Saturday September 15, 2018 - Friday January 31, 2020
**only 3 spots remaining!
Cost:$9,995.00 (includes WSET exam, instruction, wine and all study materials)

Only 3 spots remaining!

Fine Vintage is pleased to announce that we are offering the Diploma in Calgary. The Level 4 Diploma in Wines is the highest level WSET course and is a respected qualification around the world. After completion of the Diploma the next logical step is to register for the Master of Wine, a rare credential held by just over 350 people. Therefore, the Level 4 Diploma is the top credential an employer could reasonably expect you to have.

CALGARY - 2018-2020 WSET Level 4 Diploma Course

Why take your Level 4 Diploma with Fine Vintage Ltd?

Experience: In addition to being awarded WSET Educator of the Year in 2011 and to have been shortlisted for Educator of the Year three times, Fine Vintage has been running the prestigious WSET courses for over 10 years in North America with schools in more than a dozen cities in 3 countries. We have operated the Level 4 Diploma in both Vancouver and Calgary since 2014 with an excellent success rate. We therefore we have experience running these courses.

Instructors: We have carefully designed our Diploma program so that you will receive the best possible instruction. All of our instructors are either a Master of Wine, an MW candidate, or a leading global expert. We have assembled a fantastic team of outstanding instructors, some of whom fly in to teach the course. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of being taught by knowledgeable experts who have experience in the industry and significant credentials.

Your instructors include 3 MWs and 3 MW candidates. The course is created and overseen by James Cluer MW. Your team includes:

Masters of Wine Instructors:

James Cluer MW - on Viticulture and Vinification, and on France
Stephen Skelton MW – on Viticulture and Vinification
Philip Goodband MW from the UK - on Business of Wine

Leading Fine Vintage Instructors:

Jenny Book MWcandidate – on Sparkling and Fortified Wines
Lynn Coulthard MW candidate - on Light Wines of Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Central/Mediterranean Europe, and North America
David Munro MW candidate - on local markets, and Light Wines of the Southern Hemisphere

Format: The classes primarily take place at weekends in a block format. The schedule is carefully spaced out with classroom sessions of focused study and exam practice. There is ample time for self-study leading up to the exams. We have designed our format to appeal to those who live outside of Calgary as well.

Length: Our course starts in September 2018 and ends in January 2020, enabling you to spend 16 months of focused study.  This allows you to complete the Level 4 in a relatively short time frame with more than 150 hours of classroom interaction with leading wine educators.    

Field Trip: Our course design includes a field trip to the Okanagan to visit vineyards and wineries. We consider it essential that our students have first-hand knowledge of viticulture and vinification, and this is surely best taught in a vineyard and winery. Transportation within the Okanagan, winery visits, and lunches are included in the course price.

Passing the Level 4: Included in our pricing is a mandatory enrollment in the WSET’s Diploma Feedback Tests. These Feedback Tests are a series of mock papers that are graded by WSET assessors. This valuable feedback will enable you to better prepare for the exams. Most schools do not include these Feedback Tests in their price.

Wine tastings: Fine Vintage has a policy of showing classic benchmark examples to students. As such, we spend a considerable amount on wine. Therefore you will be able to taste the benchmark examples, and have extensive tastings of them. Our tastings are spectacular.

Pricing: The total cost of the course is $9,995 Canadian dollars, including tax. Our course is designed to be akin to the Harvard of Diploma programs with expert instructors flown-in, a large number of superior wines for tasting, the inclusion of the Feedback Tests, and the organization of and transport expense during the field trip.

We aim to offer the best education possible. There is an added-value to the student by graduating from a Fine Vintage Diploma program.

Terms and conditions: $500 is due at registration. An additional $4,500 is due 120 days before the start of the course. A final payment of $4,995 is due on December 1st, 2018. As these courses sell-out, we advise you to register early. We will send you a document and reading list advising on how to begin your study immediately, so effectively your preparation begins the day you register. All course fees are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable and by registering you agree to pay the full amount of $9,995. If you need to re-sit an exam you will be charged at our cost.       

Location: The course will take place at the downtown campus of the University of Calgary.

Pre-requisites: To enroll in the program you must already have the WSET Level 3. If you do not have the WSET Level 3 please contact us to discuss your eligibility. We also advise you to have a high degree of proficiency in written English, as you would likely obtain from a University degree. The Diploma is a demanding program and we discourage students from enrolling if they are not comfortable writing essays, have very little industry experience, and are not serious about dedicating a substantial amount of time to self-study. We want to give all our students the best possible chance of success. Diploma graduates are typically leaders in the wine industry.      

Course Schedule: The course days run from 9.30 am until 5.30 pm with 1 hour for lunch. Please note that exam dates are tentative pending the release of the WSET Exam schedules. These dates will be confirmed by June 2018.

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