About Us

An unprecedented Canadian educational experience.

Students in culinary classes at the CFWI

The opportunity that the Canadian Food and Wine Institute offers students is unprecedented in Canadian education. Located at the beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, in the heart of agricultural, wine and culinary country, with a burgeoning craft beer industry; CFWI offers opportunities for exceptional student experiences.

Our on-site 40 acres of vineyards, hop yard, culinary gardens, and Niagara College greenhouse, integrate with our Teaching WineryTeaching Brewery, and Teaching Restaurant, Benchmark, to provide students valuable hands-on, farm-to-table experiences. These learning experiences combined with the state-of-the-art facilities and accomplished professors at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, provide an extraordinary educational environment.

Recently, the Canadian Food and Wine Institute was included in MacLean’s Magazine, Top Canadian Culinary Schools list. The article stated, “Students looking to round out their culinary education should also look at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College, where Canada’s only teaching winery is located, as well as an on-campus brewery for aspiring craft beer makers. In addition to training for both sweet and savoury sides, there are tea and wine sommelier programs, and classes on how to run your own brewery and winery.”

Other accolades include winning the title of the Best Brewing Program in North America at the US Open Beer Championship 2016, for our Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Program.

The Niagara College Brewmaster program offers students over 500 hours of hands-on training in our on-site craft Teaching Brewery. In our unique, award-winning brewing program, students are grounded in the essentials of brewing, with a focus on exploring further into creative brewing, marketing and management. Students learn to look beyond the valve and the microscope — to be more than technicians — to be future leaders of the craft beer industry.

Canada’s only commercial Teaching Winery and vineyards give students a hands-on curriculum and an in-depth knowledge that sets graduates on the road to employment or entrepreneurship. Students of the programs go on to rewarding careers in winemaking, viticulture, winery management, sales, and more.

Benchmark Restaurant showcases food, wine and beer created, prepared and presented by students from the programs at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. The rotating menu remains local and seasonal, including college-grown, regional and provincial bounties. All of the menu offerings are based on our academic semesters, allowing student’s time to hone these skill sets and attain success at great culinary destinations at home and around the world.

Culinary Innovation and Food Technology is an advanced diploma program that bridges the combination of food and science. Partnership projects with local industries are common, providing students opportunities to work with possible employers and gain hands-on experience.

We are always impressed by the work of our graduates and continue to be inspired by the passion and talent with each new vintage of students.

What programs are offered through the Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI)?

With over 700 students in the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, we offer a wide variety of programs in all aspects of culinary, beer, wine, and culinary innovation.

To find a program visit our Programs page, or use the easy Program Finder tool to be matched with a program that works for you.