The Educator of the Year Award recognises the outstanding contribution of an individual or company within our network of Approved Programme Providers.

The recipient will have demonstrated a significant contribution to the development of WSET, promoting our values and vision while achieving noteworthy success in their own region.

The award is proudly sponsored by Riedel.

2018 Winner

Winning APP

Country

About the winner

WSET qualifications offered: Level 1 Award in Wines, Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, Level 3 Award in Wines, Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits, Level 1 Award in Spirits, Level 2 Award in Spirits, Level 1 Award in Sake, Level 3 Award in Sake.

Nominees

Adam Chase DipWSET, Director of Grape Experience

USA

Winner of WSET Educator of the Year 2012 and nominated as an individual for the second year running, Adam is held in great esteem by both his students and peers as a course provider who ensures consistently high standards of WSET wine, spirits and sake education on both coasts of the USA. He also has deep involvement in the WSET Educator Programme and other partnership projects.

WSET qualifications offered: Level 1 Award in Wines, Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, Level 3 Award in Wines, Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits, Level 1 Award in Spirits, Level 2 Award in Spirits, Level 1 Award in Sake, Level 3 Award in Sake.


Caplan Corporation

Japan

A dedicated APP with a strong reputation in Japan and beyond, Caplan has become an excellent WSET ambassador for the region. Keeping up with new developments and constantly finding ways to improve its offering, including new classrooms and a teacher calibration programme to standardise teaching, it has seen candidate numbers increasing up to Diploma and now also offers sake qualifications.

WSET qualifications offered: Level 1 Award in Wines, Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, Level 3 Award in Wines, Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits, Level 1 Award in Sake, Level 3 Award in Sake.


Get Wine Smart

Australia

Following rapid growth, Get Wine Smart recently rebranded from its original name “Wine Construct” and now has a team of educators delivering WSET courses to the Australian trade. The APP provides distributors, producers and hospitality companies with innovative solutions to their corporate training needs and its use of interactive learning materials sees its students achieve above average results.

WSET qualifications offered: Level 1 Award in Wines, Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, Level 3 Award in Wines, Level 1 Award in Spirits, Level 2 Award in Spirits


Republic National Distributing Company

USA

RNDC has shown an extraordinary level of commitment to WSET education. Using WSET Educator Programmes to develop talent internally, it has grown its capability to support staff through WSET qualifications and increased candidate numbers for wine and spirits qualifications 5-fold in just two years. With attention to quality assurance, it is also launching a custom WSET Diploma course.

WSET qualifications offered: Level 1 Award in Wines, Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, Level 3 Award in Wines, Level 2 Award in Spirits


Truro College

UK

Truro College has found great success by reaching out to the hospitality sector across the South West UK and adding spirits qualifications to its WSET repertoire. Securing funding and engaging with local hospitality businesses has enabled the college to grow candidate numbers significantly, seeing the opportunity in what is often thought as a challenging region due to geography and economics.

WSET qualifications offered: Level 1 Award in Wines, Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, Level 3 Award in Wines, Level 1 Award in Spirits.


Tulleeho Portals

India

Tulleeho Portals has been a key WSET education provider for India’s trade since 2009, both across the wine country and in bar schools and hospitality colleges throughout Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. As the first APP to offer the Level 2 Award in Spirits in India, it is amping up its spirits offering, partnering with global drinks brands, and has been a great support to WSET’s team for recent activity in the country.

WSET qualifications offered: Level 1 Award in Wines, Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, Level 3 Award in Wines, Level 1 Award in Spirits, Level 2 Award in Spirits


West London Wine School

UK

West London Wine School has established an outstanding reputation as an educator for both consumers and the trade. It has seen continuous growth in candidate numbers thanks to a full schedule with a variety of options for course dates and has gained exposure through both social media and word-of-mouth. In 2019, it will also be expanding its offer by introducing WSET spirits and sake qualifications.

WSET qualifications offered: Level 1 Award in Wines, Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, Level 3 Award in Wines.

Other Awards

Vintners’ Cup

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

Outstanding Alumni Award

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