WSET Level 4 Diploma In Wines

Aiming for the Skies: Go Globe-Trotting with Level 4!

WSET Level 4 Diploma

in Wines Introduction

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s flagship qualification.

This qualification is suitable for those working in the wine trade or advanced wine consumers who are seeking to progress to a higher level of expertise. The Diploma is recommended for any dedicated wine enthusiast wishing to build on the knowledge gained through the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines.
It is ideal for anyone seeking to understand the global business of wine and is the preferred course of study for students ultimately intending to apply for the Master of Wine (MW) programme.

This is a professional level course requiring at least two years of full commitment from students. The Diploma is delivered in six mandatory units covering a broad range of topics including wine production, wine business, and still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world.

All teaching and materials will be in English. CET 6 English is needed as a minimum language requirement. Once registered, exams are fixed with WSET London and may not be changed.

Our Advantages

  • Unique

    We are the only provider of the fully taught WSET Level 4 Diploma course in mainland China.

  • Teaching Quality & Breadth

    Taught by Fongyee Walker MW and Dr Edward Ragg MW, who have specialised in teaching the Diploma since 2014. Visiting experts – including many Masters of Wine – also provide international insights for our Level 4 students.

  • Independence

    Diploma wine selections are rigorously and exclusively chosen by Fongyee and Edward to ensure students are exposed to the global wine samples required for this demanding qualification.

  • Cutting-edge Knowledge

    Our Diploma educators stay as up-to-date as possible about the trends, developments and advances in the wine world relevant to Diploma.

  • High Pass Rate

    DP has a consistently high pass rate for its Diploma programme compared with the global average.

  • China Student Support

    Fongyee and Edward understand the demands some students face in studying for this international qualification. Homework and theory exercises are designed to help students learn how to think critically about the world of wine at Diploma level.

DP's Educators

Keep Calm and I Will Help You Pass Your Exams!

David Xing

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Beijing
With my practical winemaking studies, I like to explain how wines are produced. I specialize in fortifieds as well as the wines of Germany, Australia and Alsace!

Chang Liu

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Beijing
I began teaching in 2000 and have taught at Tsinghua and Cambridge Universities. But with Dragon Phoenix I get to teach wine in all its facets to the widest audience possible!

Edward Ragg

Master of Wine. Co-founder of Dragon Phoenix. Tutor of the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines - Beijing
'Oh My God! You should know your WSET Level 3 by now....!'

Fongyee Walker

Master of Wine. Co-founder of Dragon Phoenix. Tutor of the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines - Beijing
I was Dragon Phoenix's first local educator! With experience in Napa, having studied at UC Davis and for the Master of Wine, I try to bring my passion and advanced knowledge to every class!

Gus Zhu

Master of Wine, WSET Certified Educator - Beijing
I believe that it is the mission of every wine lover to spread wine culture and the sheer joy of wine! J‘amais en vin, toujours en vin.

Lin Wang

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder - Dalian
With my experience in many parts of the wine industry, I like to bring my travels and professionalism together into my teaching and classes.

Linda Zhang

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Diploma Candidate - Shenyang
I'm very energetic and passionate about wine both in my classes and personal life!

Sang Liao

WSET Diploma Candidate - Beijing
I'm a university lecturer who's passionate about wine and its beauties in life!

Ying Sun

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Chongqing
I like to blend wine and culture with my background in translation and advanced studies in wine. A bit of humour always helps too!

Yonan XU

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. WSET Certified Educator - Shanghai
I believe wine can be an essential part of a happy and healthy life! Join me in furthering your understanding.

Zhu Tang

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Chengdu
I'm a wine educator who also specializes in whisky!

Wilson Zhao

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Qingdao
I am good at sharing stories that make wines alive and fun!

Xiao Lei Duan

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Beijing and Dalian


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What Our Students Say

I am a Vice President of a liquor franchising company. In 2017, I was very fortunate to study at Dragon Phoenix and have gone from being a total beginner to a WSET Level 3 Award in Wines holder, passing with ‘Distinction’. I am very thankful to Dragon Phoenix as I have gained a lot! As I work in wine selection, I am very aware of the importance of wine professionalism and developing a systematic understanding of wine. But this was something in which I felt a lack of experience. Dragon Phoenix has helped put me in the right direction and find the perfect solution. The systematic learning and training at Dragon Phoenix has helped me a lot in my work in wine selection. All my thanks to Dragon Phoenix, to Fongyee, Xing Wei, Liu Chang and Tang Zhu.


DP Advanced Wine Certificate Graduate

For me, wine is a happy thing. If I can gain knowledge, make friends and even set myself some goals while tasting wine, it can be even more fun! With Dragon Phoenix, I was fortunate to have all of these come true. Thank you!

WANG Chaozhao - Beijing

DP Advanced Wine Certificate Graduate

Studying for and completing the WSET Diploma Award in Wines and Spirits at Dragon Phoenix was not a particularly difficult experience, but it was never easy! Fongyee’s analysis of the WSET Level 4 Diploma course structure is very important and highlighted to me how, although each unit is independent, the learning is holistic. Xing Wei also provided some support with exam answering skills, which was very helpful and allowed us to understand exam strategy better.

GUO YUE - Beijing

WSET Level 4 Diploma Online Course Graduate

Learning at Dragon Phoenix is the most enjoyable educational experience I have ever been part of! The classroom atmosphere is active and comfortable; and, most importantly, the educators have super-professional knowledge and advanced teaching skills. Not to forget the great wine selections and study materials too! Dragon Phoenix is truly the top wine educational institution in China! Fongyee, Xing Wei, Liu Chang, Gus Zhu, Liao Sang… each educator has their own style, distinct personality and clear thinking! They are my wine family in Beijing. Love you guys!

Zhang Yiqun - Beijing

DP Advanced Wine Certificate Graduate, Frequent Student of DP Focus Course

I started the two-year WSET Level 4 Diploma course in September 2015. I am very fortunate to have learnt about wine from Fongyee and Edward – especially in regards to blind-tasting and wine business knowledge – because if you only count on yourself it will be a long process of accumulation. Also, in the selection of wine, Dragon Phoenix is very conscientious. They always try to use some typical but sometimes hard-to-find wines and many wines have been brought by educators when they travelled abroad. Dragon Phoenix’s logistics are, frankly, perfect. Ding Li (we call her “Boss Ding”), who is Dragon Phoenix’s WSET Level 4 Course Co-ordinator, works really hard to help everyone customize their study plans so that we have no worries and can concentrate on the exam. Every time exam results come out, she will inform us straight away. I must say, in the two years of studying, Boss Ding's emails and WeChat messages are my most anticipated things! Finally, I feel that my biggest motivation in learning WSET Level 4 is the inspiration from Fongyee and Edward and their attitude towards wine. After I passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines, my curiosity about wine became even stronger and I am now eager to continue learning even more.


WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines Graduate