About the International Wine Guild

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The International Wine & Spirits Guild was established to encourage study to develop technical and professional understanding and increased knowledge of wine throughout all areas of the wine, spirits and food service industry. Whether you work in a restaurant, hotel, wine shop, liquor store, are a wholesaler or importer, or are an individual with a passion for wine there are programs designed specifically for you leading to a Guild Wine Master diploma. In addition, if you are a wine instructor, or would like to develop the skills to teach others about wine in a wine school setting, there is also an advanced program path leading to a Guild Wine Master Instructor.

The Guild is dedicated to fostering wine education at the highest levels and helping both wine professionals and wine enthusiasts increase and expand their knowledge and understanding of wine. To become a Guild member you must successfully complete either the Guild Wine Seminar (one weekend) or the Advanced Wine Course. The Guild also teaches numerous wine classes for the general public.

To learn about our professional programs go to the Wine School Professional Programs Overview page. The Guild offers professional programs from entry level through Master.

Calendar of Classes

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State Approved

Professional programs of the International Wine Guild are approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board.

Contact the Guild

303.296.3966 Phone
303.904.3245 Fax
On-line contact form

What Makes Us Different?

We are a wine college, not just (or only) a professional training organization. We provide the support and education to prepare you for certification, if certification is your goal. For example, our Level II Wine Seminar is a 12-week course in which we teach formal Sommelier Service, wine making, event planning, wine service preparation, and wine list design as well as medium-depth discussions on 16 countries and tasting (with formal evaluation) of about 100 wines. At Level III we even assign a mentor to each Master Candidate to help ensure their successful completion of this expert level study.

We train professionals, people wanting to make a career change, people wanting to start their own wine related business and serious enthusiast. We understand that there are professionals and enthusiasts with a passion for wine, as well as wine and food. Therefore, we provide professional quality courses for professionals and serious enthusiasts.

All of our lead instructors in our professional programs have industry experience – often in a range of different parts of the industry. Like most of our students (who often work full-time) they are part-time instructors and full-time in the industry. Many have career changed into the industry and have a full understanding of how to be successful in the industry after a career in another field. Many have even started their own successful wine related businesses.

All of our instructors have been through a two-year training program to become Senior Wine Instructors. They teach to a curriculum.

Because the wine industry changes at such a rapid pace, we have developed all of the full-color materials we use in our professional classes. In addition, we have developed a series of proprietary tools that students receive as part of the materials for each class. (Materials are included in your registration fees.) These materials are updated annually to stay on top of a fast changing industry.

We pour premium quality wines in each class. Many people who teach wine classes only use one distributor, or have a goal of selling wine as part of the class. We work with all distributors and do not cut corners by serving mediocre or poor quality wine. We are a wine college and do not sell wine as part of our instruction – in fact, we do not have an off-premise license at all.

As our tagline says, our goal is to offer you “a lifetime of wine education.”

More Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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