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Wines of Germany Fundamentals

Courtesy of Wines of Germany Canada

Thursday, October 8th @ 2PM EST via Zoom

This webinar is only open to current IWEG students, alumni and instructors who live in Ontario. Limited spots are available.

German Riesling has become an integral part of any wine list at the finest restaurants around the world, while Germany’s other grape varietals, including Pinots such as Spätburgunder, Weissburgunder and Grauburgunder have been gaining global interest.

This foundations course led by Moritz Volke, International Head of Seminars of Deutsches Weininstitut / Wines of Germany will examine the evolution of German wines, explore the exceptional grape varietals and share the goals and visions of Germany’s next generation of winemakers to make some of the best white and red wines in the world.

Confirmed registrants will receive six tasting samples courtesy of Wines of Germany, shipped to their home address free of charge to taste during the webinar with the educator. Samples include examples of Riesling, Spätburgunder and Weissburgunder.

Learn how to register and participate in this webinar.


Wine Scholar Challenge

 Grand Prize a 2021 Wine Scholar Guild wine study immersion trip

Thursday, September 24th @ 7PM EST via Zoom

This competition is open to all IWEG students and alumni; you do not have to be a Wine Scholar Guild student to participate. IWEG instructors are not eligible to compete.

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Wine Scholar Guild and its network of program providers in over 30 countries will invite students of wine to compete in local "options game" competitions for fun, prizes and a chance to qualify for the global finale!

IWEG's three local winners will receive a one-year Wine Scholar Guild membership and move on to compete in the global options game finale on Thursday, October 29th @ 10AM EST. The final global winner will receive a 2021 wine study immersion trip of their choice to France, Italy or Spain (Airfare is not included. Trip value is approximately $4,000 USD depending on the destination).

Learn how to register and participate in this competition.


Spanish Wine Scholar 

A regional approach to all the Spanish wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities

Photo credit to Spanish Wine Scholar Evan Fraser. Evan can be found on Twittter @WineAcademic and on Instagram @TheWineAcademic.

The Spanish Wine Scholar provides current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of Spain. Developed and administered by the Wine Scholar Guild (WSG), the course is aimed at advanced students of wine whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. The course will taught by IWEG's Spanish wine specialists and WSG approved instructors Kim Berdusco DipWSET and Caitlin Ferguson DipWSET.

The Spanish Wine Scholar provides detailed coverage of Spanish wine regions, as well as an introduction to Spanish history, geography, viticulture and winemaking. You will:

  • Develop specialist knowledge of the DO / DOCa regions in seven sessions involving: Green Spain; The Duero River Valley; La Rioja; The Ebro River Valley / Central Mediterranean Coast; Cataluña; La Meseta / Islands and Andalucia
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Spanish wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Taste a curated range of Spanish wines specially prepared for this course by IWEG WSG authorized instructors

The fall courses comprises of seven interactive theory classes delivered remotely via the video conferencing platform Zoom on Thursdays, October 1st to November 12th from 6:30PM - 8PM. An in-person experiential tasting workshop will take place at IWEG on Thursday, November 19th from 6:30PM - 8:30PM followed by an in-person exam on Thursday, November 26. 

Sign up now!


WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines 

Join the class of 2022

This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the online WSET Diploma program will begin in October and a condensed in-class WSET Diploma program is planned for January. 

If you are interested in the WSET Diploma program and would like to learn more, we would be happy answer your questions. Please email Krystenne MacMullin at krystenne@iweg.org

Why IWEG?

As the leading organization in wine, spirits and sake education in Canada, IWEG has offered the WSET Level 4 Diploma since 1988.

Our 201 Diploma Graduates over the years have gone on to become vital members of the wine and spirits industry in Canada and worldwide. IWEG holds the record for having the largest amount of Diploma graduates in Canada!

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 Diploma educators, who 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.


Fall Courses

Mix of Remote and In-Person Delivery

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines


Date: Tuesdays, September 15th - November 3rd @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM
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Date: Saturdays, October 17th - December 5th @ 9:30AM - 11:30AM
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, October 19th - November 23rd @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Date: Wednesdays, September 2nd - December 2nd @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Enrollment still open
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Date: Tuesdays, September 8th - December 8th @ 10AM - 12PM
Enrollment still open
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WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

Date: Mondays, November 2nd - 23rd @ 10:30AM - 1:30PM
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Spanish Wine Scholar 

Date: Thursdays, October 1st - November 19th @ 6:30PM to 8PM
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Italian Wine Scholar: Unit 2

Date: Thursdays, November 5 - December 17th @ 6:30PM to 8PM
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Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines


Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, December 6th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, December 6th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, December 6th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, September 28th - Sunday, November 1st
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Date: Monday, October 19th - Sunday, November 22nd
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, September 28th - Sunday, November 1st
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Date: Monday, November 16th - Sunday, December 20th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, October 12th - Sunday, December 13th
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Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, January 17th
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format during the 2020-21 academic year.