MASTER OF PORT, Canada, 2018 Competition A program of professional development and competition for certified sommeliers. Conducted by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto, I.P. In conjunction with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers / L’Association Canadienne des Sommeliers Professionels (CAPS/ACSP)

The ‘Master of Port’ is a prestigious title awarded to professional sommeliers who are presently working in the hospitality industry and who have displayed expert knowledge in the area of Port associated with wine production, Douro Demarcated Region, history, brands, years and harvests, pairings and moments of consumption and service.  The ‘Master of Port’ holder becomes an ambassador of the ‘Port’ brand and thus, is recognized by the industry as a specialist and a representative of the excellence that makes Port one of the best wines in the world.   The title ‘Master of Port’ is awarded to an individual who ranks first in a competition that is made up of theoretical and practical tests before a jury of recognized and respected individuals, and by the Port sector.


The Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto, I.P. (IVDP,I.P.)’s decision to offer a competition in Canada demonstrates two ‘firsts’.  It is the first time it will be offered in a country outside of France, and the first time to be offered in Canada.    To-date, Le SYNDICAT des GRANDES MARQUES de PORTO (S.G.M.P.) et L'UNION de la SOMMELLERIE FRANÇAISE (U.D.S.F.) in France have been the only group to work with the IVDP, I.P. to offer the ‘Master of Port’ competition, with professionals from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg able to compete.  The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers / L’Association Canadienne des Sommeliers Professionels (CAPS/ACSP) is honoured to have been invited to work with the IVDP, I.P. in delivering a national competition here in Canada, in offering professional development  opportunities to its members, and in the promotion of both Port wines and sommellerie across Canada.


Proposed Program:





April 29th, 2018

Website live

·  Introduction, rules & regulations, registration form and syllabus will be posted and made available on

May 8th, 2018

Application Deadline

·  Candidates submit completed registration form

·  Online at


May 14th, 2018

Qualifying on-line theory test.

·  On-line test is scheduled for 10:00 in British Columbia; 12:00 in Manitoba; 13:00 in Ontario: and 14:00 in Atlantic

·    Instructions will be forwarded to validated candidates to access the test.

May 15th, 2018

Announcement of quarter-final round candidates

· IVDP will notify candidates who will move forward to the quarter-final

· Names will be posted on the site.

June 10 – 14, 2018

Master of Port quarter-final program.

- Held in Portugal

·    Includes arrival on June 10; training and visits in Porto and the Douro June 11, 12; quarter-final (written and practical)  and closing dinner on June 13, return to Canada on June 14, 2018.



- Date to be scheduled.

Semi-final and Final Round in Canada

o Details to be provided closer to the date.  In general:

o   Semi-Final Round

o   Format:

o  Written Theory

o  Verbal Blind

o  Practical Service

o   Final Round

o   Format: All verbal.

o  Includes requirement for theoretical and practical knowledge and service

o  Verbal blind