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.

Winner

Dragon Phoenix

China

Winner

Hakkasan

UK, USA and Middle East

Winner

Napa Valley Wine Academy

USA

Nominees

Berkmann Wine Cellars

UK

Berkmann has seen a continual increase in WSET candidate numbers for the past four years. They also introduced their own Veraison training programme last year aimed specifically at the needs of hospitality clients and the importance of service skills backed by product knowledge.

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


Dragon Phoenix

China

Co-founded by mainland China’s first MW Fongyee Walker, Dragon Phoenix has a strong profile as a centre for wine education in China with a comprehensive offering of WSET qualifications including the highest accolade, the Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits.

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


Hakkasan

UK, USA and Middle East

Hakkasan has a comprehensive staff training programme across its group, which includes value-adding activities such as vineyard visits alongside WSET exams. Each restaurant has at least one WSET Certified Educator and the group saw strong growth in candidates over the last academic year.

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 Wines and Spirits, Level 3 Award in Sake


Hallgarten Druitt Novum Wines

United Kingdom

Hallgarten has two full time educators overseen by Beverly Tabbron MW and, as a business, strongly encourages employees to sit WSET courses. Its trade connections have enabled it to offer WSET qualifications wider within the hospitality sector.

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


L’Academie du Vin de Paris

France

When L’Academie du Vin first started offering WSET courses in Paris, it was one of only two APPs in the city. Despite growing competition as more APPs open, it has managed to grow its student numbers phenomenally.

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


Liberty Wines

United Kingdom

Liberty Wines has a significant number of WSET Certified Educators in-house and the majority of Liberty staff holds a WSET qualification. Liberty Wine Academy offers different modules in tasting, service, sales, wine list navigation, and food and wine pairing in addition to WSET.

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


Napa Valley Wine Academy

USA

WSET Certified Educator Christian Oggenfuss has expanded beyond California and now offers courses across the States with an impressive line-up of educators. Napa Valley Wine Academy’s client list includes major distributors, national retailers and hospitality businesses, and they have an online presence beyond their website including an online learning academy, blog, and strong social media profile.

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 and Spirits , Level 3 Award in Sake


Elisa Errea from The Wine Studio

Spain

Elisa is the lead WSET Certified Educator at The Wine Studio alongside four other educators. She is a strong advocate of WSET and has developed relationships with organisations not just in Madrid but around Spain, allowing WSET access to students in Rioja, Valladolid and Seville.

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

Other Awards

Scholarships and 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.