The annual Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Awards and Graduation took place in London this week where 16 Australian graduates were recognised.

Sixteen graduates from Australia received the WSET Diploma and two Australian WSET candidates, Samuel Winfield and Melissa Mills, were also honoured with awards for outstanding results.

Winfield received The Laithwaite’s Australia Prize for achieving an outstanding result in his WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, while Mills won the IWC Sake Prize for outstanding results in the WSET Level 3 Sake course.

Hosted for the first time by new WSET honorary president Steven Spurrier alongside WSET chief executive Ian Harris, the event attracted more than 500 wine and spirits professionals from all over the world.

“Knowledgeable professionals and consumers are proving increasingly important for the future success of the wine and spirits industry,” says Harris.

“Thanks to the hard work of our educators, Approved Programme Providers and the WSET team, the academic year 2016/17 marked 15 years of consecutive growth for WSET, with over 85,000 candidates worldwide completing a WSET qualification during the year.”

The WSET Level 4 Diploma is WSET’s highest qualification and is universally viewed as the stepping stone to the Master of Wine qualification.

See the full list of graduates here.

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