Excellence In Wine, Spirits And Sake Education Since 1977


The Independent Wine Education Guild will be closed for the holidays starting at noon on December 17th.  We will reopen and respond to your email inquiries on Tuesday, January 4th.  Please do not leave voicemail messages during this time.

You can register and pay for all of our winter 2022 courses during the holiday season by selecting PayPal as the payment method; a PayPal account is not required.  For online courses starting on January 10th, we require your payment no later than December 17th at noon.

Tax receipts for courses paid for in 2021 are available for download in your IWEG student profiles from January 1st until January 24th.

COVID - 19 Update
October 22, 2021

                                            Update on Winter 2022 Semester Programs
The Ontario government has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long Term which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022.

Beginning October 25, 2021, this plan permits the lifting of capacity limits in a number of settings, including indoor meeting and event spaces, where proof of vaccination is required. 

While the health and safety of our students, instructors, partners and staff continues to be our top priority, IWEG has already put in place a mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for all in-person tasting workshops, examinations and classes. We will cautiously and selectively begin to return to in-person delivery for many of our wine, spirits and sake courses scheduled for the Winter 2022 Semester.

All Winter 2022 courses and educational activities will be delivered with a focus on safety and according to public health and government requirements.  If different protocols are put in place by public health or government officials, we will adapt our plans as necessary. 

We will continue to keep you updated on what you can expect for your overall student experience at the Independent Wine Education Guild. The following operating procedures will be implemented for the Winter 2022 Semester:

  • In-class learning: will resume selectively for specific courses, including tastings (please check the course description), as well as in-person examinations.
  • Online / remote delivery of courses and classes: all WSET online courses, as well as remote delivered courses via the Zoom videoconferencing platform, remain unchanged and will proceed as scheduled for the Winter 2022 Semester.
  • Remote invigilation examinations: remote invigilation examinations for WSET Levels 1 and 2 Awards will continue as planned for the Winter 2022 Semester.
  • Student support: our staff are here to help support, as best we can, students and instructors. Please note that all of our staff continue to work remotely, as much as possible, and should be contacted by email. 

Paul Miles
Executive Director

Why Study at the Independent Wine Education Guild?

The Independent Wine Education Guild is the original and only Canadian school to offer all programs and qualifications of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) - including the flagship WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine program - leading to internationally recognized certification in Wine, Spirits and Sake. 

WSET programs, widely considered the gold standard in wine education, are now offered in more than seventy countries across the globe. IWEG is the recipient of the prestigious WSET Lifetime Achievement Award for spearheading establishment of the WSET programme in Canada and for excellence in wine and spirit education since 1977.

We also offer Wine Scholar Guild's French Wine Scholar (FWS), Italian Wine Scholar (IWS)  and Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) courses, as well as Wines of Chile and Wines of Portugal Academy certification. Our unique Ontario’s Brave New Wines course, developed in conjunction with Ontario Craft Wineries, leads to Ontario Wine Specialist certification.

Our scheduling is diverse and flexible, offering in-class or online study; day or evening classes; and condensed or less intensive formats as well as custom corporate programming.

With over forty years of operation, the Independent Wine Education Guild is passionate about helping our students achieve their personal or professional goals. Our instructors are first and foremost professionally trained educators, as well as subject-area experts, dedicated to student engagement and success. Many of our WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine (and Spirits) graduates have progressed to assume leadership roles in the Drinks and Hospitality industries in Canada.

We have higher than global average pass rates for WSET courses, and offer a unique student experience, including, proprietary study aids, the availability of study scholarships and field trips made possible by our Sponsors and trade partners, and a host of monthly networking events and sought after master-classes at the school.

We welcome the opportunity to help you find the right course for your needs. Explore our website or contact us to discuss opportunities that meet your needs and goals. 

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IWEG is a Canadian Registered Charity with Business Number 10808 4682 RR0001. Courses offered are HST exempt and tuition tax receipts are issued annually.

Institute of Master of Wine at IWEG

Date:  April 16, 2018

Time:  5:00-6:30pm

Master of Wine is the most prestigious title in the world of wine, in one of the world's most important wine communities.  This in-depth session about the MW study programme will provide information on entrance requirements, programme structure, and fees, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the programme from Masters of Wine Eugene Mlynczyk MW and Igor Ryjenkov MW, and Penny Richards, the Institute's Executive Director.

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