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Diploma in Professional Wine Management (Sommelier), Level 6

  • Full Time
  • 36 Weeks
  • March 2021
  • NZ$8,850*
  • NZQA Credits

PENDING NZQA APPROVAL: Designed for winery, hospitality, hotel and tourism professionals, complete the WSET® Award in Wine Levels 1 - 3 in a single qualification along with modules sales, destination marketing and business management.

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New opportunities for careers in wine have recently become available, reflecting global interest and demand for fine wines.

The New Zealand School of Food & Wine is the only WSET® authorised provider in New Zealand offering a 36 week classroom based teaching programme. 

This intensive programme offers hospitality professionals or wine enthusiasts both an NZQA Accredited Level 6 Diploma alongside the internationally recognised WSET qualifications. By completing this programme, students will gain a through understanding of the principle wines and spirits of the world and key factors influencing style, quality and value.

Class Structure

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the winery, retail, hospitality, hotel, and tourism sectors with individuals who are able to apply knowledge of international wine, spirits and alcoholic beverages, and their markets, to work in customer services, sales, or leadership roles.

Graduates will be able to work independently and apply knowledge of destination marketing concepts and sales management tools across a range of businesses.

To ensure you receive all of the training required to operate within the hospitality industry you will also receive your Food Safety and Licence Controller qualifications.


  • Enhance brand value through identifying New Zealand wine regions, knowledge of market conditions, and comparison and contrast of their leading wine styles.

  • Apply knowledge of the characteristics of wine and other alcoholic beverages to advise customers in wineries, retail, hospitality, hotels and tourism business.

  • Apply knowledge of international styles of wine, grape varieties and wine regions to describe, compare and contrast in accordance with formal tasting methodologies.

  • Apply knowledge of spirits and liqueurs to compare and contrast their characteristics and prepare premium cocktails for service.

  • Identify and compare market conditions for winery, retail, hospitality, hotel and tourism businesses and analyse opportunities for Food and Wine Tourism.


Graduates can go on to study:

  • Certificate in Cookery Level 4


Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work across a wide range of winery, retail, hospitality, hotel and tourism businesses as wine and beverage professionals.  

Roles may include food and beverage supervisor, cellar door host/supervisor, and wine sales representative.


WSET® is the qualification awarding division of the London Wine & Spirit Education Trust and accredited by the British qualifications authority. These qualifications are essential for students wishing to study for the Masters of Wine. You will earn four WSET® Awards in this programme.

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Programme Pending NZQA Approval

This programme is currently with NZQA for final approval. NZSFW expects approval to be completed in 2020, in time for the 2021 academic year. 


  • March 2021


  • Tuesday - Friday
  • 9am - 2:30pm
  • Work placement: 60-80 hours

Page Updated: 15 Oct 2020

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