WSET Diploma: Unit 2

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This module is designed to provide an underpinning knowledge of viticulture and vinification to those who wish to enter the wine trade. It is designed to cover the syllabus of unit 2 (Wine Production: Grapegrowing and Winemaking) of the WSET Diploma and prepare students for the Diploma assessments.



  • Climate types. The influence of heat, sun, latitude, altitude and geographical; features on site selection.
  • Comparative characteristics and attributes of commercially significant white and black grape varieties.
  • Vine propagation, varietal and rootstock selection, crossings, hybrids and grafting.
  • Vineyard establishment and improvement, considering site preparation, soil, drainage, planting density, trellis/training systems, frost and wine protection.
  • Pests, viruses and diseases, identification and control.
  • Sustainable vineyard practices, integrated pest management (IPM), organic & biodynamic viticulture.
  • Vineyard practices throughout the year, winter pruning, planting, canopy management, harvest.


  • The grape ripening process and the different harvesting methods.
  • Grape processing methods and the need for must adjustment procedures.
  • The white and red wine fermentation processes and the different fermentation vessels used.
  • The melolactic fermentation.
  • Wine clarification and stabilisation. Stability testing and treatments.
  • Wine storage, blending and maturation.
  • Bottling techneques.

Entry Requirements:

WSET Level 3 certificate

Must be over 18 years old.

Dates & Location:

Dates: TBC

Time: 10:45- 12:45

Location: Plumpton


Wednesday for 28 Weeks.




  • Studying at Plumpton gives you the chance to enjoy time at the heart of the South East of England’s wine production industry.
  • We’ve got 10 hectares of vineyards producing 40,000 bottles of award-winning still and sparkling wines each year at Plumpton.
  • We’ve also got a purpose-built Plumpton Wine Centre which includes a commercial winery, research winery, laboratories and a sensory evaluation room for you to experience.
  • Combined with our team of international expert lecturers, you’ll certainly gain an excellent all-round experience at Plumpton.

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