Register Now

Sign up to receive our latest updates

You are welcome to purchase wine during the trip. Please ask the instructor if there is enough time at the end of the visit for you to make your purchase without impeding the progress of the trip. However, not all estates sell at the estate; in Bordeaux, for example, very few of the Classified Growth chateaux sell wine at the chateau (they sell exclusively through wine merchants).  American participants should be aware that, according to U.S. law, only a licensed importer can receive foreign shipments of alcohol.  So you may want to speak with a local importer before you leave for France, and ask if they will agree to receive a wine shipment for you.  For participants from other countries, it is sometimes possible for the estate to ship wine to your home with an additional shipping charge.  In any case, you always have the option of bringing wine home with you in your checked luggage.  You may have to pay some amount of duty on your wine when you go through customs; please check with your local authorities for further information.

Wine Scholar™ programs


Study & Certificate Programs

The Wine Scholar Guild's Master-Level program is a U.S. wine industry-endorsed and French Regional Wine Councils-endorsed wine study program for trade and for advanced students of wine. Candidates can earn Master-Level Certificates for accruing expertise in each of the wine regions of France.

More details…



5 reasons why you should become a member!

Keep your knowledge current!
Keep your knowledge current!

Maintain and expand your knowledge on the world of wine and French wine in particular.

Access true experts!
Access true experts!

Learn from Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, award-winning journalists and regional experts.

Join a vibrant community!
Join a vibrant community!

Network with peers, get advice from fellow travelers or simply meet like-minded individuals from around the world.

Save money!
Save money!

Get discounts on Wine Scholar Guild programs and publications as well as other special opportunities to save on related products.

Polish your professional image!

Get inside track on the world of French wine with our range of professional development resources.



Learn More

Member benefits:

Educational Webinars

With two live webinars each month, plus 90+ past webinar video recordings available in our library, members have access to top experts and world-class continuing education.

Quizzes with Prizes

Each quarter, members participate in a multiple-choice quiz to test their wine acumen and knowledge.

Pronunciation Exercises

Want to perfect your “wine French?” Our extensive series of repeat-after-me exercises will help you correctly pronounce important terms and place names like a native.

Knowledge Database

Need dependable, accurate information in a hurry? Our knowledge database delivers with its downloadable maps, AOC listings and other key data on the regions of France. The world of French wine is at your fingertips!

Member Forum

A discussion platform allows members to engage with fellow members to discuss hot topics, coordinate local get-together or simply get advice for their next trip to France. Plus, receive event invites and up-to-date information on the world of French wine.

Discounts & Specials

Members receive a 10% discount on all study programs available on the society website; advanced notice and priority book-ing on FWS Immersion Study Trips.

Upcoming Wine Study Tours

Latest news

Stay Informed

Sign up to receive our latest updates