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New Zealand School of Wines and Spirits

The New Zealand School of Wines and Spirits, NZSWS, was established by Jane Skilton MW to provide the Wine and Spirit Education Trust® (WSET) courses to New Zealand. The WSET offers the highest standard of wine education in the world offer with four awards:

WSET Level 1 Foundation Certificate
WSET Level 2 Intermediate Certificate
WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate
WSET Level 4 Diploma Course

Jane Skilton MW, Tutor Originally from the UK, Jane studied for her WSET® Diploma examination in London and passed the final examination in 1988, gaining both the Frescobaldi and Cognac scholarships. Jane is the only female Master of Wine based in New Zealand. She publishes an online wine magazine, The Independent Wine Monthly, as well as contributing to a number of wine publications. She is a senior wine judge both internationally and in NZ, and co-ordinates the MW Education Seminar, held in Adelaide, each November.

Fiona Paul AIWS, Tutor is Associate of the Institute of Wines and Spirits, Fiona has 16 years experience in the wines and spirits industry. She worked in the UK for a major wine importer based in Scotland, and in NZ where she represented a number of domestic wineries herself. Before that Fiona worked in New Zealand for a wine distributor selling New Zealand and international wines, and managed a fine wine retail shop. Fiona has first hand experience of vineyards in France, Spain, NZ and Australia. In 2007 she passed her WSET Level 4 Diploma examination with Merit, and is currently enrolled on the Master of Wine programme, hoping to become a Master of Wine some time in the not too distant future.

If you are interested in applying for, working towards and achieving an internationally recognized professional qualification then visit NZSWS to find out more.