Wine Course Overview

Winner of the Riedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year 2011

Fine Vintage is the leading provider of wine education in Canada and the USA. We offer the WSET courses, which are professional qualifications in wine with international recognition. If you want to learn about wine, for business or pleasure, then these internationally recognized wine courses are perfect.

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was established in London in 1969 and currently offers their prestigious wine courses in over 55 countries and 16 languages. The UK-based WSET courses are considered to be the gold standard in wine education and Fine Vintage is the Harvard of wine school organizations. 

Fine Vintage offers a series of WSET courses for the beginner and the expert in the following locations:


Vancouver | Victoria | Calgary | Edmonton | Toronto | Kelowna


San Francisco | Chicago | Miami



The series includes the Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 Award in Wines and Spirits.

Why take a wine course from Fine Vintage? In addition to being awarded The Riedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year from amongst 500 schools worldwide, our courses are also run at prestigious Universities and Colleges, such as University of Calgary, NAIT, and BCIT.  We have also been selected by governments and airlines to train their staff.

Our instructors are amongst the most qualified in the industry. We are well known for the high quality of the wines we show in the tastings, as well as the sheer number of wines. Furthermore, we offer our courses in the same timeframes as the WSET in London. We don’t cut corners on the tastings or the instruction hours. We strive to maintain and enhance our reputation as the leading wine school organization in North America.

What about the WSET exam? At the end of each WSET wine course there is an exam. Upon successful completion you will be sent a Certificate from the WSET in the UK which represents a formal qualification in wine. We will prepare you for these exams and have a very high pass rate.  Level 1 is 98%, Level 2 is 97%, and the Level 3 is 85%. Upon completion of the WSET Advanced students can use the title "WSET Certified".

Who takes our courses? Our wine courses are appropriate for general interest wine enthusiasts as well as the trade. At least 50% of all people are taking the courses for general interest. 

Payments? When you register online, your credit card is charged a $100 deposit. The remaining payment for all fees will be automatically processed in full 3 weeks prior to the course start date on the credit card provided.

The full course tuition (deposit plus remainder payment) is 100% non-refundable from the date you register. But your course fees are transferable as a credit to another course, or to another person, once. This transfer request must be made in writing three weeks prior to the start of the 1st class. Transfer requests received after this time will not be accepted and you will forfeit your full payment.

The terms and conditions for the Level 4 are different from the above and noted here.

If you are travelling from a distance, please contact us before booking your flights to ensure the course is proceeding.  It is very rare for us to postpone a course but we prefer you contact us to double check.

Pricing & Schedule: As a result of operational efficiency and low overheads we are able to offer our courses at extremely competitive prices. And we still spend almost twice as much as most other schools on wine, and employ the best instructors available who are entertaining and passionate about sharing their love and knowledge of wine. So go ahead and have a look at the course schedule in your area and register today. Classes fill fast and can book up many weeks in advance.

I hope you enjoy your Fine Vintage experience. Feel free to email us with any questions or visit our FAQ page.


 James Cluer MW