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Named Scholarships

The Business of Wine & Excellence Scholarship

The Business of Wine & Excellence Scholarship is a Nicholas Pearce Wines self-funded educational bursary designed to increase diversity and education in the wine industry. 

This scholarship is tailored to BIPOC individuals looking to pursue a career in wine that pertains to wine sales and agency. The successful recipient of this scholarship will benefit from financial aid and have access to trade mentorship from Christopher Sealy and Ray Williams. 


Applicants must work and reside in Canada.

Applicants must be Black, Indigenous, or identify as a Person of Colour.

Scholarship amount awarded $2,500.00. 

This scholarship is funded by Nicholas Pearce Wines.

About Nicholas Pearce Wines

Working with industry-leading sommeliers, restaurants, and international winemakers, Nicholas Pearce Wines has been leading the way, with a focus on hospitality and customer service for over a decade. Their highly motivated, professional team of sommeliers and wine lovers source boutique, handcrafted wines from around the world for their clients and customers. NPW Portfolio is exclusive to Ontario wine drinkers and they provide a wide selection in all price points, many priced under $25 per bottle. Stay home, stay safe and drink great wine.⁠

Capstone California Wine Certification Program

Capstone California offers four levels of study: Introductory; Intermediate; Advanced; and Expert/Ambassador. All four levels are included in this scholarship. To learn more about each level visit Capstone certification. Vinequity members have complimentary access to Level 1 and Level II. To qualify for the scholarship you must pass level 1 upon application deadline.

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About the California Wine Institute and Capstone

Wine Institute (WI), established in 1934, is the leading advocate for the California wine industry. Founded shortly after the repeal of Prohibition with just 42 members, WI is now an association of over 1,000 California wineries and wine-related businesses that initiate and advocate public policy.


The Capstone California Project offers four levels, from novice (no wine knowledge required) to expert. Each level builds upon the previous one and covers history, geography, climate, soils, grapes, viticulture, vinification, aging/maturation, wine law, official classifications, terminology, producers, vintages and the business of wine. Classes are a convenient mix of self-study and online classes, designed to complete according to your own schedule.

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