2018-20 WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits WSET

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This is an intensive, detailed study of all aspects of the wine and spirits world. This level of the program requires independent study as well as classroom work. There will be many hours of reading outside of class, and as much tasting of wine and spirits as possible. It is the only way to gain experience.

If you are interested in the WSET Diploma program and would like to learn more, give us a call and we would be happy answer your questions. +1-416-534-2570. 

IWEG Drinks Academy: The First WSET Diploma Program Provider Outside of London, UK (1977)

IWEG is a leader for the WSET curriculum; we were the first Approved Programme Provider outside of London UK. Our first Level 4 Diploma students graduated in 1988.  

With more than 165 WSET Diploma graduates, IWEG alumni play important leadership roles in the Ontario wine & spirits industry.

Our Diploma programme is different because of our passionate and professional educators dedicated to providing our students with first-class learning experiences and dynamic class environments that maximize students' success in this challenging yet exciting and rewarding programme.

       ..."thank you for your guidance and support offered over the course of my Unit 3 studies.  I felt incredibly well served by the level of professionalism and instruction experienced over the challenging schedule.Thanks again for all of your efforts." CW

Course Delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 600 hours of study time, including 118 hours of classroom delivery time. Total course cost is $8985 for two years of study and is HST exempt.  This includes study guides, in-class instruction, in-class tasting, exam fees, and a weekend in Niagara. 

Semester 1: Foundation Units 1 and 2

July 2018 - September 2018


Registration Deadline: July 16, 2018

INDUCTION - 18 July 2018 - 7-9:30pm

  • receive study pack, overview of WSET Level 4 Standard Approach to Tasting, & Candidate Assessment Guide

Unit 2: WINE PRODUCTION (A weekend in Niagara )

  • Dates: August 17-19th, 2018
  • Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
  • Final Exam: 19 September 2018
  • Viticulture, vinification, maturation, treatments and packaging 


  • Dates: 4, 11, 12 September 2018 7-9:30pm
  • Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
  • Coursework assignment due: 13 November 2018 or 9 April 2019 (a written report on a subject set by the examiners (2500-3000wds)
  • Case study exam: 12 June 2019 
  • Dynamics of the global market for alcoholic beverages, local market and marketing of alcoholic beverages

Semester 2: Special Topic Units 4, 5, and 6 + Skill Development

 October 2018 - June 2019


Registration Deadline: August 31, 2018


  • Dates: 10,17, 24 October 2018 7-9:30pm 
  • Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
  • Final Exam: 7 November 2018
  • Methods of production, types, and styles of sparkling wines


  • Methods of production, types and styles of spirits
  • Dates: 9, 16, 23, 30 January & 6 February 2019, 7-9:30PM
  • Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
  • Final Exam: 12 March 2019


  • Methods of production, types and styles of fortified wines
  • Dates: 17, 24 April & 1, 8 May 2019  7-9:30PM
  • Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
  • Final Exam: 12 June 2019

Semester 3: Light Wines of the World Unit 3

September 2019 - May 2020


Registration deadline September 3, 2019

Dates: September 2019 - May 2020  7:00pm -9:30pm

Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Final Exam: Date TBD 2020

  • Weekly classes focus on important wine regions of the old and new world, along with theory and tasting practice



 The successful completion of Level 3 Award in Wines or Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits

Study Materials

WSET study guides provided, in addition, students have access to the IWEG student course materials on this website including instructional videos, regional maps, exclusive wine industry links, among others.  Students are responsible for acquiring additional reading materials, such as the Oxford Companion to Wine.


The Diploma qualification is designed to give specialist knowledge of the principal wines and spirits of the world as well as commercial factors and a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits.  Exam and assessment dates and times are set by the WSET, are the same internationally, and cannot change. The examinations include written, multiple choice and tasting evaluations.  Passing grade for each unit is 55%.  There are 6 examinations and 1 research paper.


On Completion

Holders of the WSET Level 4 Diploma will be able to identify characteristics of the principal wines and spirits of the world, make informed assessments of a products’ quality and value and identify appropriate opportunities for the products within a given market. Diploma Level graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to underpin the job requirements in roles such as a Food & Beverage Manager, a member of a marketing team responsible for product ranges, a Wine Buyer or a Sales Executive. On completion of this qualification, a candidate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the factors affecting the production of wines and spirits and how these factors influence style, quality and commercial value in a variety of market sectors.

  • Display an understanding of the trade and legal structures of the identified wine and spirit producing regions.

  • Demonstrate specialist product knowledge of wines and spirits and apply that knowledge to make commercial decisions.

  • Through the use of the Level 4 WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Technique, identify the style, quality and commercial value of wines and spirits.

  • Produce accurate tasting notes for a range of wines and spirits.

  • Understand the commercial and economic importance of wines and spirits to global and local markets.

  • Demonstrate an ability to make informed decisions based on in-depth understanding of the global business of alcoholic beverages.

  • Present information in a format that meets business requirements.


" ...With various courses leading up to the Diploma, WSET has, along with the Master of Wine, one of the best known wine qualifications in the world. The MW may be seen as the Rolls-Royce of wine qualifications but the WSET Diploma is the Bentley - less elitest and exclusive, more accessible and, yup, more fun really."  Ian Harris CEO WSET

"WSET rocks! The best place to start (and continue) your professional appreciation of wine." - Tim Atkin MW


CANCELLATION AND WITHDRAWAL POLICY Withdrawal up to deadline date for registration of section: Refund of tuition, less $150 administration fee. Withdrawal after deadline date:  No refund, plus a re-registration fee will be applied upon next booking.

PLEASE NOTE:  The schedule provided to registered students allows for the completion of the Diploma in the WSET recommended 2 year time frame. 

Students need to discuss with the Programme Director any changes they wish to make prior to their registering to understand the options available.

Policy on changing your exam date to an alternative date.

Please note IWEG's policy on changing your exam date:

When you register for a WSET course you are booked to take your exam on a specific date. This date is indicated in your course schedule. You can view this before registering, and when you register, you will be reminded. This policy also applies to registration for resit exams.

If you decide not to write your exam on the date you are registered for, this is what you must know:

·  For WSET Level 4 Diploma you have to ask to change the date at least 75 days before the exam date.

·  You must pick a new exam date within 12 months from the start of your current course.

·  You may change your exam date a maximum of two times during the 12 months. You can choose from any exam dates/re-sit dates listed on the course page of the IWEG website. It is possible that your first choice may not work, if the exam is full.

· Each time you change your exam date, there is a $150 fee.

· After the 12-month period, from the start of your current course, if you still need to sit the exam, you will be charged an exam “re-sit” fee, which varies depending on the course, as well as the $150 fee.

·  The only exception to this policy is in case of a valid and verified personal or family emergency, subject to approval from WSET and WSG.


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Available Classes:

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits 2018, Unit 3 LIGHT WINES Started Sep. 09, 2019

Cost: $2,995
IWEG Drinks Academy - Downtown

This D3: Wines of the World course is for those who started their Diploma in August 2018   

Dates: Monday evenings, 7-9:30pm. September 2019 - May 2020 

Final Exam:  May 13th 2020 (Theory: 11am-1pm & 2pm-3:20pm) and May 14th 2020 (Tasting: 10:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-2:30pm).

Enroll for this Class ($2,995)