wine workshop

Wine Workshops for Restaurant and Hospitality Staff

Level 1 and Level 2 courses available

The Ontario South Coast region is close to obtaining a Designated Viticultural Area (DVA) status. As we continue to grow in popularity as a wine destination, food and wine tourists are visiting our region expecting a quality experience and knowledgeable service – and you’ll be ready!


Workshop Content:

Level 1:  Introduction to Ontario’s South Coast (April 25 & 2nd date TBD)

Education about our local wine industry:

  • What is a DVA? – Introduction to wine concepts including terroir and VQA
  • What is the Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association (OSCWGA) and what does having a DVA mean for our region?

Customer service training:

  • How to open a bottle of wine
  • Detecting if the wine is corked or to know when a wine isn’t ideal to serve
  • Optimal serving temperatures for different wines
  • How to chill wine quickly
  • Food and wine pairing basics that outline how wine enhances the food experience


Level 2:  Getting to know the varietals of Ontario’s South Coast featuring Classic Food Pairings

and Historical Approaches (April 26 & May 2)

Education about our local wine industry:

  • Update from the Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association on the progress of becoming a DVA
  • Sample wines from each winery in Ontario’s South Coast

Customer service training:

  • Learn about the varietals that flourish in Ontario’s South Coast and the characteristics that make them unique
  • Learn about the classic food pairings for these varietals and how to recommend a wine to pair with a dish



Keynote Instructor:

Jenni Mudge-Winters, Certified Master Taster. Jenni is a dynamic wine educator with over 15 years of experience working in the Ontario Wine Industry.



$10 per person for OSCWGA members

$20 per person for non-members


How to register:

In order to keep the workshop interactive and hands on – registration will be limited to approx. 20 people per session. It is anticipated that the sessions will fill up quickly. Please register for your preferred session through PayPal by clicking on the “Add to Cart” buttons below. New to PayPal? You don’t need to set up a PayPal account, you can pay using a credit card. To view step by step instructions, click here.


Workshop Dates and Locations:

1.  Level 1: Monday April 25 (5-8pm) – Frisky Beaver, Port Dover

2.  Level 2: Tuesday, April 26 (2-5pm) –  Bonnieheath Estate Winery, Waterford

3.  Level 2: Monday, May 2 (2-5pm) – Burning Kiln, St. Williams

4.  Level 1: Wednesday June 8 (2-5pm) – Rush Creek, Aylmer

Please choose one of the following:

Questions about registration? Please contact:, 519-410-9463

Thanks to our workshop sponsors: