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Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Wines)
證書(單元 : 葡萄酒中級鑑賞)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code
2245-3502AW... more Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
06 Aug 2024 (Tue)
30 hours
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
HK$12,000 per programme inclusive of:
1.) Study Guide for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines in English
2.) Student study pack for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines in English
3.) about 58 Wines for tasting
4.) Test Fee for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines qualification
5.) Test Fee for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines qualification
6.) WSET certificates & pins
Deadline on 01 Aug 2024 (Thu)
2520 4607 / 2867 8483
How to Apply

Apply now if you are interested! Let's set Wine & Spirits as your new learning target in 2024! This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund (CEF)* 此課程已列入持續進修基金 CEF 認可課程*


This programme is intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge of wines. It is suitable to those wine enthusiasts so that they can deepen and broaden their wine knowledge for social and leisure purpose; and those who wish to work with wines as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail, wholesale and hospitality sectors.

This programme is designed to provide a sound introduction to wines. Students will be introduced to the key stages in grape growing and winemaking, different types and styles of wines produced from internationally and regionally important grape varieties. Through a combination of tasting and theory, students will also learn how to interpret wine labels from the main wine-producing regions of the world, and provide basic guidance on appropriate selection and service, as well as understand the principles of wine tasting and evaluation.

This programme is very useful for those who wish to work with wines as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail, wholesale and hospitality sectors, since students will acquire the job skills and competencies to answer customer enquiries and provide recommendations for the storage and service of wine.


Intended Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • describe the key stages in grape growing and winemaking;
  • assess the environmental influences and grape-growing options in the vineyard and how these will impact the style and quality of wine;
  • discuss how winemaking and bottle ageing influence the style and quality of wine;
  • illustrate how environmental influences, grape-growing options, winemaking and bottle ageing influence the style and quality of wines made from the principal grape varieties;
  • explain the style and quality of wines produced from regionally important black and white grape varieties;
  • discuss how the production process can influence the styles of sparkling and fortified wines; and
  • outline the key principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine, and in the pairing of food and wine.



  1. Students can taste about 58 samples of wines during the course of their studies, and they are systematically arranged by classroom session.
  2. Our wine courses are taught by qualified wine professionals who are also experienced in wine education.
  3. Our wine courses will be delivered by a single teacher throughout the entire course to ensure consistency in content and teaching style.
  4. All wines are carefully and impartially selected from different recognized wine suppliers to suit the genuine needs of the courses.
  5. All wines are tasted according to WSET requirements as benchmarks samples from around the world.
  6. Small class-size in all wine courses brings about better teaching and learning, and enhances teacher-student interaction.

Programme Details

The programme consists of 30 face-to-face teaching hours, 3 hours in each session with wines tasting, and they are structured into 10 sessions with the following key topics. An additional session (1 hour) for Test 2 will usually be scheduled within two weeks after the last session.




Key stages in grape growing and winemaking


Types, characteristics and styles of wines from the principal grape varieties


Key principles and practices involved in the storage and service of wine


Food and wine pairing


Environmental influences and grape-growing options in the vineyard


Winemaking and bottle ageing


Factors affecting the style and quality of wines made from principal grape varieties


Style and quality of wines produced from regionally important black and white grape varieties


Impact of production process on the styles of sparkling and fortified wines


you will learn different types of grape varieties:


Grape Varieties

  Grape Varieties


Zinfandel 17 Riesling


Primitivo 18 Sémillon/Semillon


Chenin Blanc 19 Furmint


Pinot Noir

20 Sauvignon Blanc


Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

21 Chardonnay


Gewurztraminer 22 Viognier



23 Albariño



24 Syrah/Shiraz
9 Garganega 25 Cabernet Sauvignon
10 Fiano 26 Gamay



27 Grenache/Garnacha
12 Cortese 28 Tempranillo
13 Verdicchio 29 Carmenère
14 Barbera 30 Malbec
15 Sangiovese 31 Corvina
16 Montepulciano    
  • The programme covered red wines, white wines, sweet wines, rosé wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines.
  • 4-7 wine samples will be normally provided for tasting in each session


Textbooks (included in the course fee) & Specification

Study Guide for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines


Student study pack for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Level 1 Award in Wines Programme Specification Spec
Level 2 Award in Wines Programme Specification Spec2


Assessment and Awards

There are two pieces of assessments in this programme, Test 1 and Test 2, in Multiple Choice question formats. Setting and marking of the two Test papers are conducted by WSET.  

Students have to obtain ‘Pass’ on BOTH Test 1 (50%) and Test 2 (50%) for completion of this Certificate for Module programme. Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates will be awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE the Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Wines) (證書(單元 : 葡萄酒中級鑑賞)).  

Assessment Type and Weighting

Assessment Format and Duration

Pass Mark

Test 1 (50%)

30 Multiple Choice Questions (45 minutes)

70% and above
Test 2 (50%) 50 Multiple Choice Questions (60 minutes) 55% and above

Note: Students may apply to resit the Test if they are unsuccessful, subject to a fee.

In addition, graduates of this programme with a mark of 70% attained in Test 1 will be awarded by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) a WSET certificate ‘WSET Level 1 Award in Wines’ and lapel pin; Graduates of this programme with a mark of 55% attained in Test 2 will be awarded by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) a WSET certificate ‘WSET Level 2 Award in Wines’ and lapel pin. Graduates will also be able to use the associated WSET certified logo on their name cards.


HKU SPACE Wine Alumni Association (WAA)

alumni logo

Students are eligible to be a member of HKU SPACE Wine Alumni Association (WAA) after completion of the course. On a regular basis, the executive committee will post the latest updates and promotional materials on the availability of the seminars and events, discounts and offers on the Facebook at; Email will also be sent for information.



Life Membership Fee is HK$200 to current students and alumni of all HKU SPACE wine/spirits/sake/beer programmes. Majority of WAA events are hosted by leading figures in the wine industry. All events are exclusive to members, and sometimes with their guests.


Future Events
  • Wine tastings
  • Wine dinners
  • Master classes
  • Wine seminars
  • Idea sharing programmes
Application Code 2240-1496AW -
Start Date 06 Aug 2024 (Tue)
Application Code 2240-1498AW -
Start Date 24 Aug 2024 (Sat)
Application Code 2245-3502AW -
Start Date 26 Sep 2024 (Thu)
Application Code 2245-3504AW -
Start Date 05 Sep 2024 (Thu)

  • 30 hours

Class Details

upcoming classes

Application Code

Date and Time


(Medium of Instruction)



Application Deadline


6, 13, 20, 27 August;


3, 10, 24 September;


8, 15, 22 October 2024





Raymond So


(Cantonese supplemented with English)

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines: 27 August 2024


WSET Level 2 Award in Wines: 5 November 2024

IEC 1 Aug 2024

24, 31 August;


7, 14, 21 September 2024






Susanna Poon


(Cantonese supplemented with English)

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines: 14 September 2024


WSET Level 2 Award in Wines: 5 October 2024

IEC 1 Aug 2024

26 September;

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October;

7, 14, 21, 28 November 2024





Jack Cheung


(Cantonese supplemented with English)

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines: 17 October 2024


WSET Level 2 Award in Wines: 12 December 2024

ISP 15 Augsut 2024

5, 12, 19, 26 September;

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October;

7 November 2024





Lawrence Wong


(Cantonese supplemented with English)

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines: 26 September 2024


WSET Level 2 Award in Wines: 21 November 2024

IEC 15 Augsut 2024
  • The programme team reserves the right to change the above timetable if necessary.
  • All classes are subject to sufficient enrolment.
  • Re-assessment fee for WSET Level 1 Awards: HKD700,Re-assessment fee for WSET Level 2 Awards: HKD950



Mr. Chris So

Mr. Chris So

Chris has great passion in wine and has been teaching about wine for the past 10 years. To endeavor professional and highest wine knowledge, he is studying the Master of Wine (MW) Programme after gaining the WSET Level 4 Diploma. Chris passed the MW practical tasting papers on his first attempt in 2012 and is now on the final stage working on his MW Research Paper. Chris is also a WSET Certified Educator, a member of Greater China Wine Critics Association, an associate member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits (AIWS) and a judge member of The Hong Kong Wine Judges Association.

Chris is a judge for the “Decanter Asia Wine Awards", "Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition” and “Everyday Bordeaux”. To strengthen his wine knowledge, Chris has travelled extensively to all major wine regions around the world including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Japan and China. Chris was awarded the "Outstanding Teacher Award of HKUSPACE College of Business & Finance 2018/19" for his teaching excellence.

 Mr. Raymond So

Mr. Raymond So

Mr Raymond So is engaged in the banking industry. He teaches wine studies as the pursuit of his ardent interest. He holds the Diploma in Wines and Spirits issued by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Mr So is currently an Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirit and a WSET Certified Educator. He has over 10 years’ experience in wine tasting. He is experienced in leading tasting discussion for inspiring students to structurally step into the wide wine world. Mr So also loves to share his experience in picking appropriate wines for fitting the banquet need of business entertainment.

 Mr. Ron Taylor

Mr. Ron Taylor

Ron, born in Scotland and a resident of Hong Kong, has been studying wine & spirits for over 30 years and lecturing for at least 12 of those years.

A Certified Educator of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), Associate of the Institute of Wine & Spirits (AIWS), a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Wine Specialist and member of the Society of Wine Educators, Member of the Association of Wine Educators, Guild of Sommeliers and the Hong Kong Wine Society.

He has taught consumers, the F&B industry and staff of leading Hong Kong wine companies in both WSET courses and bespoke material.

Ms. Jennifer Luk

Passionate about wines, Jennifer has been working as wine event organiser and wine consultant and experienced in wine education.  Focused on innovation and experiential learning, she hosts Hong Kong’s only wine tasting in complete darkness - ‘Wine Tasting in the Dark’ - to bring completely new and unique experience to wine lovers and wine learners. 

Jennifer attained sommelier introductory certification from Court of Master Sommelier and Advanced Certificate from WSET. In 2010, she was awarded the WSET/Wine Australia Travel Scholarship, as the only representative from China, Hong Kong and Macau to attend master-class in Australia. She is also a freelance wine & travel columnist for various media corporations. In recent years, she has fallen in love with running marathon in wine regions - a special way to broaden her wine traveller experience.

 Ms Katherine Wong

Ms. Katherine Wong

Katherine has an all round work experience across various sectors in the wine industry including being as a wine marketer, editor in wine magazine, wine buyer, founder of her wine business, and specialist in wine auction. 

She is an approved WSET wine educator, and has been teaching WSET courses since 2012. In her class, she is keen to share not only the wine knowledge, but also the practical industry experience. Besides WSET courses, she also teaches wine courses for hospitality students and delivers wine workshops to organizations in different industries.




Ms. Susanna Poon

Susanna is a Certified WSET Educator and WSET Diploma candidate. Her passion and courtesy in wine led her to various wine qualifications such as Champagne Expert (Distinction), Italian Wine Ambassdor at Vinitaly International Academy  She also did the Master of Champagne and Master of Rhone study to deepen her wine-making knowledge.

Susanna currently is the President of HKU SPACE Wine Alumni and Council Member of HKU SAPCE Alumni. She represented the HKU SPACE Wine team in entering the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup Blinding Tasting Competition in 2016 and 2017.
Actively devoted to the HK Wine Community, Susanna is the Chargé de Presse and Dame Chealiver of Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, member of Commanderie de Bordeaux and The Order of Knights of the Truffle and Wines of Alba. She is also appointed as the judge of Wine Luxe International Awards. Susanna’s wine team consecutively won 2 years of the HK Blind Tasting Challenge organised by the HK Wine Society in 2021 & 2022.



Mr. Jack Lun

Mr. Jack Lun

Jack has over 20 years’ solid experience in Wines & Spirits and Luxury Retail industries. He is always keen to share his passion and knowledge on Wines & Spirits to people through a lot of training and educational tasting events.

He is a Certified Educator of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), Certified Sherry Educator (Formador Homologado del Vino de Jerez) of Sherry Academy, French Wine Scholar; and he is also a holder of New Zealand Wine Professional Level 2 Certification and Chief Whisky Society Level 2 Award in Whisky.



Ms. Naoko Ikeda

Ms. Naoko Ikeda is a Japanese Wine & Sake Specialist. She is a WSET certified educator and is also conducting  tailor-made original classes. She is an Alcoholic Beverage Education & Promotion Specialist for the Japan External Trade Organization. In addition to her mother tongue Japanese, she is also fluent in French and English. She has more than 20 years of experience in the Food & Beverage Industry playing different roles as Educator, Speaker, Consultant, Buyer, Marketer and Sales Manager. She has hands-on experiences at wineries in South Africa and Spain. She has worked for one of the French wineries as Export Manager and she has been Brand Ambassador of Champagne Drappier since 2015.

Currently Naoko also works with major wine importers in Hong Kong and conducts tasting events for diverse groups. She loves pairing her homemade food with wine and wishes to spread her love of wine.


Ms. Alice Wong

Wine and healthcare seem to be contrasting elements, but as a licensed Physical Therapist and a Certified Wine Educator, Alice Wong specializes in both.  Alice’s wine journey can be traced back to the early 2000s in New York City when she started her WSET education.  Shortly after her relocation to Hong Kong in 2013, she obtained her Level 4 Diploma.  Her involvement in the wine industry is multifold, including wine education, consultation, communication, event management, and judging.  To fulfill her passion in Italian wines, she undertook the prestigious Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador Program and became the first batch of graduates of the enhanced version in 2018.  Currently, Alice is the Deputy Master of the Cavalieri del Tartufo e dei Vini di Alba – Hong Kong Delegation, and the Vice Chair of the Food & Beverage Committee of The American Club Hong Kong.  To honor her contribution in promoting Italian wines, Alice was the winner of the 2020 Hong Kong Living Influencer Award.



Mr. Lawrence Wong

Lawrence is a WSET Certified Educator and consultant to various alcoholic beverage trading companies and restaurants, with a strong focus in wine and sake. He has been passionate in wine after he studied WSET Level 2 in Wines & Spirits at HKU SPACE in 2012, he continued to study further and he is the holder of WSET Diploma in Wines & Spirits. Besides, Lawrence is also an avid sake enthusiast, he achieved WSET Level 3 in Sake and received Japanese Sommelier Association Sake Diploma International.  For the past years, he has dedicated his time in teaching aiming to share his wine and sake knowledge through conducting workshops for numerous organizations.



Chris Lai

Mr. Chris Lai

Chris Lai is a holder of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) Diploma in Wines and Spirits (Pass with Merit). He is a WSET® Certified Educator and Internal Assessor. Over the past 12 years, Chris has been active in teaching wines and spirits courses with several WSET® Approved Program Providers across the Greater Bay Area. He has also developed and organized a wide variety of wine training and workshops for renowned international department stores, F&B corporates and other institutions. With his broad sense and knowledge in culinary skills, Chris is particularly instrumental in food and wine pairing that he served as wine consultant for various wine dinners and food pairing workshops.



Jack Cheung

Mr. Jack Cheung

Jack has been working in the wine industry for more than 15 years, and he has a solid experience in the Food and Beverage service industry as Bartender, Sommelier and Beverage Director. Apart from passing WSET Level 4 Diploma for Wines and Spirits in 2016, Jack has also completed both WSET L3 Award in Sake, as well as WSET L3 Award in Spirits. Jack has strong passion in wine, sake and spirits education as he wishes to promote interest and knowledge to all enthusiasts.

Jack has been a judge for Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Challenge (HKIWSC) for the past 5 years, and has involved in international wine and spirit buying in the past 10 years with his current position as Beverage Director in a prominent clubhouse in Hong Kong.

Professional Accreditation

HKU SPACE is one owset logof the Approved Programme Providers (APPs) of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), and this programme prepares students to attempt and complete TWO  WSET wines qualifications, namely ‘WSET Level 1 Award in Winesand WSET Level 2 Award in Wines’.  This programme fully adopts all the learning outcomes, curriculum, specification, educational materials including textbooks, workbook and PowerPoints designed and provided by WSET, so that students exactly know the examination requirements and assessment criteria.

The syllabus is structured in a way that allows progressive and systematic learning by students, with the first few sessions covering the qualification award of ‘WSET Level 1 Award in Wines’; and the remaining sessions are used to introduce a higher level wines qualification ‘WSET Level 2 Award in Wines’ in order to service the demand for more in-depth knowledge and understanding of wines.

Tasting is a vital part of the WSET qualifications. Students must make themselves familiar with the WSET level 1 and level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT). Our experienced teacher will base on the WSET recommended tasting samples and choose wines samples that are benchmark expressions of their grape variety and style. Students will have an opportunity to taste about 58 different grape varieties and styles of wines during the entire programme, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and so on.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

WSET was founded in 1969 to provide high quality education and training in wines and spirits. Since then, WSET has grown into the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a suite of sought-after qualifications.  WSET qualifications are recognised internationally and are now represented in over 70 countries through the world. WSET Awards is recognised as an awarding body by the English regulator for qualifications, examinations and assessments, Ofqual. It also operates a quality management system that complies with ISO 9001:2015, and is a member of the UK’s Federation of Awarding Bodies. For details regarding WSET, please visit


Course Fee
  • HK$12,000 per programme inclusive of:
    1.) Study Guide for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines in English
    2.) Student study pack for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines in English
    3.) about 58 Wines for tasting
    4.) Test Fee for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines qualification
    5.) Test Fee for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines qualification
    6.) WSET certificates & pins

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall be aged at least 18 years or above, and do not have any health problems that made them unfit for wine tasting.

Note: Applicants who have already passed WSET Level 1/2 in Wines should approach Programme Team before application.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Wines)
證書(單元 : 葡萄酒中級鑑賞)
COURSE CODE 43C127662 FEES $12,000 ENQUIRY 2520-4607

Continuing Education Fund

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund (CEF)*
此課程已列入持續進修基金 CEF 認可課程

For more details, please visit HKU SPACE website:


Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Wines)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [3])


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Enrolment Method

Application Code:


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Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.