Success at the WSET Annual Awards & Graduation Ceremony

At the WSET's annual Awards & Graduation Ceremony at Guildhall London this week, Liberty Wines basked in the reflected glory of awards won by our colleagues Mary Wright and Lisa McElhinney, who excelled in their Level 4 Diploma examinations last year. In addition, Regine Lee MW was shortlisted for the WSET Outstanding Alumni Award, while Tina Iorlano and Ernesta Singleton celebrated their successful completion and graduation in the Level 4 Diploma.

Mary Wright

Mary received both the Freixenet Copestick Prize (a study trip to the Group's producers in Spain, Italy and Germany) and the McNie Tasting Trophy - a silver plated wine cooler presented for the top results in the Unit 3 Light Wines of the World tasting paper. 

Lisa McElhinney

Lisa was awarded the prestigious Derouet Jameson Award, a graduate prize that will provide support with funding for the Master of Wine course, which Lisa plans to start later this year. 

Regine Lee MW

Regine was one of five people shortlisted for the fourth Outstanding Alumni Award, an annual accolade that recognises a WSET Diploma graduate who is notably contributing to the industry. The nominees are chosen by the WSET International Alumni Advisory Board, then voted on by WSET Diploma graduates from across the world. 

Congratulations to Regine, Lisa, Mary, Tina and Ernesta on these great rewards for all their hard work and dedication. Their achievements embody excellence and education, which are at the heart of what we do. 

Both Liberty Wines and Sogrape handed out prizes too. The Liberty Wines Prize, a trip to the Veneto with our team for the Vinitaly trade show that is awarded to a Level 4 Diploma student from the UK or Ireland who has done particularly well in the Unit 1 Global Business paper, went to Tom Savage (who has worked for the Discovery Channel for 10 years but is looking to get into the wine industry). Joao Gomes Silva, the head of Sogrape Vinhos in Portugal, presented two prizes: the Casa Ferreirinha Prize to Caroline Doyle of Tesco, who will go to the Douro to get an in-depth experience of this wonderful region; and the Sandeman Port Prize, which was awarded to a US-based wine trade candidate, Alexander Littauer of Vincurian.

The ceremony honoured the largest ever graduating class of 665 Level 4 Diploma students across 18 countries worldwide. For the full list of graduates and prize winners, please visit