, varieties, winemaking styles and quality classifications. Students will take part in tutored tastings, learning advanced techniques to evaluate and rate wines. 

It is suitable wherever a good level of wine knowledge is required to underpin job skills and competencies, for example in the customer service and sales functions of hospitality, retailing and wholesaling industries. It is also useful for those who have a general interest in wine and wish to broaden their knowledge.

Additional courses to add

It is a requirement by the MCA for all food handlers on-board yachts to hold at least a food hygiene/food safety level 2 certification. We offer both: 

* Food Safety in Catering Level 2 

* Food Safety in Catering Level 3

Stewardess with plated food service

The Course

Successful candidates will be able to describe and compare the styles of wines produced from internationally and regionally important grape varieties, interpret wine labels from the main wine producing regions of the world and give basic guidance on appropriate selection and service, as well as understand the principles of wine tasting and evaluation.  

The course is structured into specific learning outcomes to provide participants with practical knowledge and experience, as well as theory.

Course Syllabus

MODULE 2: Vinification – Winemaking & Maturation
MODULE 3: Speciality Wines
MODULE 4: Desert & Fortified Wines
MODULE 5: Sparkling Wine & Champagne
MODULE 6: Principal Varieties & Characteristics
MODULE 7: Wine serving theory
MODULE 8: Wine Tasting
MODULE 9: Generic Wine Labels and Quality Indications
MODULE 10: Wines of the World – the Old World
MODULE 11: Tasting – Wines of the Old World
MODULE 12: Wines of the World – New World (Including sample tastings)
MODULE 13: Summary and Q&A Session

Course Duration

The course duration is two days, consisting of GLH (guided Learning Hours) and TQT (Total Quality Time).

TQT is an estimate of the total amount of time, measured in hours, that a learner would reasonably need to be able to show the level of achievement necessary for the award of a qualification. It is made up of GLH and private study time. GLH include all tutor-supervised learning and supervised assessments.

The TQT for the Level 2 Advanced Wine Appreciation is 28 hours. This is made up of 17 GLH (of which 1 hour is for the examination) and 11 hours’ private study.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will have a broad knowledge of the following: 

  1. Factors affecting quality, style and price of wines 
  2. Main varieties, blends and styles of wines around the world. 
  3. Main geographic areas, climates and terroirs of top wines 
  4. How to read wine labels and assess geographic Indications of quality 
  5. How to assess wine through sensory evaluation techniques 
  6. Basics of wine serving and temperatures 
  7. The ability to be able to effectively discuss and assist guests with wine choices 


The investment for this course is R6 500.