WSET Level 1 Award in Sake ONLINE

Let us welcome you to a journey of exploring the delights of Japan's national drink - Sake. Discover in this course the most important characteristics and styles of sake and how to taste and describe these using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT). Learn the main ingredients and factors influencing the taste and aromatic of sake. Grasp the differences and similarities between the various styles of this Japanese rice wine. Through this course you also learn to understand Japanese labelling terms of the principal categories of sake. Additionally, learn how to store and serve sake and the key considerations when making a good and sake pairing combination.


This course is based around a 4-week, 7-module online learning programme with educator support available for this time. The course modules should be followed in order, but students are free to complete the modules at their own pace during this 4-week window. The course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete, plus revision time. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.


The course prepares the student for the WSET Level 1 Award in Sake and is guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each module includes a series of independent activities to help students understand sake production and different styles of sake.


Students are advised to taste a range of sakes during their studies. All the required sakes for the course can be found in the course specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.


Please note:

  • Sakes are not included in the cost of this course and although it will greatly improve your learning experience, it is not compulsory to taste any sake.




  • The characteristics typical of sake

  • The ingredients and the steps needed for the production of sake

  • The principal categories and grades of sake

  • How to describe sake using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT)

  • The differences and similarities between different styles of sake

  • Some of the speciality styles of sake and their key characteristics

  • How to recognise Japanese labelling terms for some of the prinicipal categories of sake

  • How to store and serve sake

  • The common faults found in sake

  • The key considerations when making a food and sake pairing recommendation




Students will need access to a computer and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements:

  • Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible

  • Web browser with Javascript and cookies** enabled

  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent

  • Internet access (broadband recommended)




No formal qualifications are required. Candidates should be over 18 years of age.

The course is delivered online and in English, therefore, basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required.




The examination date and location are provided when you book the course. If you want to arrange a new date, please contact us at least 10 working days before the set examination date.

The exam paper has 30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes. A mark of 70% is required to pass.



195,00 € - The course fee includes the WSET Level 1 study guide, online tuition, exam, postage, certificate and lapel pin.  Note: VAT-exempt according to § 4 No. 21 a) bb) UStG



For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below.

Specification (ENG)




  • Online Tuition: 26.04.2021 to 23.05.2021 / Exam: 27.05.2021 at 19:00 Online or 13.06.2021 at 18:00 in Heidelberg / Registration Deadline: 16.04.2021
  • Online Tuition: 28.06.2021 to 25.07.2021 / Exam: 29.07.2021 at 19:00 or 15.08.2021 at 18:00 in Heidelberg / Registration Deadline: 18.06.2021


WSET Level 1 Award in Sake ONLINE


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