DIPLOMA PREP: Mastering Unit 3 Theory

Next course starts January 24th, 2019 - Need a hand getting through your Unit 3 WSET Diploma theory studies? This is the course for you.

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The WSET Diploma is one of the most respected and prestigious wine courses in the world... and it's more than a little challenging. You're going to spend close to $10,000 getting through this course, so make sure it's a success!

Students who enroll early for the upcoming session will have full access to Modules 1-10 immediately upon registration.

Join me on a condensed overview, where you'll quiz yourself to success on the grapes, wines, regions, and producers that you need to master. Included are quizzes on every section of the current Diploma Unit 3 curriculum, including the many countries within the toughest section of the Diploma (France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, NZ, USA, Greece, & more - If it's listed in the official study book, it's included). I created this course from the study notes and cue cards that I used to pass Unit 3 on the first try!

Along with a group of Diploma students from around the globe, you'll work to do a complete review of the curriculum, develop your cue cards and spreadsheet notes, and receive direct feedback from Rachel on your work. You'll also be able to ask fellow students questions in the class forums.

Each week for 10 modules, we'll review and work our way through the Unit 3 curriculum together. The first two modules cover a country you need to master in order to pass the exam: France.

By Module 10, we'll have reviewed each country and region, to make sure you're prepared for the big exam. Each week, you'll be guided through the material and assignments, with helpful prompts from me.

Module 1: France - Burgundy, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Alsace

Module 2: France - SW France, Languedoc, Corsica, Provence, Loire, Rhone

Module 3: Italy

Module 4: Spain & Portugal

Module 5: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Module 6: Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay

Module 7: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa

Module 8: USA, Mexico, Canada

Module 9: Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus

Module 10: North Africa, Asia, England, Wales, Eastern Mediterranean

Every section will have a variety of activities to complete, that will help you process the huge amount of information covered: drawing maps of the region to understand the geography, doing flashcards, taking quizzes to see where you need to improve, and when you just can't study anymore - there are pre-selected youtube videos that I've assembled so you can put them on autoplay.

This course is designed especially for WSET* Diploma students (*Please note, this course is not affiliated with WSET Global, it is a quiz prep course based on my personal experience studying for the Diploma, and desire to have a resource for reviewing the material) - it doesn't replace the reading and studying that are a MUST in order to pass your exam, but it will help keep you accountable and guide you through a review of the curriculum! You do the studying, the Prep Course helps you stay accountable and test how well you've prepared.

Get ready to feel confident going into your WSET Diploma Unit 3 theory exam

The course includes extensive quizzes for each module, plus downloadable cheat sheets, and swipeable flashcards for your phone. Assignments are sent to you each week along with helpful guidance on preparing for the final exam.


~ A massive Unit 3 master practice exam with over 1,800 key questions that you can take again and again to help you study. Quiz yourself in line at the grocery store, on the train, while waiting for an appointment, or at the café! The quizzes can be taken an unlimited number of times.

~ Theory exam techniques: advice for writing a fantastic theory essay, plus personal feedback from Rachel on your own essay assignment*. Many students felt this was invaluable in getting their writing on key for the real exam. (*One essay per student is included)

~ Tasting exam techniques: tips for how to think strategically and maximize your effectiveness during the tasting exam. A list of wine tasting flights to practice with for the tasting exam, and tips for writing excellent exam tasting notes, including sample layout and phrasing. You will also submit two tasting notes to Rachel for direct and specific feedback on your work.

~ A viticulture and viniculture quiz to help you refresh on grapes, vines, vine diseases, soils, vine training styles, climates, weather, and more.

Want to get a head start on your WSET Diploma Unit 3 studies? This is the course for you. The next course will begin in Jan 2019.

NOTE: The textbooks for this course are Jancis Robinson's Oxford Companion to Wine, and Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson's World Atlas of Wine. If you don't already own copies of these books, please order yours right away. Because most students already own these textbooks, they are not included in the price of the course.

Your Instructor

Rachel von Sturmer
Rachel von Sturmer

Hi, I'm Rachel! My passion is learning about wine and sharing wine knowledge. I developed this course after not being able to find a condensed online wine study program while prepping for the WSET Level 3 & the WSET Diploma. The theory units in these programs are some of the most challenging exams I've ever encountered.

This prep course is perfect for WSET students who need help studying these challenging wines and regions, and provide extra accountability getting through the material. My goal is that after studying and using the prep course, that you'll walk into your exam feeling confident and prepared for success.

I'm a wine writer and beginner wine grower; in 2016, I successfully completed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma program after 15 months of study, passing every unit on the first attempt. I'm a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and the Guild of Sommeliers.In 2016, I became a Vinitialy Italian Wine Ambassador, and published Winetripping, a guide to the wineries of British Columbia's Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. I'm a Wine Judge at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, on the panels for Canada and the USA.

My husband and I own a 5 acre organic vineyard in BC's Similkameen region. In my free time, I love visiting ancient ruins, growing heirloom tomatoes, cozy pubs with friends, Star Trek TNG reruns, and of course, trying new wines.

What some of Rachel's students said about taking the prep course:

"Results just in. Passed with distinction. Could not have done it without your setup. Many thanks"

"The study modules really helped. I passed top of the class!"

"Really happy to participate in your fantastic program and I found it very helpful for me! Thank you for all your precise and particular advice and comments!"

"It was absolutely invaluable to use your content as a barometer while reading the entries and studying."

"This is a terrific program and I know it's been extremely beneficial to my preparation for the exam"

"Very well organised. Kept me on track."

"What I liked best: the systematic approach with maps, quizzes, flashcards, what entries to read."

"I loved your course. I can't wait to restart your content over again."

"Thanks you for offering this course. It helped me to find direction with my studies and supplemented the information I received in class."

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take this course?

This course was designed especially for students of the WSET Diploma in mind (please note: we are not affiliated with WSET).

What supplies do I need?
You'll need the current Oxford Companion to Wine, and the World Atlas of Wine, plus a supply of cue cards to write on, dry-erase markers, and access to a printer (to print out the map activities in each module).
How much time does it take to complete this course?
Allow for 20+ hours per week to study for your Unit 3 exam, about three hours per day. If you have more time to devote, even better, especially in the final month before your exam! There are 10 modules in this prep course. At a minimum you'll need to have read the corresponding sections in the Wine Atlas and Wine Companion and made your own study notes on each region, in order to be successful.
How long do I have access to the course?
After completing the course, you'll have access for two years - across any and all devices you own.
What level of WSET should I be to take this course?

This course specifically prepares you for the Level 4 Diploma Unit 3 curriculum.

I'm a student in the Unit 3 Prep Course. Can I take the course again?
Absolutely! Just send Rachel an email asking to be added to the next session's group.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days after enrollment and we will give you a full refund. If you sell similar training programs or courses, you will not be eligible for a refund.
What format is this course in?
The course contains 10 modules, that you can take over and over for each region covered by the Unit 3 WSET Diploma curriculum. Committing info to memory is easiest when you actively quiz yourself! The master practice exam has over 1,800 key questions to help you memorize important names, places, numbers, and dates. There are also downloadable smartphone flashcards, cheatsheets, tasting flight suggestions, and printables. You will receive weekly messages from Rachel that include assignments to be submitted for feedback, such as tasting notes.. Plus, a bonus of personalized feedback from Rachel on your essay assignment.
What happens after I take the course?
You are welcome to take the course as many times as you wish. Students are encouraged to take the Prep Course as many times as they need. This is included in the initial enrollment fee.
Does the course price include taxes?
The course price listed is exclusive of local taxes. For example, residents of the EU will see VAT added at checkout.
When does the course start and finish?
The next session begins January 24th, 2019, when you will receive the first assignment from Rachel. Each week for 12 weeks, we'll work through the curriculum together (10 modules in total). You will have access to all modules upon purchase (the bonus materials are released 10 days after purchase). Registered students retain full access in between course sessions. Students who register early will have immediate access to Modules 1-10 upon enrollment.

Are you considering the WSET diploma prep course?

I recently finished the Diploma, and noticed candidates really need a site to help study and prepare for what are some very challenging exams. We do so much reading, research and studying, and spend a LOT of money on this course, so where's the mobile-friendly site that helps us learn via self-testing, with features like quizzes (lots and lots of quizzes), and flashcards for your phone (so you can study on the go)? What was needed was a framework to refresh the memory, check to see if we have weak areas that we need to review, or just a fun way to spend an hour in the evening.

I've compiled all my spreadsheets, notes, and flashcards from Unit 3 into quizzes and digital flashcards that you can use to review the material, check where you may have weak areas, and study while you're in line at the grocery store, waiting for the train, or on roadtrips. The 10 modules will lead you through a review of the curriculum and help keep you on track with your study plan.

While studying for Unit 3 theory, I bought dozens of books that were too long and dense to get through and retain the information. What I needed was something organized, easy to use, and online. The goal of this prep course is to give you a ton of challenging questions that are completely focused on the Unit 3 Diploma curriculum.

Happy studying!


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