About IWEC

About IWEC

The International Wine Education Centre (IWEC) was established in 2011 as the first Approved Programme Provider for the internationally-recognised Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in Africa. WSET is the largest global provider of wines & spirits qualifications and their wine and spirit courses are the accepted industry-standard in more than 60 countries with over 56,000 people sitting a WSET exam in the last twelve months alone.

Led by WSET International Educator of the Year, Cathy Marston AIWS, the IWEC offers a full range of WSET courses from entry level to Level 3, both online and as classroom courses. The IWEC also liaises with the London Wine & Spirit School to help facilitate WSET’s flagship qualification, Level 4 Diploma, now into its second successful year.

The IWEC regularly teaches courses throughout South Africa, specialising in Western Cape and Gauteng, and can run bespoke courses anywhere in the country for individual companies or groups of interested wine-lovers. The IWEC has also run courses in Mauritius and Namibia and is happy to consider future courses throughout Africa to meet demands.


10 reasons why a WSET course with the IWEC is the best choice for you:


Anyone wanting to work in wine or hospitality outside SA or who deals with any wine or hospitality business outside SA will find common ground with employers and customers alike through WSET. In addition, successful Level 2 & 3 candidates may use the WSET Approved logo on all correspondence.

Qualified teachers

All IWEC lecturers have either passed the WSET Diploma or are Masters of Wine, or are qualified and experienced winemakers or other industry professionals. Lecturers are always monitored by the IWEC to ensure a consistently-high standard. The IWEC’s Cathy Marston is the current WSET Educator of the Year 2014/2015, chosen from more than 2,000 programme providers around the world.

Trusted brand

WSET has been offering wine courses for nearly 50 years and is regarded as the world leader in wine and spirits education and qualifications.


International wines

The wine courses are primarily focussed on wines around the world with the vast majority of samples coming from outside South Africa.


The student materials comprise everything you need to pass the exam and use as a reference guide in the future. No need to purchase other expensive wine books.

Teaching methods

The IWEC uses detailed lesson plans and educator accessories such as Powerpoint presentations, slides, tests etc to ensure that students get the most out of the lectures and don’t waste their time.

Suitable for industry professionals and enthusiastic amateurs alike

Although the IWEC’s courses were devised for wine-folk, any wine-lover will gain a huge amount of knowledge and enjoyment from completing one of these courses.


All WSET exams are set and marked in London, UK. This means that your qualification is unbiased, impartial and on a par with others around the world.

Up to date

Course materials are regularly updated every third year.

Looking ahead

If you are interested in furthering your wine studies, ultimately ending up as a Master of Wine, then WSET is the direct route for all further studies.