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Ontario's Brave New Wines will run February 24 - March 24 2018!  Registration is now open.

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 is now into its fourth 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.

For the 2018 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 now open!

2018 Course Schedule

FEBRUARY 24TH - Intro to appellations/sub-appellations
9:30am - 12:30pm Classroom Session
1:30pm - The Grange (Prince Edward County, Caroline Granger) – Chardonnay, Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir (VQA PEC VQA)
2:30pm - Henry of Pelham (Short Hills Bench, Penelope Irving) – Chardonnay, Baco Noir and Cabernet Merlot (VQA Short Hills Bench or VQA Niagara Escarpment appellations)
3:30pm – Pelee Island Winery  (LENS, Darryl MacMillan)- Rose, Syrah,  Cabernet Franc (VQA LENS VQA)

MARCH 3RD - 4 fundamental wine styles
9:30am - 12:30pm Classroom Session
1:30pm - Hinterland (Sparkling, Vicki Samaras) - Sparkling
2:15pm - Thirty Bench (Emma Garner) – Riesling VQA Beamsville Bench, Late Harvest and Icewine
3:00pm - Norman Hardie - Chardonnay/Pinot Noir (Norm Hardie) – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (VQA PEC VQA)
3:45pm - Southbrook - 2013 Estate ‘Colbert’ Cabernet Franc and 2013 Poetica Red [Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot], both organic and biodynamic and fortified: The Anniversary, winner of the Gold medal at 2017 National Wine Awards. (Paul DeCampo, Wine Educator)

MARCH 10TH - Wine & food matching
9:30am - 12:30pm Classroom Session
1:30pm - Vineland (Andre Derrick) – Riesling and aromatic whites with food sample to match
2:30pm - Redstone (Chef David Sider and Kelly Van Hoffen) – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with food sample to match
3:30pm - Two Sisters (Michael Campbell, Licensee Sales Manager) – Big reds, youthful tannins with food sample to match


MARCH 24TH - Winery tours
7:30 am: Bus transport from IWEG to Niagara 
10:00 am: Trius (led by Dave Larocque) – Write the final ‘The Wine Appellations of Ontario’ test to become  Ontario Wine Certified. (10am to 10:45am) Trius Brut, Chardonnay, Sparkling 5 Blanc de Noirs
12:15 pm: Chateau des Charmes (led by a Winery Principal) – Aligote, Chardonnay Musque and Gamay Noir Droit
2:00 pm: Stratus (led by Suzanne Janke) – Lunch - the blends, red and white, Petit Verdot
4:00 pm: Bus transport back to IWEG in Toronto

Course Fee

$795.00 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 2018 Starts Feb. 24, 2018

Cost: $795
IWEG Drinks Academy - Downtown
Students will attend four full Saturdays of study, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (February 24th, March 3rd, 10th, and 24th) 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.
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