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The 2019 edition of Ontario's Brave New Wines
is now open for registration!

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 is a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring Ontario for those working in the industry, looking to join the industry or wine enthusiasts.

Prerequisite: None. Expect to spend 6 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course, outside of the classroom.

Ontario's Brave New Wines course in 2019 is now into its fifth 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 Ontario Craft Wineries and candidates successful in passing the final exam will hold a recognized certificate as an Ontario Wine Specialist.

For the 2019 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, Ontario Craft Wineries, 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, following the text book "The Wine Appellations of Ontario", 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 Ontario Craft Wineries, these 4 sessions of learning and tasting celebrate local wines, growers and producers and give insight into the bold venture that is wine-making in Ontario.

Day 1 (February 23rd 2019)

The first session on February 23rd is an introduction to appellations/sub-appellations, followed by an exploration of the basics of wine tasting.  Wineries: The Grange; Henry of Pelham; Pelee Island Winery.

Day 2 (March 23rd 2019)

The second session on March 2nd looks at four fundamental wine styles, and how the major grape varieties of Ontario represent their inherent characteristics.  Wineries: Hinterland; Thirty Bench; Southbrook.

Day 3 (March 9th 2019)

The third session on March 9th will explore wine and food matching principles and enjoy the always popular interactive wine and food component tasting.  Wineries: Vineland; Redstone; Two Sisters.

Day 4 (March 23rd 2019)

The course concludes on March 23rd with a tour (transportation included in the course fee) of some of Ontario's top wineries, including the writing of the "Wine Appellations of Ontario" certification exam. Wineries: Trius; Stratus; Chateau des Charmes.
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.

Course Fee

$875.00 CAD all inclusive. Please note that IWEG is HST exempt by the CRA. Income tax receipts are issued to all students for the applicable tax year.


IWEG now offers an alternative to Pay Pal; to charge tuition directly to your credit card please call into the office at 416-534-2570.

IWEG Cancellation and Refund policy:

Withdrawal up to 2 weeks prior to course start date: Refund of tuition, less $150 administration fee.  Withdrawal between 2 weeks and 3 days prior to course start date: Refund of 50% of tuition less $150 administration fee.  Withdrawal 3 days or less to course start date: No refund. Please note all course materials are paid upon registration, and are non-refundable.


Available Classes:


Ontario's Brave New Wines FEBRUARY 2019 Starts Feb. 23, 2019

Cost: $875
IWEG Drinks Academy
Students will attend four full Saturdays of study, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (February 23rd, March 2nd, 9th, and 23rd) 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 wine-making 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, as well as writing the Ontario Craft Wineries'  "The Wine Appellations of Ontario" certification test (multiple choice).
Enroll for this Class ($875)