Get your WSET Level 2 in Wines
over four days of immersive learning
Hosted by Nupur Gogia, Master of Wine Candidate
Come and explore Ontario’s premier wine region, with visits to six benchmark wineries, whilst doing your WSET Level 2 certification.
This four-day wine bootcamp combines classroom learning with winery visits. At the wineries, we are hosted by vineyard managers and winemakers, and enjoy extensive tastings of both international and Niagara wines side-by-side.
This bootcamp is the ideal way to learn about wine. The theory you learn in the classroom is brought to life during the winery visits. It’s lots of fun and we have a 97% pass rate at the WSET Level 2.
There are no prerequisites, but we do strongly recommend starting with the WSET Level 1 to ensure you have a solid foundation of knowledge.
You will spend four days in the beautiful Niagara Region discovering several of the leading local wineries and also learning about the major international regions. Our vineyard visits, winery tours, and presentations will take you on a vinous journey around the world. The classroom sessions take place at the Holiday Inn & Suites in St. Catherines. You can stay here, or anywhere you wish, be it at another hotel or at home.
You will learn about:
- The art of tasting in detail
- Growing grapes and the role of terroir
- Making and maturing all types of wine
- Classic and regionally important grape varieties
- Major regions in France & Italy
- Classic regions in Germany & Spain
- New World wine regions
- Sparkling and fortified wines
- The art of food & wine pairing
TASTINGS & INSTRUCTION
Fine Vintage is well known for our expert instruction, high pass rates, and the exceptional quality of our tastings. Your instructor is Nupur Gogia, a Master of Wine candidate and winemaker in Niagara. She knows the region in-depth. You will taste over 45 different wines valued at over $2,000+. Fine Vintage is considered to be the Harvard of wine education.
At 4:30pm on the last day of your bootcamp there is a 50 question multiple choice exam with a pass mark of 55%. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate which is a formal qualification in wine with international recognition, and a beautiful lapel pin. You can always re-sit the exam, if necessary, but we have a 97% pass rate.
ABOUT THE BOOTCAMP
Day 1 – Friday
Start your day in the classroom at the Holiday Inn & Suites. You will meet your fellow classmates and then learn how to taste and evaluate wine in-depth. The rest of the morning is focused on grape growing and vineyard management.
Lunch is on your own, and in the early afternoon we set off in our luxury bus to visit two leading Niagara wineries. The focus is on viticulture, with vineyard managers explaining their craft. We also enjoy extensive tastings, before heading to a gourmet food and wine pairing dinner to welcome you to this special experience.
Day 2 – Saturday
We start the day in the classroom learning all about the intricacies of winemaking, with more insightful tastings of beautiful wines. Lunch is on your own, and then we set off in the luxury bus to visit two more iconic wineries.
Your hosts, the winemakers, will walk you through the stages of the winemaking process in real-life, and you’ll sample from tank and barrel. It’s a rare experience. At each winery, we focus on a different grape variety, with tastings of international wines side-by-side with local signature wines.
We arrive back at the hotel around 6pm for a free evening.
Day 3 – Sunday
There is no classroom time this day. We head off at 9:30am for a whole day exploring wineries in the Niagara Region. The first winery visit is focused on how you make sparkling wine, with a tasting of Champagne and many more.
We move on to our second winery visit where you will enjoy a beautiful food and wine pairing lunch (included) that focuses on the Bordeaux varieties. Your exploration continues at a third winery, where the focus turns to Syrah and Viognier.
We return to the Holiday Inn & Suites in St. Catherines in the late afternoon for a free evening to relax or study.
Day 4 – Monday
The last day of the bootcamp is in the classroom. Get ready to dive into the world of wines from France, Spain, Australia, South America, and beyond. Naturally, we taste the classic wines. Lunch is on your own, with plenty of options nearby.
In the afternoon, there is a review session before the exam. The WSET Level 2 exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions (there is no tasting exam) and is scheduled for 4:30pm. You may depart once the exam is over, or stay for a glass of bubbly to celebrate the end of this incredible four-day wine experience.
MEET YOUR HOST
Our WSET Level 2 Niagara Bootcamp is guided by Nupur Gogia
Nupur has a wealth of wine experience, including the WSET Diploma in Wine, a Spanish Wine Certificate from the Ocea Mae Institute, and is currently enrolled in the second stage of the Master of Wine program. She also has a Doctorate from the University of Toronto and has taught classes at both the university and community college level. She runs her own business, Island Vines, has recently released her own wine label, Khush Wines, and is one of the founding members of Vinequity – a non-profit organization that seeks to ensure equity and diversity in the wine community.
Full payment is charged at the time of registration. Payment is non-refundable, but can be transferred once to another person or to a future course of the same type, if you contact us 14 days or more before the start date. In the rare event Fine Vintage has to cancel a course you will receive a 100% refund.
Included in the price is:
- All winery visits and tastings
- All transportation to the wineries on a luxury bus from the Holiday Inn & Suites
- A gourmet food and wine pairing dinner on Day 1
- A delicious pairing lunch on Day 3
- The WSET Level 2 study guide, exam, and certificate
- All instruction by Nupur Gogia
- All tastings in the classroom
Please note that students are responsible for arranging their own flights, accommodations, travel insurance, transportation, and meals outside of the bootcamp itinerary.
Before the bootcamp we will send you some useful pre-trip information to help you with your planning.
You’ll find advice on how to get there, tips on what to wear, other things to do in and around Niagara, hotel recommendations, and what you might like to read in advance.
“I have taken WSET Level 2, 3, and am almost completed Level 4. I couldn’t be happier with the teaching that Fine Vintage provides and their commitment to our success. Lynn, James, and David’s teaching styles are all fun, informative, dynamic, and focused around creating a deeper understanding of the content rather than root memorization. I have confidently recommended Fine Vintage to several friends, families, and coworkers and all have had amazing experiences.”
JAMES FRANEY – CALGARY
“I signed up for the WSET Level 2 course with Fine Vintage not really knowing what to expect, and it turned out to be the most amazing experience I could have asked for. Lyn Farmer was an amazing instructor and prepared me so well for the exam that I passed with distinction. I can’t wait to continue with the program and take the WSET Level 3 course.”
HEATHER LUING – NEW YORK
“I cannot say enough good things about Fine Vintage and their WSET course offerings. I have completed Level 2 and 3 and am currently working towards my Diploma. Their instructors are extremely knowledgeable, the content is comprehensive but delivered in an approachable manner, and the breadth and quality of wine is exceptional. I highly recommend Fine Vintage for both personal interest as well as those aspiring to a career in the beverage industry.”