DIPLOMA PREP: Mastering D5 (Unit 6) Fortified

Want more accountability working through your D5 studies? Let's do this!

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 program, so make sure it's a success!

Join me on a condensed overview of D5 (Unit 6) Fortified, where you'll quiz yourself to success on the wines, regions, and producers that you need to master. Included are quizzes on every wine for D5, including the base wine, fortification, and maturation process for: Sherry, Port, Madeira, Vins Doux Naturels, and Rutherglen Muscat. I created this course from the study notes, cue cards, and spreadsheets that I used to pass D5/Unit 6 with Distinction on the first try!

Each week for 5 weeks, we'll review and work our way through the D5 wines, helping keep you accountable for getting through the curriculum material.

By Module 5, we'll have reviewed each style and region, to make sure you're prepared for the big exam. Each week, you'll be guided through the material and assignments as a new module is released, with helpful prompts from me.

Module 1: Port

Module 2: Sherry

Module 3: Madeira

Module 4: Vins Doux Naturels

Module 5: Rutherglen Muscat & Miscellaneous

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!

Get ready to feel confident going into your WSET Diploma D5 theory exam

The course includes extensive quizzes for each module, plus downloadable cheat sheets, and flashcards. You will have full access to all 5 modules upon enrollment, along with helpful guidance on preparing for the final exam.

Bonus: a massive D5 master practice exam with over 1,200 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. The bonus module is released 10 days after purchase.

Want to get a head start on your WSET Diploma D5 studies? This is the course for you.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
After completing the course, you have access for two years - across any and all devices you own. You are welcome to take the course again at no additional cost!
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 and we will give you a full refund. If you sell similar training programs or courses, you will not be eligible for a refund.
Who should take this course?
This course was designed specifically for students of the WSET Diploma* (Please note we are not affiliated with WSET).
What level of WSET should I be to take this course?

This course specifically covers Level 4 Diploma D5 Fortified wines..

What format is this course in?
The course contains 5 modules, that you can take over and over for each region covered by the D5 WSET Diploma curriculum. Committing info to memory is easiest when you actively quiz yourself! The master practice exam has over 1,200 key questions to help you memorize important names, places, numbers, and dates. There are also flashcards, cheatsheets, and printables.
What supplies do I need?
You'll need 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). For this unit, we'll be using the excellent industry maintained websites of various regions to study and make notes. Websites will be provided in each module.
How much time does it take to complete this course?
Allow for 20+ hours per week to study for your D5 exam, about three hours per day. If you have more time to devote, even better, especially in the final weeks before your exam! There are 5 modules in this prep course, and at a minimum you'll need to have read the corresponding sections in the producer and regional websites provided for each unit, and made your own study notes on each region, in order to be successful.

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. A framework to refresh our 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 my D5/Unit 6 studies 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. These modules will lead you through a review of the curriculum and help keep you on track with your study plan.

While studying for D5/Unit 6 theory, I needed help self-testing for active recall of the material. 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 D5/Unit 6 Fortified wine curriculum.

Happy studying!


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