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 2017/2018.

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.

Jonathan Houston
United States Army (USA)

Charlotte Wilkerson
(UK)

Ganesh Hulme
(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.

Mark Williams
New Forest Spirits 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.

Paul de Newtown
Jero Consulting

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.

Kyle Jones
East London Liquor Company

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 with the International Wine Challenge in 2019.

Sarah Stewart

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 SAR, China student who achieved outstanding results and submitted the strongest essay application for this prize.

Mindy Ho
Maples and Calder (Hong Kong) LLP

Decanter Asia Wine Award Prizes

Three students who work in either mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Japan, who achieved outstanding results and are not in the wine & spirit trade, will receive £3,000 each for use towards WSET Level 4 Diploma course fees.

Natalia Morrison
Home Cooking East & West

Masaki Okada
Seigetsu-do Restaurant (Mizuhara Corporation)

Sharon Ng

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 prizes are open to students based in mainland China and North America.

Renyun Huang
Shenzhen Wine Talking Co., Ltd. (China)

Kelsey Rufiange
Echo Bay Vineyard (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.

Rosemary Allen
The Wine Society

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.

Marianne Pilloux
Alice House, Urban Leisure Group

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.

Alastair Wighton
Alteus Wines

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.

Harriet Chandler
Berry Bros. & Rudd

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.

Matthew Grinham

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.

Eleanor Stevens
The Sampler Wine Merchant

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.

Victor Barré
The Ledbury

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.

Madelaine Riley
Lay & Wheeler

Michael Huband
Amathus

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.

Frances Chambers
Ardevora Asset Management

Oliver Cardozo
Apperio

Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits

Casella Family Brands Prize

A study trip to Australia as a guest of Casella Family Brands is awarded to a high achieving graduate who is employed in the wine trade in the UK.

Rory Maw
Magdalen College

Steven Spurrier Academie du Vin Award

A selection of wines is awarded to the top international student with outstanding results in the Unit 3 – Light wines of the world tasting paper.

Daniela Frison

The Sandeman Port Prize

A trip to Portugal during the harvest to participate in the Sandeman Port Wine Seminar is awarded to a USA-based wine trade candidate, who achieved outstanding results in the Diploma Unit 6 – Fortified wines exam. Sandeman is part of Sogrape, Original Legacy Wines.

Katy Long
Vintage Wine Estates

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.

Ben Craighead
The Good Wine Shop

The Wines of Great Britain Prize

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

Christine Allen
Maisons Marques et Domaines

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.

Rodrigo Hernández Pozuelo
Independent winemaker and consultant

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.

Domen Presern
Bacchus Wine Technologies

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.

Diana Lyalle
The Wine Shop Winscombe

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.

Rebecca James
The Bon Vivant’s Companion

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.

Emily Rowe
Majestic Wine

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.

Tatiana Livesey
Winerist

The Casa Ferreirinha Prize

A trip to Portugal and in-depth experience of the Douro wines by its pioneer and most iconic brand is awarded to a UK-based student, who has achieved outstanding results in the Diploma Unit 3 – Light wines of the world exam. Casa Ferreirinha is part of Sogrape, Original Legacy Wines.

Matthew James
The Sampler Wine Merchant

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 and is employed in the wine & spirit trade.

Stijn Verleyen
Vinilegium

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.

Mary Wright
Liberty Wines

The McNie Tasting Trophy

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

Katrina Smith
Hambledon Vineyard

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.

Róisín Kennedy
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.

Zoe Dearsley
Nyetimber

The Louis Jadot Burgundy Prize

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

Katrina Smith
Hambledon Vineyard

The Julian Brind Prize

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

Tan Wu
Wines of Germany China Office

The Wine Trade Paten Prize

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

Corissa Funk
Freelance

Hors Concours

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

Jen Causton

The Hardy’s Vintage Prize

A 10 day study trip to Australia during vintage, as a guest of Accolade Wines Ltd, is awarded to a student who achieved outstanding results across the Diploma and is employed in the UK wine & spirit trade.

Emilie Blanc
Bibendum

The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace Prize

A study visit to Alsace as a guest of The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace is awarded to a student from the UK wine & spirit trade who achieved outstanding results across the Diploma.

Thomas Curvis
Boutinot

The Bibendum Prize

A five-day work-experience with Bibendum is awarded to a top Diploma graduate who is looking to start a career in the wine & spirit trade.

Alexandra Scott

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 the Diploma and who work in the wine & spirit trade in either greater China, Singapore, the UK or the USA.

Trond Erling Pettersen
Vinmonopolet/The Norwegian Wine Monopoly

Cheng Wang
Broadcom Wine Trade Co.Ltd. 

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 the Diploma. The prizes will go to international students.

Jesse Walters
Bistro Wagon Rouge

Fintan Kerr
Cuentista

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 the Diploma.

Trent Stewart
Grassroots Wine Wholesalers

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.

David Hefford
Hilltop Wines Ltd.

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 the Diploma and is employed in the wine & spirit industry in either North America, Mainland China, Japan or the UK.

Lucy Perbellini
Liberty Wines

The Yvonne May Wine Australia Prize

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

Patricia Lorimer
John E Fells + Sons

Wine Australia Prize, Asia Pacific

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

Xiaolei Duan
The Wine Story Dalian

Wines from Spain Prize

Assistance with fees for the Master of Wine study course and a study trip to Spain is awarded to a student who achieved outstanding results across the Diploma and works in the UK wine & spirit trade.

Victoria Mason
Waitrose

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 the Diploma and work in the UK wine & spirit trade.

Amanda Barnes
Freelance wine journalist

Lucy Bland
Berry Bros. & Rudd

The International Wine and Spirit Competition Trophy

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

Yuri Shima
Forbes Japan

The Vintners’ Scholarship

The student who achieved the highest overall mark across their Diploma is awarded funds from The Worshipful Company of Vintners’ to study a wine or spirit producing region.


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.