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.

2017 Winner

Eno Cultura

Brazil

Thiago Mendes and Paulo Brammer set up Eno Cultura in Säo Paulo in 2013 and now run courses across the country. Impressive growth in a tough economic environment has been matched with excellent exam results and their introduction of scholarships has enabled more members of the trade to access WSET courses. They have also instigated several social projects across South America.

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

Nominees

Berry Bros. & Rudd

UK

A dynamic APP, run by Rebecca Lamont in the UK, Berry Bros. & Rudd has seen strong growth in student numbers for WSET wine qualifications for a number of years, as well as the newly introduced Levels 1 and 2 Awards in Spirits. Its extensive fine wine portfolio and increasing spirits range offers WSET students the chance to taste some incredible products. Berry Bros. & Rudd also deliver WSET programs in Hong Kong.

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


Bordeaux Wine Campus

France

To create a thriving business running WSET courses in a market that is one of the cradles of world wine culture, with a multitude of education options, is testament to the work that Bordeaux Wine Campus has done. Since Owner Fanny Darrieussecq started offering WSET courses in 2009 student numbers have grown progressively, more than doubling over the last two years.

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


Adam Chase DipWSET, Director of Grape Experience

USA

Previous winner of WSET Educator of the Year 2012, this year Adam is nominated as an individual to highlight the work he has done to ensure that the APP offers consistently high standards of WSET education. Grape Experience operates on both coasts of the USA (in Boston and San Francisco), with pass rates at all levels significantly higher than the global average. He is also part of the WSET Educator Programme teaching faculty.

 

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


Conviviality

UK

With the addition of Bibendum-PLB in 2016, Conviviality created a significant national on-trade supply capability while bringing together two of WSET’s key route-to-market APPs, Matthew Clark and Bibendum. Training almost 1,000 candidates from a diverse range of hospitality businesses with WSET wine qualifications, and now spirits qualifications at Matthew Clark, their focus on fomenting engaged relationships with key customers includes an integrated approach to training with WSET.

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


Erica Dent DipWSET, Owner of Enjoy Discovering Wine

UK

Previous Educator of the Year 2013 winner, Erica has had another amazing year delivering wine qualifications, and newly introduced spirits qualifications, to both consumers and trade across southern England whilst travelling Europe to help other providers improve their teaching. She has seen great success hosting students from catering faculties at southern colleges through WSET qualifications to help them gain their first job in the hospitality industry.

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


Laura Kent DipWSET, Owner of Yorkshire Wine School

UK

With a new venue in north Leeds and having recently added Level 2 Award in Spirits to her offering, Laura is building on her success to widen the reach of her courses. She runs consumer courses and trains local trade businesses won through her ever-growing network, and even finds time to run Level 3 Award in Wines courses in Spain for a local APP.

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


TS Wine Academy

China

TS Wine Academy, part of the wine media and education platform TasteSpirit, started offering WSET courses in 2013. Driven by Co-Founder and Director Young Shi, student numbers more than doubled last year and results have been excellent. Young Shi has pioneered WSET sake qualifications in China and was the first Mainland China-based Level 3 sake educator.

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

Other Awards

Prizes

View the year’s outstanding students across levels 2 to 4.

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.