Wines of South Africa proudly partners with IWEG in 2017 Jan. 26, 2017

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Toronto, CANADA, January 26, 2017 – The Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG) andWines of South Africa (WOSA) are pleased to announce a one-year partnership agreement designed to bolster the education and appreciation of South African wines among industry professionals in Ontario.

Under the agreement, WOSA in Canada will be the official sponsor of IWEG’s Signature Series, stand-alone Master Classes specifically targeted at individuals pursuing a career in the wine industry.  

Two unique Master Classes on South African wines will be hosted at IWEG during 2017, showcasing the richness, diversity and sustainability of wines from the Wine of Origin Areas.

Additionally, a top-performing IWEG student in WSET Level 1 Award in Wines from the academic year 2016-2017 will receive a Study Scholarship from WOSA for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits at IWEG.

"We are delighted to support wine education activities with IWEG. Wines of South Africa’s mandate is to promote the export of all South African wines in key developing markets.  IWEG is a valuable and prestigious educational partner that will help us to achieve these goals in Ontario,” said Laurel Keenan, Market Manager, WOSA for Canada and the United States.

"Wines of South Africa is a valuable partner for IWEG, enabling us not only to enhance the student learning experience, but also to provide unique ways to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals,” said Paul Miles, Executive Director of IWEG.

Wines of South Africa

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is a fully inclusive body, representing all South African producers of wine who export their products. WOSA, which was established in its current form in 1999, has over 500 producers on its database, comprising all the major South African wine exporters. It is constituted as a not-for-profit company (sec21) and is totally independent of any producer or wholesaling company. It is also independent of any government department, although it is recognized by government as Export Council.

WOSA's mandate is to promote the export of all South African wines in key international markets. Traditional markets include the United Kingdom, Germany Sweden and the Netherlands. More recently, WOSA has also been developing markets for South African wines in the United States, Canada, Russia, and Asia.

For more information on Wines of South Africa, visit the website at

Independent Wine Education Guild

Founded in 1977, the Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG) is the premier school for wine, spirits and sake education in Canada.  IWEG was the first international Approved Programme Provider (APP) in 1977 for The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), outside of their home base in the United Kingdom. 

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was founded in 1969 to provide high quality education and training in wines and spirits.  Since then, WSET has grown into the foremost international body in the field of wines, spirits and sake education, with a suite of sought-after qualifications., which are recognized globally.

With over 678 WSET APP’s in 73 countries around the world, IWEG currently ranks sixth in the WSET Universe and is the largest Canadian graduator of WSET students. In 2010, IWEG was awarded the prestigious WSET “Lifetime Achievement Award” for spearheading wine and spirits education in Canada and has been shortlisted on numerous occasions as the WSET’s “Riedel Educator Of The Year”.

For more information on IWEG, visit the website at


Paul Miles, IWEG

Laurel Keenan, WOSA