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French Wine Scholar™ 2024

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Event Description

The French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) study and certification program is geared for members of the wine trade and avid French wine enthusiasts. It is endorsed by the National French Wine Office and successful candidates are conferred the French Wine Scholar™ title and encouraged to use the FWS post-nominal as part of their professional signatures. They will also receive the French Wine Scholar certificate and lapel pin.

Download the French Wine Scholar™ Brochure here or watch the promotional video here.


- FWS is designed to test for proficiency in ALL the wines and wine regions of France.
- FWS is ideal for those currently studying or completed WSET Level 3 and Level 4 as an ideal supplement 
- FWS is also ideal for those who hold an enthusiastic interest for the French wine industry

No previous experience of Wine Tasting is necessary to register on this course but we strongly recommend that you have a passion for, or interest in, French wine; that will be more important! 


Sundays 7th September, 28th September, 5th October, 12th October, with the exam on Sunday 26th October.

This leisurely schedule over 8 weeks gives students plenty of time to study between classroom sessions.

- The French Wine Scholar™ curriculum is comprised of 4 weekend classes over consecutive weeks, with a revision session and the exam taking place on the 5th week.
- All students receive a study book (please see an excerpt below) as well as access to the fantastic course E-Learning Modules
- An average of 10-12 wines will be tasted per class with some matching with typical regional cheeses and meats


  • Wine Tasting: Taste and describe wines from key French regions
    Regional Food and Wine Matching: An informal guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine 
    Wine Service and Storage: Learn the correct way to store and serve key French wines
    Grape Varieties: Learn about the characteristics and styles of wines produced from ALL the French grape varieties
    Regions: Full immersion in ALL the French wine regions; Alsace, Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Jura, Savoie, Loire, Bordeaux, Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhone, Southwest, Provence and Corsica
    Number of Wines Tasted: 50+ wines will be tasted as part of the course
    Study Materials: Students will receive the French Wine Scholar Study Manual, a comprehensive guide to ALL French wine
    Additional Materials: Students will have access to a complete E-Learning Package. There are 20 multimedia modules with webinars on regional wine styles, review quizzes, forums, downloadable maps & etc.
    Duration of course: 5 days, spread as one day a week, inclusive of examination on the 5th day. Days will last from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
    Examination: 100 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes. A mark of 75% required to pass
    Certification: All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin.

Course Content

  • Week 1: Introduction & fundamentals of French wines.  The wines of Alsace, Jura and Savoie.
  • Week 2: The wines of Champagne, Bourgogne and Beaujolais.
  • Week 3: The wines of the Loire Valley, Bordeaux and SW France
  • Week 4: The wines of the Rhône Valley, Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon and Corsica
  • Week 5: Final revision session and exam (half day) Note: The exam will take place on Sunday 26th October 2024 to allow students to prepare thoroughly for the exam.
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