The Cork Wine School










The Cork Wine School was launched in 2010, it provides wine education classes for the people in the south of the country. With the unfortunate closure of the Wine Board of Ireland in the summer of 2009 there had been a void in the provision of wine education in Ireland as the Wine Board was the sole provider of WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Accredited courses in Ireland. Gary O’Donovan set up The Cork Wine School to provide people based in the south of the country with a means by which to learn about – and further their enjoyment of – the wonderful world of wine.Gary O’Donovan has over 15 years’ experience lecturing for the Wine Board of Ireland, and brings a wealth of knowledge of the wine industry and wine tasting and expertise.

In addition to courses and qualifications for those in the ‘trade’, we have an increasing number of ‘consumers’, or enthusiasts, who attend courses. They may attend a course because of a wish to gain a formal qualification or simply a desire to enhance their knowledge of the ever-increasing variety of wines and spirits being produced in the world today.




WSET® Level 2 Award Wines and Spirits (QCF)


This qualification is popular with wine and spirit employees and will give students excellent all-round product knowledge. The course is also suitable for the interested consumer.


The aim of the course is to focus on the key grape varieties and regions of the world, and principle varieties of spirits.
(Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits lapel pin).


  • How wine is made and other factors influencing the style of wine
  • Key white grape varieties
  • Key black grape varieties
  • Wine-producing regions of the world
  • Sparkling wines
  • Sweet wines and fortified wines
  • Spirits and liqueurs
  • Label terminology
  • Food and wine pairing
  •  The WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine
  • To gain the qualification students need to pass a multiple-choice paper of 50 questions

WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits (QCF)

This qualification is open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge. It is recommended that students complete the Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits before progressing to the Level 3 Award.

It is a prerequisite for candidates planning to study for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits qualification.


The aim of this course is to provide detailed analysis of the principal wines and spirits of the world. Students will also benefit from in-depth tastings where they will learn to identify product style and quality.

(Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits lapel pin)


Unit 1 – Wines and Spirits of the World

  • Production of Wine (location, viticulture, vinification, maturation and bottling, labelling regulations)
  • France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Central and South Eastern Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, North America, South and Central America
  • Sparkling Wines
  • Fortified (Liqueur) Wines
  • Spirits and Liqueurs
  • Information and Advice for Customers and Staff
  • This unit is evaluated by a multiple choice paper of 50 questions and a question paper requiring short written answers

Unit 2 – Tasting and Evaluating Wines of the World