2019-21 WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines WSET

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Starting September 2019 - May 2021

Deadline to register : 28 June 2019.

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.

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 current pass rate for the most rigorous component, "Wines of the World", is 22 percent higher than the global average pass rate for this unit of study.

Our passionate and highly qualified Diploma educators, who have gone through teacher training and 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.

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. 

Graduates 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.

This is a rewarding, demanding and challenging program. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in all activities, accessing all of the study tools provided to facilitate success. This level of the program requires significant independent study as well as classroom work. Students should be prepared to dedicate substantial amounts of study time, and as much tasting of wine as possible, to successfully complete the course.

 

On completion of this qualification, a candidate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the factors affecting the production of wine 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 wine.

  • Produce accurate tasting notes for a range of wines

  • Understand the commercial and economic importance of wine in global and local markets.

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

  • Present information in a format that meets business. requirements.

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


Course Delivery and Tuition

 
This qualification has a minimum requirement of 500 hours of study time, including 128 hours of classroom delivery time. 
 
Tuition is exempt from HST. Payment can be made all at once ($9,200) or 12 recurring payments of $790. If you would prefer a payment option, please email krystenne@iweg.org.
 
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 a 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
 

" ...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, mre 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

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Please Note:  Students are registered into the study schedule as a class and are expected to complete their studies and assignments as scheduled.  Any change in the curriculum will result in additional fees. Please be sure to discuss any changes with the IWEG Diploma Coordinators.

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 Levels 1 to 3 and WSG courses, you have to ask to change the date at least 15 daysbefore the exam date, by writing to admin@iweg.org.

·  For WSET Level 4 Diploma you have to ask to change the date at least 75 days before the exam date, by writing to admin@iweg.org.

·  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.


Diploma 2019-2021 

DRAFT SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Diploma Information Session  Tuesday 28 May 2019. 6:30-8 pm  

Unit D1: Wine Production

You will learn about vine production; anatomy of the vine and grape; grape growing options, including explaining and evaluating the different approaches and how these options affect grape yields, quality and the final wine produced; natural factors in the vineyard and how they influence the vine’s ability to produce grapes for wines of different styles, quality levels and price; and winemaking and post-fermentation options and how they influence the style, quality and price of wines.

Unit Instructors:

  • Dr. Andrew G. Reynolds, Professor of Viticulture, Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute
  • Wendy McFadden-Smith, Horticulture IPM Specialist, Vineland – Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs;
  • Sue-Anne Staff, Proprietor and Winemaker of Sue Anne Staff Winery (obtained her formal education in winemaking from the renowned Roseworthy College, University of Adelaide, South Australia)
  • Eugene Mlynczyk, Master of Wine, DipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, IWEG Instructor of the Year 2014, Luxury Portfolio Manager, Arterra Wines Canada

Class 1: Saturday 24 August - Niagara Day Trip

Class 2: Wednesday 4 September 2019, 7-9:30pm

Class 3: Wednesday 11 September  2019, 7-9:30pm

Class 4: Wednesday 18 September 2019, 7-9:30pm

Class 5: Wednesday 25 September 2019, 7-9:30pm

Class 6: Wednesday 2 October 2019, 7-9:30pm

Final Exam: Monday 28 October 2019, 7-8:30pm

                                                                       

D2: Global Business                                                  

You will learn about the types of businesses engaged in wine production and the options for getting wine to the point of sale; the factors that contribute to the price of wine; and key considerations in wine marketing.

Unit instructors:

  • Eugene Mlynczyk, Master of Wine, DipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, IWEG Instructor of the Year 2014, Luxury Portfolio Manager, Arterra Wines Canada
  • Peter Wearing, DipWSET, Managing Director of The Small Winemakers Collection (Andrew Peller Ltd.), WSET Certified Educator

Class 1: Wednesday 13 November 2019, 7-9:30pm

Class 2: Wednesday 20 November 2019, 7-9:30pm

Class 3: Wednesday 27 November 2019, 7-9:30pm

Final Exam: Wednesday 22 January 2020, 11:30am-12:30pm

                                                                       

D6: Research Paper                                       

You will research a specified wine-related subject.

Unit instructor:

  • Christopher Waters, DIpWSET, Director of Education at IWEG, WSET Certified Educator, BA English Literature, University of Waterloo

Class 1: Wednesday 12 February 7-9:30pm

Submission: Wednesday 31 July 2020 before 5pm

                                                                       

D4: Sparkling Wine                                                                 

You will learn how grape-growing, winemaking, maturation, wine law and wine business influence the style, quality and price of the principal sparkling wines of the world and how to taste and evaluate sparkling wines using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine(SAT).

Unit instructors:

  • Elsa Macdonald, Master of Wine, DipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Certified by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, Certified Bordeaux Tutor through L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux, Director of Wine Education, Arterra Wines Canada
  • Nancy Reynolds, DipWSET, WSET Certified Wine Educator, French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar (Highest Honours), Certified Bordeaux Tutor through L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux and a Rhone Master through Inter-Rhone, IWEG Instructor of the Year 2015
  • Eugene Mlynczyk, Master of Wine, DIPWSET, WSET Certified Educator, IWEG Instructor of the Year 2014, Luxury Portfolio Manager, Arterra Wines Canada

Class 1: Wednesday March 11 2020, 7-9:30pm

Class 2: Wednesday March 18 2020, 7-9:30pm

Class 3: Wednesday March 25 2020, 7-9:30pm

Class 4: Wednesday April 1 2020, 7-9:30pm

Final Exam: Tuesday 9 June 2020, 1:30pm-3pm

                                                                       

D5: Fortified Wine

You will learn how grape-growing, winemaking, maturation, wine law and wine business influence the style, quality and price of the principal fortified wines of the world and how to taste and evaluate fortified wines using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine(SAT).

Unit instructors:

  • Port – Eugene Mlynczyk, Master of Wine, DipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, IWEG Instructor of the Year 2014, Luxury Portfolio Manager, Arterra Wines Canada
  • Sherry – Caitlin Ferguson, DipWSET, Certified Sherry Educator (Regulatory Council of Jerez), Master's thesis on the 'Sherry Rennaissance' (Open University of Catalonia)
  • Madeira –  Paul Miles, DipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Consultant to the Madeira Wine Company

Class 1: Wednesday 8 April 2020    7-9:30pm

Class 2: Wednesday 15 April 2020    7-9:30pm

Class 3: Wednesday 22 April 2020    7-9:30pm

Class 4: Wednesday 29 April 2020    7-9:30pm

Class 5: Wednesday 6 May 2020    7-9:30pm

Final Exam: Tuesday 9 June 2020    3:30pm-5pm

                                                                       

D3: Wines of the World

You will learn how grape-growing, winemaking, maturation, wine law and wine business influence the style, quality and price of the principal still wines of the world and how to taste and evaluate still wines using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine(SAT).

Unit instructors:

  • Peter Wearing, DipWSET, Managing Director of The Small Winemakers Collection (Andrew Peller Ltd.), WSET Certified Educator
  • Eugene Mlynczyk, Master of Wine, DipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, IWEG Instructor of the Year 2014, Luxury Portfolio Manager, Arterra Wines Canada
  • Elsa Macdonald, Master of Wine, DipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Certified by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, Certified Bordeaux Tutor through L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux, Director of Wine Education, Arterra Wines Canada
  • Christopher Waters, DIpWSET, Director of Education at IWEG, WSET Certified Educator, BA English Literature, University of Waterloo
  • Paul Farrell, DipWSET, Category Manager, LCBO
  • Greg MacDonald, DipWSET, Acting Category Manager, LCBO
  • Debbie Shing, DipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Ontario Director for Galleon Fine Wines (Philippe Dandurand Wines)
  • Nancy Reynolds, DipWSET, WSET Certified Wine Educator, French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar (Highest Honours), Certified Bordeaux Tutor through L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux and a Rhone Master through Inter-Rhone, IWEG Instructor of the Year 2015.
  • Christopher Freeland, DipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Writer/Researcher with the LCBO’s Knowledge Resources Group, IWEG Instructor of the Year 2016

September 2020 - April 2021: Mondays from 7-9:30

Final Exam - Mid- May 2021

 

 

 

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