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Diploma in Professional Wine Management (Sommelier), Level 6

  • Full Time
  • 32 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 32 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, hospitality, hotel, and tourism sectors with individuals who are able to apply a comprehensive knowledge of global wine, spirit and alcoholic beverages to enhance the customer service relationships, brand values and destination marketing initiatives for these businesses.

Graduates will be able to work independently and lead, manage, train and mentor other staff.

Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Develop high-quality customer experiences in the winery, hospitality, hotel and tourism sectors by analysing and applying destination marketing concepts for food and wine tourism.

  • Evaluate New Zealand styles of wine and investigate innovative producers along with strategies used to enhance the international reputation of New Zealand wines.

  • Apply knowledge of key characteristics of wine and other alcoholic beverages to recommend food and beverage pairings for customers in restaurants, hotels, and vineyard cellar doors.

  • Evaluate leading grape varieties, labelling terms, and production methods of international wine regions, and identify characteristics which influence international demand for these wines.

  • Analyse and apply a range of sales management tools and techniques for use in winery, hospitality, hotel and tourism environments.

  • Evaluate premium international wines, spirits, Sake, and liqueurs, identifying their styles, appellation rules, and culture, and apply this knowledge to food and wine tourism concepts.

  • Evaluate contemporary marketing management strategies and apply knowledge of these strategies to enhance brand values, distribution and customer experience across a range of winery, hospitality, hotel and tourism businesses.

  • Investigate viticulture, sustainability, organic and biodynamic practices, and winemaking, to develop knowledge of wine growing methods and oenology.

  • Manage, train and mentor junior staff on sales, wine service, and communication skills to enhance the customer experience.


Graduates can go on to study:


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

Page Updated: 03 Jan 2021

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