Introducing the Pipe of Port Wine Academy…


Back in the mid ‘70s, a High Street basement in Southend-on-Sea was converted from the storeroom of a Lipton’s Supermarket into a Wine Bar, and an Essex institution was created. Since then, The Pipe of Port has been renowned for its home cooked food and exceptional wines, as well as hosting tasting events twice a month.


The Pipe of Port has been changing the way the people of Southend experience wine for over 40 years, and now we’re taking it one step further by introducing The Pipe of Port Wine Academy, offering a range of courses that will take the enthusiastic novice all the way through to professional qualifications.


Courses we offer …

  Introduction to Wine Tasting


Relaxed and informal evening tastings that will give you all you need to know to set you on your wine journey. You’ll learn all about the basic styles of wine, as well as how to taste like the professionals.






WSET® Qualifications


About WSET® Awards


WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.













£35 (including 2-course meal)

19:30 – 21:00


  WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines

This one-day course is a great starting point for the novice wine enthusiast, or those starting a career in wine or hospitality.


This hands-on course teaches students, through sight, smell and taste, to understand more about wine. By the end of the course you’ll be able to taste wine using a systematic approach and be able to identify the main styles of wine. You’ll also learn the key principles of food and wine pairing and be able to apply these to your own food and wine choices. Full specification can be found at the link here.


Successful students will receive a WSET certificate.


Prior Knowledge:  No prior knowledge required 

Delivery:  6 hours of classroom study         

Cost:  £175 (inc. all course material)          

Time:  9:00 – 17:00                   

Dates:  TBC

Assessment:  Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 30 multiple-choice questions and the end of the study day

WSET® Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits

The most popular WSET course – offering an informative, engaging and accessible introduction to the world of wines and spirits over 3 days.


This structured and informative course explores the major grape varieties and important regions that define the world’s key wines. You’ll learn about production, key labelling terminology and major classifications to help you identify wines with confidence. A basic introduction to the main spirits categories is also provided as an online video segment and in-class revision exercise. Full specification can be found at the link here and details of the Systematic Approach to Tasting can be found here.


Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.


Prior Knowledge:  No prior knowledge is required. Students who are completely new to wine and spirits study may wish to complete the Level 1 Award in Wines first, however, this is not essential. You will be expected to read the provided text book prior to commencing the course.

Delivery:  minimum requirement of 28 hours of study time, including 16 hours of classroom delivery time.

Cost:  £385 (inc. all course material)

Time:  9:15 – 17:00                     

Dates:  TBC

Assessment:  Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions at the end of the final day’s study

WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines

A high-level course in wines for those working with wines or the serious wine enthusiast.


This six-day course will develop to a high-level your ability to describe wine accurately, and focus in detail on the style, quality and price of wines. Our experienced educators will assist you to develop your analytic tasting abilities through a carefully selected series of 82 wine samples.


Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.


Full specifications can be found at the link here and details of the Systematic Approach to Tasting can be found here.


Prior Knowledge:  This course is open to students who have passed the Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits. If you do not hold the Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, but have obtained the relevant knowledge and experience, you are eligible to gain entry through successful completion of an online entry test. 


Delivery:  This qualification has a minimum requirement of 84 hours of study time, including 30 hours of classroom delivery time.


Cost:  £685 (inc. all course material)                   

Time:  9:15 – 17:00                   


Dates:  TBC


Assessment:  The exam is assessed in two parts, which take place in the last session of the course:


- A combined theory paper consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions and four short written answer questions.

- A tasting paper consisting of a blind tasting of two wines.


A mark of 55% is required in both parts to pass.



We are accredited by the WSET® Awards as an Approved Programme Provider.





To receive a copy of our Policy Statements, please email or click here. This document covers the following policies:


- Policy for Candidates requiring Reasonable Adjustments

- Policy for Candidates requiring Special Consideration

- Policy for Mal Practice, Mal Administration and Sanctions

- Policy for the Management of Conflict of Interest

- Policy for Equal Opportunities

- Complaints Policy


Our Privacy and Data Protection Policy can be found here.



Student Information


For full Student Information details including Exam Information, FAQ’s & Terms & Conditions please click here.





If you would like to enrol onto one of our WSET courses you can book and pay online, or download a copy of our enrolment form and post or bring in to the restaurant with your payment (cheques to be made out to The Pipe of Port).





If you would like to book on to our one of our Introduction to Wine Tasting events, pop over to our Events Page.


All of our courses are available to purchase as gift vouchers from our Online Shop.




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Tuesday - Friday Dinner:



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12:00 - 16:00

18:00 - 22:00

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12:30 - 16:30


84 High Street


Essex, SS1 1JN

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