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Important Grape Varieties of the World

WSET Diploma Field Trip

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IWEG’s newest WSET Level 4 Diploma students began their diploma studies with a weekend in Niagara wine country learning about viticulture and winemaking. 

Students kicked off the day at Arterra Wines Canada (Dorchester Road) with a presentation and facility tour on the topic of commercial winemaking. They then travelled to Stratus Vineyards to learn about viticulture practices that included a vineyard tour and tasting.

In the afternoon, they headed over to Tawse Winery to learn about organic winemaking and sparkling wine production, before finishing off their day at Rosewood Estates Winery where they learned about sustainability and natural wine making practices.

As the leading organization in wine, spirits and sake education, IWEG has offered the WSET Diploma in Canada 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 largest amount of Diploma graduates in Canada!

We wish the best of luck to our new Diploma students in their studies!

Important Grape Varieties of the World

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is the perfect wine course for anyone wishing to learn about a wide range of grapes and styles, as well as those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown and the styles of wine they produce.

You’ll learn:

  • How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
  • How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
    • Chardonnay
    • Pinot Grigio/Gris
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Riesling
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Merlot
    • Pinot Noir
    • Syrah/Shiraz
  • The style and quality of wines:
    • Made from 22 regionally important grape varieties
    • Produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world
  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:
    • Sparkling wines
    • Fortified wines
  • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
  • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
  • Principles of food and wine pairing

Upon successful completion of a 50-question multiple-choice exam, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines – IWEG
Date: Saturdays, October 22nd – November 5th at 9:30am – 4:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, November 19th – December 3rd at 9:30am – 4:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines – Wine Academy
Date: Tuesdays, October 11th – November 8th at 6:30pm – 9:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines – Prince Edward County
Date: Tuesdays, October 18th – December 6th at 5pm – 7pm
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Busting Wine Industry Jargon

Image of the back of man selecting a bottle of wine off a shelf filled with wine bottles

Wine sommeliers and salespeople can be guilty of using certain language when describing wines that can sooner offer confusion than clarity for the thirsty consumer.

While these phrases may be familiar to the seasoned industry professional, they leave much to be explained to the regular wine drinker who just wants to know what they are getting in their glass.

WSET reveals the hidden meaning behind seven common cryptic wine sayings.

Looking to start your journey in drinks education? Sign up for our Virtual Open Day 19-20 Oct, for free here.

Sommeliers Needed: Brunello Wine Tasting

Predhomme Marketing Insights is seeking Smart Service certified sommeliers to take orders and pour wine for a Brunello wine tasting on November 17, 2022. Sommeliers will be paid $25 per hour to pour these outstanding wines. Sign up here. Contact or for more information.