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WSET Level 3 Certification Debuts in India

Posted: Monday, 19 September 2011 11:53

WSET Level 3 Certification Debuts in India

Sep 19 : Although WSET Level 1 and 2 courses are already being conducted for a few years in India, it is the first time that a WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate Course in Wines and Spirits has been completed with a core team of ITC F& B professionals taking the prestigious course taught by a visiting Master of Wine Charles Crawfurd in Delhi last week

Click For Large ViewA batch of 18 young wine professionals from different ITC luxury hotels in India were selected and first given 5-day training by Tulleeho which also conducted the Level 3 certification course for the group.

Spearheading the programme for ITC  Hotels was Niladri Dhar, a Certified Sommelier who returned from New Zealand and joined the company in June this year as Beverage Manager with the objective of raising the bar of the group wine programme, education and professionalism. He took the group through a 45-day grind that included numerous wine tastings to prepare them for the exam which involves blind tastings as well. He finished his WSET Diploma-Level 4 last year and hopes to register for MW. Interestingly, according to the regulations of the Wine and Spirits Educations Trust which offers 4 levels of certification culminating in a Diploma, each level may be instructed by an individual holding at least one level of higher certification. Level 4 may be undertaken under the supervision of an MW or an experienced level 4 Diploma holder duly accredited by the Trust.

On receiving the Press Release by Tulleeho on the conclusion of the ‘first ever WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits in India,’ delWine made a few discreet enquiries on the authenticity of the claim. No one has yet come forward with a contradiction. A direct query to the organizers elicited a cautious response from Vikram Achanta. CEO of Tulleeho Academy who says, ‘as far as we know this is the first one done by a hotel chain.’ 

Crawfurd treaded carefully initially as it was his first time in the sub-continent. But by the end of the course, he seemed very pleased. Vikram Achanta, CEO of Tulleeho says, ‘we have already trained 150 wine professionals in WSET level 1 and 2 qualifications. Level 3 as a next step was long awaited and has finally happened.’ He plans to now organize an open Level 3 session in January 2012 at Mumbai where the wine consumption is the highest in the country. “Wine costs are one of the major concerns while organizing a course of this level. We are trying to beat such odds and will surely bring the Level 3 for those interested,” he adds.



Subhash Arora Says:

Your best bet is Delhi or Mumbai. Arora

Posted @ February 23, 2019 12:20


Rohit Says:

I m in Udaipur so I was wondering that how can I do this course .. Plz provide insight..

Posted @ February 23, 2019 16:20


Subhash Arora Says:

Sorry. You may do Wset-2 without 1 but for 3 you must do 2 first. Besides, you will learn something in 2. Do u want to learn about wines or mug up to pass the exam?

Posted @ October 23, 2011 15:57


Rajnish Says:

Hi i m interested in west level 3 . Is it possible to opt for level 3 directly . Thanks

Posted @ October 23, 2013 13:20


Subhash Arora Says:

To the best of my knowledge it is not available in Hyderabad. But we are posting the comment in case someone plans a course, they can contact you. Arora

Posted @ March 19, 2011 17:01


Abhirup Bokan Says:

i.d like to do the wset course in hyd..please can you tell me whether is it available in hyderabad and what are the fees for the same.

Posted @ March 19, 2013 16:20


Vivek Says:

Hi, i am looking for wset level 3 certification in india can you please let me know any future schedules in india.

Posted @ November 30, 2011 11:16


Ram Gopal Says:

I Am Interested In This Course. Please Send Me The Details.Thanks Ram Gopal

Posted @ April 26, 2011 15:22


Subhash Arora Says:

I thought you had conducted Level 2. I had made some enquiries-but within India. I am glad you have clarified. Subhash.

Posted @ September 20, 2011 11:22


Stephen Mack Says:

Hi Subhash I am afraid that this is not the first time a WSET Level 3 course has been held in India. As the CEO of Asia Wine Service & Education Centre (AWSEC) and Asia's only WSET Level 4 Diploma course tutor, I personally conducted such a course in Delhi in June 2011. In fact, you and I shared a glass of Sherry during a break in the course. Clearly I failed to make you aware that it was a WSET Level 3 course that I was running and I am now happy to correct my mistake. I am delighted to inform you that 8 students passed the WSET Level 3 course with 2 achieving Pass with Distinction and 5 achieving Pass with Merit, results which reflect very highly on the standard of wine students in India. AWSEC looks forward to continuing to pioneer wine education in India by being the first WSET course provider to run the WSET Level 1 and Level 2 course in Wine Service. Anyone interested in joining our courses is welcome to email me direct on

Posted @ September 20, 2011 11:14


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