Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG) proudly celebrates 40 years as Canada’s premier school for wine, spirits and sake education Feb. 01, 2017

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Toronto, CANADA, February 1, 2017 – IWEG is pleased to announce that 2017 marks its 40th anniversary as Canada’s premier school for wine, spirits and sake. The anniversary also celebrates 40 years of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) operations in Canada, its first international venture.

In January 1977 IWEG became the first international Approved Programme Provider (APP) for WSET, outside of their home base in the United Kingdom. Ten years later, IWEG built on this success by becoming the first international APP to offer the prestigious WSET Diploma in 1987.

To mark this significant milestone, IWEG is planning a year long student-focused program including:

  • special “Signature Series” master classes hosted by IWEG alumni including renowned MS and MW graduates; 

  • new 40th anniversary scholarships and study trips for top WSET students at IWEG and;

  • a celebratory gala event with sponsored activities and prizes from IWEG industry partners and supporters.

IWEG, with a faculty of 17 WSET Certified Educators, has graduated thousands of students to date, including 154 graduates of the prestigious and challenging WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits.  IWEG’s alumni include two Masters of Wine (MW) and three Master Sommeliers (MS), as well as many other accomplished alumni who hold leadership positions in the Canadian and global wine and spirits industry.  In 2010, IWEG was awarded the prestigious WSET “Lifetime Achievement Award” for spearheading wine and spirits education in Canada.

“IWEG partnered with WSET for our first step into an international market, and their dedication to providing quality wine and spirits education through our courses has been exemplary for 40 years strong. Through our commitment to offer education where it is in demand, over that time we have welcomed a further 32 APPs in Canada and over 600 across the world, making WSET the largest global provider of qualifications in the field of wines, spirits and sake.” said Ian Harris, Chief Executive, WSET. 

"We are excited to celebrate 40 years of helping our students achieve their personal and professional goals through our student-focused approach to wine, spirits and sake education in Canada and to celebrate our 40 years of strategic partnership with WSET,” said Paul Miles, Executive Director of IWEG. “We are especially pleased to be marking this anniversary year with the launch of several new initiatives, culminating in a celebratory gala that will showcase the achievements of our students and alumni in partnership with our valued industry partners.”

About Independent Wine Education Guild

IWEG is Canada’s premier school for wine, spirits and sake education.  Established in 1977 and based in Toronto, Canada, IWEG operates as a not-for-profit and is committed to offering classroom, distance learning and corporate programs in wine, spirits and sake education both to industry professionals and passionate enthusiasts. IWEG offers the full portfolio of WSET awards - Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Diploma), as well as the specialist awards WSET Level 2 in Spirits and WSET Levels 1 and 3 in Sake.

In addition to the WSET awards, IWEG offers Wine Scholar Guild courses including the French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar programs, a series of specialist master classes covering a variety of topics in wine, spirits and sake, and a unique Ontario Wine Specialist course, “Ontario’s Brave New Wines”, developed in collaboration with the Wine Council of Ontario.

For more information on IWEG, visit the website at

About Wine & Spirit Education Trust 

WSET is the largest global provider of qualifications in the field of wines and spirits. WSET qualifications are formally recognised by the UK Government and have a strong reputation worldwide. In the last academic year (2015/16) 72,171 people sat for a WSET qualification.

Courses are available in 19 languages and over 70 countries, and are open both to industry professionals and interested enthusiasts. Since 1969 more than half a million individuals have completed a WSET qualification. We currently offer nine qualifications, from one-day beginner courses through to a specialist level diploma. 

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Paul Miles, IWEG

Stephanie Murray, WSET
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