Ottawa - Wine Education and Schools

This is a list with links to various Wine Education and Schools in and around Ottawa.
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IWEG Drinks Academy

The IWEG Drinks Academy is the only provider in Ontario to offer all 4 levels of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and the French Wine Society's French Wine Scholar (FWS) and Master-level programmes. IWEG also offers a broad spectrum of excellent wine, beer and spirits courses, and are proud to promote exclusive IWEG Specialty Courses. IWEG is the recipient of the prestigious WSET Achievement Award for spearheading establishment of the WSET programme in Canada and for excellence in wine and spirit education since 1977. In addition IWEG was short-listed for the WSET Educator of the Year Award 2012, designed to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to WSET courses and qualifications in the past year, and who have achieved superlative results in WSET programmes whilst demonstrating commitment and innovation in education. We welcome the opportunity to help you find the right place to start. Enjoy browsing through our website where you will find a wide range of learning opportunities to suit your needs. NEW to our service and curriculum; IWEG is now also providing in house custom corporate courses.
211 Yonge St., Suite 501
Toronto, Ontario
ph. 4165342570

Algonquin College Sommelier Certificate Program

For over twenty years we’ve been the area’s driving force behind the surging popularity of wine education. We continue to meet and exceed the needs of those seeking to enhance their personal enjoyment of wine as well as those seeking a career path change or enhancement of employment opportunities. We’re Ottawa’s most prestigious venue for wine lovers and the only sommelier program in Ontario certified by the Ontario Ministry of Education. - Our courses are taught in a designated, electronically connected wine lab, kitchens and classrooms. Our cadre of instructors are competent, professional and passionate using the latest in technology—©SMART Board, ©Google Earth and ©Blackboard Learn. Graduates populate the community at large — wine lovers, wine writers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, LCBO wine experts, sales and marketing personnel. The reigning Best Sommelier of Ontario and Best Sommelier of the Americas are both graduates. Courses cover Wine Tasting, Wine and Food Matching, Grape Varieties, New and Old World Wines, Beer, Whiskey, Winemaking. There’s free, security-patrolled, well-lit parking after 5:00 pm. You owe it to yourself to make an enquiry, we’ll reply promptly.
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
ph. +1 613-727-4723 x 5151

Savvy Company

At Savvy Company, we specialize in creative social experiences by discovering the world of wine, craft beer & artisan cheese with our Sommeliers. Join us at an upcoming Savvy Event where we’ll introduce to the people who make the wine, craft beer & artisan cheese that you enjoy. Or... learn more by having our team of Savvy Sommeliers host an event for you. We receive rave reviews for our networking, teambuilding & receptions. Call on us anytime. Cheers!
ph. 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)

Capital Somm

Having been fortunate enough to receive much tutelage along my journey, I feel a strong urge to pay it forward by sharing my passion for everything wine-related with my students and clients. The world of wine education need not be daunting, nor does it need to be an elitist society that excludes amateur enthusiasts by making them feel unskilled or unprepared. I want to put the world of wine knowledge in the hands of everyone, and ignite the same passion I feel about wine in others.
ph. (613)762-4435

Brian Preston - Certified Sommelier

Brian has been a certified Sommelier for over 16 years involved in wine, beer and spirits education, conducting private tours of Niagara and Prince Edward County wineries, including several visits to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. He works with individuals conducting private tastings, restaurants, and institutions presenting special food/wine tasting suppers and events. He has traveled extensively to several wine regions of the world (thus being referred to as The Travelling Sommelier)
6 Polk Crescent, PO Box 112
Portland, Ontario
ph. 613-272-3129

Vendange Institute - Ottawa's School for WSET & FWS Courses

The Vendange Institute has been in operation since the fall of 2004. The institute holds the distinction of being the first program provider in Ottawa to deliver stimulating wine education programs certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). The Vendange Institute was recognized by Ottawa Tourism in 2005 as best new company of the year. The programs satisfies the needs of the novice and enthusiast through to the industry expert and professional sommelier. The institute has in excess of 800 graduates since opening their doors in 2004 and will celebrate their 10th Anniversary in the fall of 2014. The Vendange Institute is now the first program provider in Ottawa to offer the ’French Wine Scholar Study and Certification Program’’ from the French Wine Society. At Vendange, our mandate is to provide the best wine education to our students. From our impeccable and attractive locale and tasting bar, to our selection of quality wines for tastings delivered by two of the most passionate wine advocates in Ottawa. We invite you to take the plunge and immerse yourself in the amazing world of wine and spirits, with our skilled educators to guide you. If you think you like wines and spirits now, you’ll love them after these courses, because you’ll appreciate them infinitely more. Let our mentors ignite the spark in you, and you’ll soon find yourself to be just as passionate as they are about the subject matter. All of this will be made available to you in a fun, casual and relaxed atmosphere, and your classmates will surely end up being peers of yours for years to come!
440 Albert St. Suite C108
Ottawa, Ontario
ph. 613-562-7840