The one-year Sommelier Ontario College Certificate program gives you the skills and knowledge to enter or advance a career in the wine profession.
Wine and beverage expertise has become an essential tool in the hospitality industry, creating a high demand for qualified professionals. In our newly-renovated sommelier lab, you acquire the specialized skills and extensive knowledge to meet this demand.
Gain knowledge of the viticulture and viniculture of primary grape growing areas around the world. Through tastings of a variety of wines, expand your ability to recognize distinctive aromas and flavours associated with various wine regions. Learn food and wine pairing skills, cellaring tips, marketing techniques, grape varieties, wine list development and the proper service of wine, beer and whiskeys.
Take your skills into the real world with a 40-hour field placement at a restaurant, wine shop, winery, wine retail outlet or wine show. This industry experience helps you build valuable connections and become career-ready. Upon graduation, you receive certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, Restaurant Service, Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits, and Level 2 Award in Spirits. Graduates also receive the prestigious Algonquin College Sommelier Pin as a symbol of achievement.