WSET Diploma in Wine - IN CLASS 2021-23 WSET

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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 WSET 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 WSET 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, please email and we would be happy answer your questions.

Course Delivery and Tuition

Entry Requirements: Candidates must hold either the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines or the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits to enrol on the WSET Level 4 Diploma and must be of legal drinking age.

Candidates whose first language is not English are strongly recommended to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or be able to demonstrate an equivalent ability level. 

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 500 hours of study time, including 128 hours of classroom delivery time. 

Please review the course specification here
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
With more than 170 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


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 IWEG's Education Director.

Please read IWEG's Cancellation and Refund Policy carefully before registering for any of our WSET qualifications.

Diploma in Wine IN CLASS: 2021-23

*schedule subject to change 

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.    

D1: Wine Production  
Wednesday August 25th 2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D1 - 1The Growing Environment
Wednesday September 1st  2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D1 - 2Grape Growing Options
Wednesday September 8th  2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D1 - 3Common Winemaking Options
Wednesday September 15th  2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D1 - 4White Wine Making
Wednesday September 22th  2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D1 - 5Red and Rose Making
Final Exam: October 27th 2021  


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.

D2: Global Business of Wine  
Wednesday September 29th  2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D2 - 1Factors that Contribute to Wine Price
Wednesday October 6th (6:30pm-9pm)D2 - 2Business Engaged in Wine Production
Wednesday October 13th (6:30pm-9pm)D2 - 3Key Considerations in Wine Marketing
Final Exam: October 27th 202111:30am-12:30pm 

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).

D4: Sparkling Wine  
Wednesday  November 3rd 2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D4 - 1  &  D4 - 2Traditional Method Sparkling Wine & Champagne
Wednesday  November 10th 2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D4 - 3Rose and Other
Wednesday  November 17th 2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D4 - 4Tank Ancestrale Pet Nat
Final Exam - 19 January1:30pm-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).

D5: Fortified Wine  
Wednesday November 24th 2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D5 - 1 & D5 - 2Fortification/Maturation Options (Tasting) & Sherry Production and Styles
Wednesday Deceember 1st 2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D5 - 3Ruby and Vintage Port Production
Wednesday December 8th 2021 (6:30pm-9pm)D5 - 4 & D5 - 5White and Tawny Port Production & Madeira
Wednesday December 15th 2021 (6:30-9pm)practice exam 
Wednesday January 5th 2022 (6:30pm-9pm)D5 - 6 & D5 - 7VDN and Rutherglen Muscat & Fortified Business Workshop
Final Exam - 19 January3:30-5pm 

D6: Research Paper                                       

You will research a WSET specified wine-related subject.   

D6: Research Paper  
Wednesday February 2nd 2022D6 - 01Research Paper Preparation
Submission End of July 2022  Hard Copy Format


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).

Classes will be held on Monday Evenings, 6:30-9pm

Starting: Monday February 28th 2022 - Monday March 20th 2023

Final Exams - 2 Days early/mid May 2023
Day One: Theory Part 1: 11:00am-1:00pm 
Day One: Theory Part 2: 2:00pm-3:20pm
Day Two: Tasting Part 1: 10:30am-12:00pm
Day Two: Tasting Part 2: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Available Classes:

WSET Diploma in Wine IN CLASS Started Aug. 25, 2021

Cost: $9,200
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