The New Zealand School of Wines and Spirits


WSET® Approved Programme Provider 922

The New Zealand School of Wines and Spirits (NZSWS) was established by Jane Skilton MW to bring the world renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications to New Zealand.

All our courses are delivered by either Masters of Wine or WSET Diploma Level 4 graduates. We have the most WSET qualified tutors in New Zealand who, through their extensive knowledge of the world of wine ensure that all students have the best possible learning experience. In the last thirteen years we have taught winemakers, viticulturists, cellar door staff, marketers, restaurant owners, bar staff, sommeliers, winery owners and lots of interested consumers.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust was founded in 1969 to provide high-quality wine education to the UK trade. Today, the WSET is the largest global provider of qualifications in the field of wines and spirits and teaches both the trade and consumers.  WSET courses are currently available in 72 countries and in the 2017/18 academic year 94,822 people registered to sit a WSET examination.

“NZSWS has a knack for making wine education entertaining and accessible”

New Zealand Herald


“It was really, really fun and I learned a lot from you. Much appreciated. Look forward to catching up with you again on a future course”


The New Zealand School of Wines and Spirits offers all 4 WSET qualification levels. We appreciate that some people may want a fun one-day course to help them understand more about wine, whilst others are looking to continue their studies and work up to level 4 Diploma qualification.

  • Level 1 Award in Wines English

  • Level 1 Award in Wines Mandarin

  • Level 1 Award in Sake

  • Level 2 Award in Wines English

  • Level 2 Award in Wines Mandarin

  • Level 3 Award in Wines

  • Level 3 Award in Sake

  • Level 4 Diploma in Wines

NZSWS is the leading WSET provider in New Zealand and the only school approved to teach the WSET Level 4 Diploma. Course dates and prices can be found by clicking on AVAILABLE COURSES.

“Tuesday’s WSET 1 class was fantastic — thank you so much, I thoroughly enjoyed it and the wines you so generously had us taste”



Having successfully taught WSET qualifications for the last 13 years, NZSWS is confident that students will receive the best possible learning experience. We have a team of experienced and enthusiastic tutors each of whom holds either the WSET Diploma or the Master of Wine qualification.  NZSWS is proud to work with some of New Zealand's best wine merchants (Maison Vauron, Wine Direct, Planet Wine, Mineral, Glengarry, Manifesto Wine Company and Truffle Imports) to source fine wines from around the world.

Contact Us:

PO Box 8673, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150