Who is this program for?

The French Wine Scholar Program covers French wine law, grape varieties, viticulture, winemaking and all of the French wine regions. This core body of knowledge is important whether you sell wine, buy wine or teach about wine.

The FWS program allows wine professionals to set themselves apart from their peers by specializing in the wines of France.

It is a great resource and supplement for students of wine moving toward advanced general wine study programs such as WSET Diploma (Level 4), Court of Master Sommeliers, Master of Wine, etc.

There are no pre-requisites, however we highly recommend that students have at least a basic understanding of wine prior to registering for this course. Ideally students should possess the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, or equivalent intermediate level of wine knowledge. 

Why study French wine?

All students of wine eventually discover France. Some use it as the starting point to begin their vinous exploration while others arrive in France after having sampled the wines of other countries.  There is a world within French wine, and the wines and wine styles of France have impacted the entire wine world.

Many reference France as the benchmark for wine production, but this is not just because of the quality and quantity of wines it produces. This long-standing reputation is due to the fact that internationally recognized grape varieties of high caliber such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are all native to France!

By studying French wine, students gain a deeper appreciation for the grape and its travels and a reference point for Old World/New World comparisons. 

This course provides a critical level of knowledge for those students working in food and beverage venues with wine programs, particularly venues with an emphasis on French wines. Serious wine enthusiasts will find this program provides an in-depth look at the different French regions and styles, allowing them to make more informed purchase decisions, and find new favorite regions!

More about the French Wine Scholar Program:

The French Wine Scholar program is exclusively taught by authorized program providers and approved instructors who have passed the exam with honors or highest honors.

Industry Relevant: Developed and administrated by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists.

Certification Exam: The French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential will be conferred to those individuals who achieve a score of 75 or higher on a 100-question multiple-choice test. Candidates scoring 85-90 pass with “Honors”. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with “Highest Honors”. Successful candidates will receive a FWS post-nominal, a lapel pin, and a certificate of completion. 

Online Study Program: To complement the manual and classroom experience, enrolled students will have a 1 year access to the FWS online study program. The online platform is composed of multimedia E-learning modules with full audio narration for each region, plus a comprehensive series of webinars on regional wine styles with suggested wine list, review quizzes for self-evaluation, instructor Q&A forum for personal assistance and downloadable maps. Study materials are available 24/7. If you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection, you’ve got a classroom!

Detailed Curriculum: The French Wine Scholar program presents each French wine region as an integrated whole by explaining the impact of history, the significance of geological events, the importance of topographical markers and the influence of climatic factors on the wine the glass. No topic is discussed in isolation in order to give students a working knowledge of the material at hand.

State-of-the-Art Course Materials and Delivery: Upon registration, each FWS students receives: 

  • 274-page full-color study manual
  • 1-year access to the French Wine Scholar online study program for class preparation and review
  • Registration for the French Wine Scholar Exam
  • Tasting over 50 French wines during the course of the program, to bring your studies to life!
  • Access to a review session prior to the exam 

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