Charlotte graduated from Lincoln University with a Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology in 1997. After completing her degree, she moved to Australia for a harvest and 19 years later is still there.
Charlotte completed vintages in the Hunter Valley, Barossa and Yarra Valley. Eager to gain international experience Charlotte travelled to France to complete vintages in the Languedoc and later Chablis where her Chardonnay fascination began leading her to one of the greatest Chardonnay regions in Australia, Margaret River. Over the next 5 years she became intimately familiar with Margaret River Chardonnay as a winemaker at Devil’s lair Winery. In 2009 combining her practical and technical knowledge Charlotte began lecturing winemaking and sensory evaluation at Curtin University , Margaret River. A few years later she started her own wine education business teaching WSET courses.
The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) provides high-quality education in wines and spirits to more than 43,000 people every year around the globe. It was established in London in 1969 and currently offers its prestigious wine courses in over 55 countries and 16 languages. The WSET® has become the foremost international organization in the field of wines and spirits education, and offers a suite of sought after qualifications that are considered to be the gold standard in wine education.
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine.
For individuals new to wine study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
The main types and styles of wine
Common wine grapes and their characteristics
How to store and serve wine
The principles of food and wine pairing
How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
WSET's Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.
This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.
How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
The style and quality of wines:
made from 22 regionally important grape varieties
produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world
How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:
Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
An advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts.
For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
How these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal
still wines of the world
sparkling wines of the world
fortified wines of the world
How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality
How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)