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Don’t Wait

A man with curly hair and glasses holding up a glass of red wine to his face with his around aroud a smiling woman in a toque holding a glass of red wine. They are standing in a vineyard.

Jason is a winemaker and vineyard manager. Here’s how the Diploma supports him in his role:

I chose to pursue the Diploma to further expand my knowledge in the world of wine while also learning practices to increase both wine and grape quality. The Diploma fulfills both of these goals by building on the strong foundation the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines provided and is internationally recognized for its quality. As a winemaker and vineyard manager who had never studied either in post secondary, I felt as though the Diploma would lend a more scholarly aspect to my hands on knowledge.

The WSET Diploma is internationally regarded as one of the top wine educations an individual can achieve. The breadth and depth of the information provided during the Diploma has provided extra insight into my current role as both a winemaker and vineyard manager. The Diploma has made me think critically about things I may not have otherwise such as tank space being a very valuable resource. The regular structured tastings of wines from around the world, in all of their various styles, is paramount to my success as a winemaker. Learning what drives quality in a wine has been invaluable to me.

Advice to future candidates:
Don’t wait! This goes for everything from studying straight to enrollment. I wish I had enrolled in the Diploma years ago. The effect on my career could’ve been astonishing. As for the studying, the Diploma is a marathon of information with each unit drawing on information from the last. It takes time, and plenty of it, to fully absorb and comprehend all of this information. Most importantly it takes time to learn how to apply that knowledge best to each situation or question presented.

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines

There is one spot left available for the in-class Diploma program.
Contact diploma@iweg.org for more information.

The market-leading WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines qualification provides expert level knowledge and develops key analytical skills for success in the global wine business. Perfect for both the trade professional and the serious enthusiast, the course will arm you with specialist-level skills and experience, plus international recognition as an expert in the field of wine.

Holders of the Diploma will be able to identify characteristics of the principal wines of the world, make informed assessments of a product’s quality and value, and identify appropriate opportunities for the products within a given market.

You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to underpin the job requirements in such roles as Food & Beverage Manager, Wine Buyer or Sales Executive.

The Diploma fulfills the prerequisite for the wine qualification requirement for entry to the Master of Wine (MW) program.

The IWEG experience

As the leading organization in wine, spirits and sake education in Canada, IWEG has offered the WSET Level 4 Diploma since 1988.

Our Diploma graduates over the years have gone on to become vital members of the wine and spirits industry in Canada and worldwide. IWEG holds the record for having the largest amount of Diploma graduates in Canada!

IWEG has been offering Diploma studies for longer than any institute outside of the WSET School in London, which means we enjoy a long history of student success. Our passionate and highly qualified Diploma educators, who come from different fields within the trade, provide on-going support to help you master the analytical tasting skills and supplemental theoretical knowledge necessary to succeed.

Learn more about the in-class WSET Diploma.

Learn more about the online WSET Diploma.

Special Offer for Prosecco Day

A bottle of wine, a glass of red wine and the Italian Wine Scholar study manuals for unit 1 on the wines of Northern Italy and unit 2 on the wines of Central and Southern Italy.

In honour of Prosecco Day on August 13, IWEG is offering an incentive on our fall Italian Wine Scholar – Northern Italy (Unit 1).

Sign up by August 19th with the coupon code prosecco to save $115 at checkout. Limited quantities available.

The Italian Wine Scholar is an extensive two-unit specialist certification focused on the diverse wines and wine regions of Italy. It is designed by the Wine Scholar Guild to provide current, accurate information on all of the wine regions of Northern, Central and Southern Italy, and to validate proficiency in the wines and wine regions of the country.

Unit 1 is 16 hours and covers Northern Italy and Unit 2 is 14 hours and covers Central and Southern Italy. The course provides detailed coverage of Italian wines, as well as an introduction to Italian history, geography, viticulture and winemaking. The units can be taken in any order and are sold seperately.

You will:

  • Develop specialist knowledge of DOC and DOCG wines of 21 Italian regions
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Italian wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Taste and assess a range of Italian wines, which illustrate regional or grape varietal typicity, as well as diversity of styles by authorized Wine Scholar Guild instructors

The course is taught by authorized Wine Scholar Guild instructor Aleksandar Simic DipWSET.

Italian Wine Scholar – Northern Italy
Date: Thursdays, September 22nd – November 24th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Sign up by August 19th with the coupon code prosecco to save $115 at checkout.
Limited quantities available.

Revised and Extended – WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines Bursary from Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario

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IWEG is pleased to partner with Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario to offer two IWEG students that identify as women a $500 bursary for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines!

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have successfully completed WSET L3
  • Must be enrolled in the WSET Level 4 program
  • Must identify as women
  • Are Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, permanent residents, protected persons or international students

Applicants must provide a short cover letter introducing themselves and provide the following:

  • An essay of 700-1000 words maximum describing their background, motivation for this chosen career path and state why they would be a suitable candidate to receive the offered bursary
  • A detailed statement of their community involvement (preferably in the relevant industry
  • Submit proof of their academic excellence.

All applications should be emailed to maria.depenweiller@gmail.com. Please include in the subject line: Attn: Maria Depenweiller- IWEG application.

Once the bursary is presented, the applicant will submit a second letter of 700-1000 words describing how the bursary will assist them in achieving their career and educational goals.

Les Dames Escoffier has put together a small committee for review of applications and selection of the suitable candidates for the bursary presentation.

Applications are due by August 15, 2022.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario 
Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario (LDON) is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation. It is a leadership organization comprised of forward-thinking women who have achieved success in the food, beverage, hospitality, and tourism industries and who contribute significantly to their communities.

Their mission is to advance and support aspiring professional women in the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality, as well as to champion critical industry issues.

Career Opportunity: Marketing and Administrative Coordinator at California Wines Canada

Image of a sign in front of a vineyard with the reflection of the sun. The sign says Napa Valley, welcome to this world famous wine growing region... and the wine is bottle poetry...

California Wines Canada is looking for a new Marketing and Administrative Coordinator.

Join a small but dynamic team that celebrates all that is the Golden State of Wine.

California Wines Canada is seeking a dynamic, highly organized, self-motivated individual that can manage to keep numerous projects and activities with member wineries on track and on time. We are seeking someone who is highly skilled at the art of follow-up and follow through, in a relationship building manner. Learn more about the opportunity