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WSET Diploma Unit Five — Fortified Wine ONLINE

Quick Details

Cost – $700

What you’ll learn

Students will learn how the grape growing environment, viticulture options, winemaking options, labeling terms and wine business influences the style, quality and price of the principal fortified wines of the world, as well as demonstrate the ability to taste and evaluate fortified wines accurately.

Class Format

The Online D5 course matches students with an educator based out of London in a Canvas classroom. The educator engages with students in that platform, but there is no lecture or video component.


The exam consists of a 90-minute open response and blind tasting of 3 wines. Exams must be sat in person at our Houston location. They are offered only a few times per year, and advanced registration is required.

Registration Requirements

Students must be registered for the Diploma program, and have taken the Units 1 & 2 exams before starting Unit 5.

The Diploma is only offered in English.  The Texas Wine School is not equipped to provide support for students who do not speak English fluently.

Students with special educational needs or disabilities should reach out to with requests for accommodations.

For more details and specific learning objectives for the course, review the Course Specification.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

Registration fees are non-refundable. Cancellations of a class at least 72-hours prior to the first class are eligible for a refund.

Re-Scheduling Exams

The exams and assessments for WSET Level 4 courses have fixed exam dates, registration deadlines and re-sit fees. Exam fees are included in the cost of the course.

When you register for a WSET course, you are booked to take your exam on a specific date. This date is indicated in your course schedule.

If you know in advance that you are unable to take the exam on the scheduled date, you must notify The Texas Wine School ( at least 75 days before the exam date, in writing. Students can move to another scheduled exam date for a $40 fee.  We are NOT able to be flexible with exam times, and can only offer exams in accordance with WSET approved dates.

Postponing an exam date made within 75 days of the originally scheduled exam date will result in a full exam fee of $300.

In the event of a personal or family emergency, fees may be waived, subject to verification and approval from WSET.