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Ontario's Brave New Wines will run February - March 2018!  Registration opens Fall 2017.

I loved the focus on Ontario's wine sector. In the WSET training I've taken, there's barely been a passing reference to Canada, let alone Ontario. The sessions were well thought out and organized. Pacing was good with a nice split between instructor led discussion, table work and winemaker presentations. I learned quite a bit and really valued hearing directly from some of Ontario's best winemakers. - D.B.

IWEG’s course on Ontario’s Brave New Wines provides an in-depth exploration on hot topics such as sustainability, organics, biodynamics and as someone who has only dabbled in the wine industry this course has helped me better understand the challenges and opportunities Ontario viticulturists and wineries face on a day to day basis. I definitely have a deeper appreciation for Ontario wines and perhaps, most important, we get to taste exceptionally good wines! - J.F.

Ontario's Brave New Wines course is now into its third successful year and IWEG continues to develop and broaden the learning experience for students and connoisseurs of Ontario wines.  

In response to student demand this is now a certified program in collaboration with the Wine Council of Ontario and candidates successful in passing the final exam will hold a recognized Certificate as an Ontario Wine Specialist.

Also new for the 2017 program, we are excited and proud to introduce wine educator Dave Larocque. Dave has lived his love for wine for over 30 years, initially as a product consultant with the LCBO, then subsequently working at many Ontario wineries, and as a wine educator and trainer for Canadian winery staff, Niagara College, the Wine Council of Ontario, and staff of numerous restaurants.  He recently authored a book titled ‘The Wine Appellations of Ontario’.  His newest venture, Wine Culture, brings the enjoyment of wine to groups across Canada through presentations and tastings in an educational and entertaining approach.

Students will attend four full days of study with each morning focusing on the wine appellations of Ontario and basic wine education, while the afternoons will present insightful tasting opportunities with a number of local winemakers, each addressing unique aspects of their winemaking style that builds on the morning studies. The final day will bring the classroom work to life with a field trip to three leading Niagara wineries

In collaboration with the Wine Council of Ontario, these 4 sessions of learning and tasting celebrate local wines, growers and producers and give insight into the bold venture that is winemaking in Ontario. 

Come and meet some of Ontario’s leading edge wine makers, enjoy their award-winning wines and learn more about how the trail-blazing Ontario wine industry is preparing for the future.

Ontario's Brave New Wines will run February - March 2018!  Registration opens Fall 2017.

Day 1: 

An introduction to the Lake Erie North Shore, Niagara Peninsula, Prince Edward County appellations and their sub-appellations, and the importance of location, topography, weather, climate and soil within each appellation. 

Day 2: 

Which wine should I choose? Discover the four fundamental classifications of wine styles; table, sparkling, dessert and fortified.

Learn about the major grape varieties of Ontario and their common characteristics. 

Day 3: 

Learn about the basic components of wine.

Explore and discover wine and food matching principles through an interactive wine and food component tasting. 

Day 4: 

Tour three wineries in Niagara; taste VQA wines; tour wine cellars, barrel rooms, vineyards, and sparkling wine cellars.

Write the final ‘The Wine Appellations of Ontario’ test to become  Ontario Wine Certified.

Did you know??

One of the deepest of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario's water mass moderates air temperatures year-round. In concert with the appellation's second notable feature, the Niagara Escarpment, this shapes the perfect climate to nurture grape vines. (VQA Ontario)

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