NEW: Wine & Spirit Education Trust Courses in partnership with Dartington Hall

The West of England Wine School celebrates its 50 years of WSET training in the South West by running a series of WSET courses in conjunction with Dartington Hall, an inspiring, 1200-acre cultural destination just outside the ancient market town of Totnes.

We have an upcoming WSET taster session at Dartington on 12th September. Details are available here.

For questions about our other forthcoming courses email Lys at

  • Find Dartington Hall: Dartington Hall, Totnes, TQ9 6EL. Google Maps
  • Venue contact telephone: 01803 847000

Why take a wine and spirits education course?

Do you enjoy tasting wine, savouring differences between grape varieties and deciding what wines will best match your signature dish?

Tasting wine seriously with like-minded people is a great way to learn and the experience is even better when it is within a well-structured framework, like those of the WSET courses. The technical aspects and tasting vocabulary have been evolved by the trade and set down in an easily understood format to enable everyone to assess the quality of a wine and its flavours in a similar way.

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust has developed a series of courses to complement these interests. The courses range from an introductory Level 1 on wine or spirit basics, through to an intensive two-part Level 4 Diploma. Each level is tutor-led, and at the West of England Wine School we have a team of tutors to take different specialities.

  • Level 1 places tasting technique and food & wine matching centre-stage.
  • Level 2 concentrates on major grape varieties, regions and vinification.
  • Level 3 is an in-depth study of wine, its production and importance.
  • Level 4 Diploma is a professional qualification, using the information you learn to make informed decisions on wines and the wine world.

Why choose the West of England Wine School?

We’re proud to be delivering exceptional wine and spirits tutoring in the south west for over 50 years. We have a long and successful record of training at every level of the WSET programme.


  • We have a team of trainers, many of them Masters of Wine, rather than relying on a single voice;
  • We provide high quality teaching on your doorstep in both Bristol and at Dartington Hall, as well as offering private WSET courses for trade businesses across the south west;
  • We are deeply committed to trade training and many of our trainers are still active in the wine trade and established experts in their field.

Upcoming WSET Courses at Dartington Hall

WSET L1 in Wines

£197.00 | Next course dates tbc

The WSET Level 1 is an introduction to the major grape varieties used throughout the world, and concentrates mainly on wine styles, tasting technique, and food & wine matching.

If you’d like to study with us on the WSET at Dartington, please download the below application form and send it to


WSET L1 in Spirits

£197.00 | Next course date tbc

The WSET Level 1 Spirits course is a beginner level introduction to Spirits. For individuals new to the subject, this qualification offers a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits. You’ll explore the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas.

If you’d like to study with us on the WSET at Dartington, please download the below application form and send it to

About Dartington Hall

Medieval Dartington Hall was restored in the early part of the 20th Century by pioneers Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, who were inspired to pour their considerable wealth into the creation of a series of initiatives in farming, forestry and education. Dartington quickly became a centre of creative activity attracting artists, writers, musicians and philosophers from around the world and education is still an important part of their work.