Scholarships and Prizes are awarded annually to recognise those candidates who have achieved outstanding marks in their WSET examinations. They are made possible by the generous support of our valued sponsors and Corporate Patrons.

Presentations are made at the Guildhall London at the WSET’s annual Awards and Graduation evening.

Below are the prize winners of 2016/2017.

Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits

The Laithwaite’s Prizes

Three students from the UK, USA and Australia who achieved outstanding results will receive funds from Laithwaite’s to study a wine or spirit producing region.

Brian McCann
Wine Blueprint (USA)

Siri Vik
Oxford University (UK)

Samuel Winfield
Wines of While (Australia)

Level 2 Award in Spirits

The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ Prize

A student with outstanding results who works in the UK wine & spirit trade will receive funds to study a spirit producing region.

Fiona MacDonald
Whyte and Mackay Ltd

Delamain Cognac Prize

A study visit with Delamain Cognac is awarded to a student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results.

Rose Brookman
East London Liquor Company

The Incorporation of Coopers Earl of Wessex Prize

A study visit to a cooperage and a whisky blending session in Glasgow is awarded to a student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results.

Francesco Cannavó
Little House Mayfair

Level 3 Award in Sake

The IWC Sake Prize

A student who achieved outstanding results in the WSET Level 3 Sake course will be invited to join the World’s elite Sake judges to judge Sake at the IWC in 2018.

Melissa Mills
Freelance

Level 3 Award in Wines

The Barry Burton Memorial Prize

A HK$10,000 grant to be used for approved further wine studies or to study a wine producing region, an engraved decanter and a magnum of wine from the Barry Burton collection are awarded to a Hong Kong student who achieved outstanding results and submitted the strongest essay application for this prize.

Yechong Chen
Freelance

Decanter Asia Wine Award Prizes

Three students who work in either Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Japan and who achieved outstanding results will receive £3,000 each for use towards WSET Level 4 Diploma course fees.

Jiaying Deng
Shanghai Vinchamp International Trading Co., Ltd.

Takanori Sazaki

Pengtao Wang
Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau

Wine Australia Prizes

Two students who achieved outstanding results and who work in the wine & spirit trade will be awarded a trip to study a wine producing region in Australia. The awards are open to students based in mainland China and North America.

Yunxia Gao
Shise Wine Culture (China)

Rodney W. Willis, Jr.
Republic National Distributing Company (USA/Canada)

Les Grands Chais de France Prizes

A two-day trip to study Bordeaux as a guest of Les Grands Chais de France is awarded to a student who achieved outstanding results and works in the UK wine & spirit trade.

Tom Hanson
Johns Wine & Spirit Specialist & Beer & Bird, St Ives.

The Michael Cox Vintners’ Prize

A UK student who achieved outstanding results will receive funds from the Worshipful Company of Vintners to study a wine producing region.

Tom Newbold
Majestic Wine Warehouses

The Patrick Sandeman Vintners’ Prize

A UK student who achieved outstanding results will receive funds from the Worshipful Company of Vintners to study a wine producing region.

Valeria Maffeis
Berry Bros & Rudd

The John Avery Vintners’ Prize

A UK student who achieved outstanding results will receive funds from the Worshipful Company of Vintners to study a wine producing region.

Hengzhi Zou
Vanguard Asset Management

The Rhône Trophy

A silver trophy is presented to a student from the UK who achieved outstanding results. The winner also receives a case of Rhône wines, selected by Hallgarten Wines.

Simon West

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux Prize

A place on a 3-day intensive education trip visiting some of the vineyards and wineries of Bordeaux, and attending a course at the Bordeaux Ecole du Vin as a guest of the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB), is awarded to a student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results.

Oliver Coleman
Great Western Wine

The Champagne Academy Prize

A place on the Champagne Academy study course and an invitation to join the Academy is awarded to a student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results.

Darren Ball
The Ivy Restaurant

The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino Prize

One year's Honorary Membership and a study trip to Spain, as a guest of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino in association with Wines from Spain, is awarded to student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results.

Tatiana Humphreys
Berry Bros & Rudd

Norbert Pere
Majestic Wine Warehouses

Decanter Prizes

A one year subscription to Decanter magazine and two tickets to the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter are awarded to two UK students who achieved outstanding results and are not in the wine & spirit trade.

Peter Bland

Jennifer Pickett
Lloyds Banking Group

Porter & Laker Prize

A student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results will receive funds to help with WSET Level 4 Diploma course fees. The winner’s company will also receive funding towards an annual Corporate Partnership with The Benevolent – the Drinks Industry Charity.

Bronte Rowley
Defining Wine

The Oddbins Prize

A UK student who is not in the wine & spirit trade and achieved outstanding results will receive funds to study a wine producing region.

Simon Wheeler
Beggars Group

The Julian Brind Prize

A UK student who achieved outstanding results will receive funds from WSET to study a wine producing region.

Dr Andrew C. Rawnsley

Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits

The Liberty Wines Prize

A trip to the Veneto with the Liberty Wines team to attend the VinItaly trade show, visit several of their outstanding producers in the region and attend special evening events is awarded to a UK or Ireland-based student who achieved outstanding results in the Diploma Unit 1 – Global Business exam.

Amelia Earl
Amelia’s Kitchen cookery school

The Catalyst PLB Prize

A wine blending trip with a Conviviality buyer is awarded to a Diploma student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results in the Unit 1 – Global business examination.

Gareth Davies
Atlas Fine Wines

The UK Wine Producers Prize

A tailored study trip, a case of award winning English and Welsh wines and a package of events are awarded to a student from the wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results in the Diploma Unit 1 – Global Business exam.

Rhona Cullinane
Freelance

The Peter Hampson Memorial Prize

A student who achieved outstanding results in the Diploma Unit 2 – Wine production exam and who is employed in the UK wine & spirit trade will receive funds to study a wine producing region.

Amanda Barnes
Freelance journalist

The Marks and Spencer Prize

A UK student with outstanding results in the Diploma Unit 2 – Wine production exam is sponsored on a one week Viticulture or Vinification course at Plumpton College.

Sarah Mills
IRPS Group

The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ Prize

A student who achieved outstanding results in the Unit 4 – Spirits of the world exam and is working in the UK wine & spirit trade received funds to study a spirit producing region.

Marina Kamburova

The Moët & Chandon Prize

A study visit to Champagne as a guest of Maison Moët & Chandon, is awarded to a student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results in the Unit 5 – Sparkling wines of the world exam. The visit will be part of a group experience.

Miriam Reynolds
The Sipping Point

The Codorniu Raventos Wineries Prize

A four day 'hands on' taste of working a vintage in two different Codorníu wineries is awarded to a student from the UK wine trade who achieved outstanding results in the Unit 5 – Sparkling wines of the world exam.

Ianamaria Marini
Conti Ducco - Franciacorta

The Lustau Sherry Trophy

A silver copita is presented to a student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results in the Unit 6 – Fortified wine exam. The winner will be hosted on a study visit to Jerez as a guest of Emilio Lustau SA.

Alexander Hill
Liberty Wines

The Sogrape Vinhos Prize

A study visit to the four classical regions of Portugal is awarded to the student who achieved outstanding results in the Unit 3 - Light Wines of the World exam and is employed in the UK wine and spirit Trade.

Jude Cooke
Bancroft Wines

The Royal Tokaji Mad Prize

A study visit to Tokaj is awarded to a student with outstanding results in the Unit 3 – Light wines of the world exam who works in the wine & spirit trade.

Alice Archer
Cambridge Wine Merchants 

The Graham’s Port Prize

A study visit to the Douro Valley is awarded to a student who achieved outstanding results in the Unit 6 – Fortified wine exam and is employed in the UK wine & spirit trade.

Aylishia Chiffers
Fourth and Church Wine Bar & Shop

The McNie Tasting Trophy

A silver-plated wine cooler is presented to a student with outstanding results in the Unit 3 – Light wines of the world tasting paper. The winner will also receive an engraved glass ice bucket.

Alice Archer
Cambridge Wine Merchants 

The Wines of Portugal Prize

A study visit to Portugal is awarded to a student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results in the Unit 3 – Light wines of the world exam.

Lucy Perbellini
Liberty Wines

The Freixenet Prize

A study visit to several Spanish wine regions as guest of Freixenet UK and the Ferrer Family Wineries is awarded to a student working in the European wine & spirit trade with outstanding results in the Unit 3 – Light wines of the World exam.

Christian Manthei
The Wine Treasury

The Louis Jadot Burgundy Prize

A study trip to Burgundy and Riedel glassware is awarded to a student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results in the Unit 3 – Light wines of the world exam.

Rebecca Stone
Bibendum Wine

The Hardy’s Vintage Prize

A case of premium wine selected by Accolade Wines Ltd, is awarded to a student who achieved outstanding results across the Diploma and is working in the UK wine & spirit trade.

Ben Wyse
Gonzalez Byass

The Alsace Crus Terroirs Prize

A study visit to Alsace as a guest of the Association of Alsace Cru Terroirs and associate members is awarded to a student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma.

Joy Bates
Freelance

Hors Concours

A case of wine selected by The Worshipful Company of Vintners is awarded to a student who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma and does not work in the wine & spirit trade.

Susannah Wintersgill
Oxford University

The Bibendum-Matthew Clark Prize

A five day work-experience with Conviviality Direct, at Bibendum and Matthew Clark locations is awarded to a top Diploma graduate who is looking to start a career in the wine & spirit trade.

Andrew Sheridan

The ProWein Prizes

A four-day trip to Düsseldorf to attend ProWein with the German Wine Institute is awarded to two students who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma and who work in the wine & spirit trade in either greater China, Singapore, the UK or the USA.

Poppy de Courcy-Wheeler
Charles Taylor Wines

Jo Lory
Indigo Wine

Wines of Germany Prizes

A study trip as a guest of Wines of Germany is awarded to two students who work in the wine & spirit trade and achieved outstanding results across their Diploma. The prizes will go to one student from the UK and a student from another market.

Edward Holt
Majestic Wine Warehouses

Minjie Wu
Ease Scent

Republic National Distributing Company Prize

A study trip and work experience with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) is awarded to a student from the USA wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma.

Stephanie Bruno Herndon
Dash Events

Concha y Toro Prize

A study trip to Chile as a guest of Concha y Toro is awarded to a high achieving graduate who is working in the wine trade in the UK.

Nicolas Clerc
Fields, Morris & Verdin

Napa Valley Vintners Prize

Attendance at one of Napa Valley Vintners 3-day professional trade education programmes is awarded to a student who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma and is employed in the wine & spirit industry in either North America, China, Japan or the UK.

Erin Turcke
Inn at Bay Fortune

The Yvonne May Wine Australia Prize

A study trip to Australia is awarded to a student who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma and works in the wine & spirit trade in the UK or Europe.

Georgina Haacke
Berry Bros & Rudd

Wine Australia Prize, Asia Pacific

A study trip to Australia is awarded to a student who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma and works in the wine & spirit trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

Philip Kin Chung Wong
Wine Matters by J&V Management Consulting Limited

The Wine Trade Paten Prize

A UK student who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma will receive funds to study a wine or spirit producing region.

Daryl Sullivan
Liberty Wines

Wines from Spain Prize

Assistance with fees for the Master of Wine study course is awarded to a student who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma and works in the UK wine & spirit trade. This award is sponsored by Wines from Spain in association with The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino.

Michael Taylor
Majestic Wine Warehouses

The Derouet Jameson Prizes

The Derouet Jameson Memorial Trust supports two students with funding for the Master of Wine study course. Both students will have achieved outstanding results across their Diploma and work in the UK wine & spirit trade.

Emily Brighton
Buckingham Schenk

James Holding
Hook and Ford Wines

The International Wine and Spirit Competition Prize

A student who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma is awarded funds from the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) to study a wine or spirit producing region and receives an engraved trophy.

James Matthias
Fine & Rare Wines

Wine Communicators of Australia

One year of free membership is awarded to every Australian Diploma graduate, of which there were sixteen in the last academic year.


Other Awards

Vintners’ Cup

The graduate achieving the highest aggregate mark across all units of the WSET Diploma.

WSET Educator of the Year

Recognising the outstanding contribution of an individual or company within our network of Approved Programme Providers.

Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award is an annual accolade that recognises a WSET Diploma graduate who is notably contributing to the industry.