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Next French Wine Scholar session will be 
Saturdays June 15, 22, 29 & July 6th
*please note: registration for Diploma D3 Part 1 is separate - click here

The French Wine Scholar program is an official course of study designed by the Wine Scholar Guild (former French Wine Society) to provide current, accurate information on the wine regions of France and validate proficiency in the Wines of France.  It is endorsed by Wines of France/French National Wine Office and is taught by licensed French Wine Scholar Instructors. Wine professionals who follow this in-depth curriculum on the wines of France and pass the exam, earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal. In order to prepare properly, you must read and study the FWS manual carefully.


The curriculum and teaching materials for the French Wine Scholar Program are the same regardless of where you study. Our industry leading instructors will make the difference in your learning experience.

The Full Program Includes:

  • 24 hours of instruction with tutored tastings

  • A 250-page, full-color FWS Study Manual & FWS exam registration

  • Access for 1 full year to the FWS Online Study Program

  • The French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential, certificate and lapel pin upon passing the FWS exam

The exam is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of France. Passing score is 75. 

Note: All Attendees of our classes must be at least 21 years of age.


Program Dates & Time:

  • Dates: Saturdays June 15, 22, 29 & July 6
    9:00am to 4:30pm
    Exam Saturday, August 3 at 10:00am

Program Syllabus: 
consists of the Course and the FWS exam, as follows:

  • Introduction to France & Alsace

  • Champagne

  • Burgundy’s Cote d’Or

  • Chablis, Chalonnaise & Maconnaise

  • Beaujolais, Jura & Savoie

  • Loire

  • Bordeaux

  • Rhone

  • Provence, Languedoc, & Roussillon

  • Southwest & Corsica

  • FWS Review Session

  • French Wine Scholar exam


  • Full Series Program $1,000 for all classes and the FWS exam

Registration must be completed 2 weeks before class start to guarantee materials.

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