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Wine Immersion Study Tours

WE PROVIDE UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES FOR WINE PROFESSIONALS AND SERIOUS STUDENTS OF WINE.

Our exceptional study trips offer intensive, professional-level, educational programming within the wines regions of France and Italy. Lead by top wine industry professionals, our itineraries take you into some of the best cellars and vineyards for hands-on learning and unparalleled tasting opportunities. What better way to connect theory with practice!

Study trips incorporate the Guild's Master-Level programs* allowing you to continue your studies in-person in your wine region of study. This is a unique and powerful way to gain a thorough and working knowledge of the region. The Wine Scholar Guild is the only wine organization to offer wine travel in conjunction with a specialized certificate program.

For the last 6 years, hundreds of participants have trusted the Wine Scholar Guild to take them on wine immersion study trips that have given them core knowledge, insider scoop and true perspective.

"The trip provided unforgettable valuable insight and first hand experiences which brings the study material to life. Following Angelo Gaja from vineyard to vineyard was an unexpected and unfogetable treat."

Peter Waisberg

*Master-level programs are not yet available for trips in Italy, Jura and the Loire.  

5 great reasons we think you might love to join us on a wine study trip: 

1. TASTINGS TAILORED FOR PROFESSIONALS

We do extensive tasting on the study trips. You will sample allocated wines that are only poured at the winery, barrel samples and tutored tastings with targeted, professional learning objectives.

Here are some examples from previous Wine Scholar Guild tours:

  • A Champagne producer in the Aube organized a tasting of the same base champagne with different levels of dosage to demonstrate sugar’s effect on flavor.
  • A winemaker in Beaujolais poured wines from each of the ten crus alongside rock samples from the vineyards where the grapes were grown while pointing out the subtle differences in mineral composition as made manifest in flavor profile.

2. GO TO THE SOURCE

There is no doubt that the best way to really understand a wine or a wine region is to go there and immerse yourself in everything that makes it special. This “package of reality” is something you just can not glean from books.

3. MEET THE WINEMAKERS

Meeting the winemakers is a real highlight for our tour participants. On previous trips, groups have met the winemakers at renowned estates such as Louis Roederer in Champagne, Chateau Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux, Clos de Tart in Burgundy, Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace (among others). These are unique and highly rewarding opportunities. In a professional context, meeting the winemakers also allows you to establish first-hand relationships with existing or potential suppliers.

Producers visited during past study trips include:

4. VISIT BOTH ICONIC AND BELOW THE RADAR ESTATES

We visit both long-established, well-known wineries and as well as lesser-known, top-quality estates to give you the opportunity to see the icons as well as discover hidden gems and upcoming stars.

"The WSG study trip complemented my sommelier training in many ways. It gave me access to many producers that I would have not visited on my own, it brought me to small appellations that I didn’t know was so important in the wine industry since the ‘books’ only had one paragraph about it, it also connected me to new, up and coming producers that are doing things differently and achieving great results, and last, it showed me history and tradition in my own time."  Paula Maia, Owner and Wine Director at Oak Wine Bar in Brooklyn
 

5. WORLD-RENOWNED WINE INSTRUCTORS:

Our top-notch instructors, all experts in their fields, include award-winning Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, and wine writers. They provide professional-level instruction and help you stay abreast of what is happening in the different wine regions by covering current trends and changes that are occurring there.

  • Masters of Wine including: Elizabeth Gabay MW, Steve Charters MW, Matthew Stubbs MW, Essi Avellan MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Jane Hunt MW
  • Master Sommeliers including: Pascaline Lepeltier MS, Gerard Basset MW, MS
  • Highly regarded industry professionals and journalists including: Thierry Meyer, Andrew Jefford, Wink Lorch, Kerin O'Keefe

Pascaline Lepeltier MS

Beverage Director of Rouge Tomate restaurant in NYC

Andrew Jefford

Award-winning wine journalist for Decanter

Kerin O'Keefe

Italian editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Christophe Tassan MOF

Rhône native, award-winning sommelier

Jane Hunt MW

Master of Wine specialized
in Italian wines

Essi Avellan MW

Editor of FINE Champagne magazine

Gerard Basset MW, MS

Best Sommelier in
the world, 2010

Elizabeth Gabay MW

Provence Resident since 2002

 

Taste, Visit, Meet, Explore & Indulge... A Sneak Peek at Past Study Trips 

  

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Why Embark on the WSG Wine Immersion Study Trips:

  • The trips are designed by the Wine Scholar Guild, the leading provider for French and Italian wine study and certification programs in the world.
  • These are intensive, professional-level educational wine study trips coupled with certification upon successful completion of the final exam.
  • The trips are nearly all-inclusive, with comfortable hotels, fabulous meals with great wines, all winery tours and tastings, and deluxe transportation at a great value
  • Meals revolve around finely-prepared local specialties matched with fine wines of the region.
  • You’ll get an authentic experience of the local culture and see some of the most amazing and beautiful sites.
  • Group size is kept small to give you access to very special people, estates and places.
  • The trips are organized and operated by Terroir Wine Services, which has more than a decade of experience putting together extraordinary wine trips in France, Italy and Spain.

Nothing compares to experiencing the wine regions of France, Italy and Spain yourself, in-person – reserve your place today!

For More Information:

WSG member Lauriann Greene, Sommelier-conseil, is the coordinator of our immersion study trips and your contact for the trips. She has many years of experience organizing exceptional wine experiences and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact her:

  • via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • or by phone at +1 302-415-3036

You can also find answers to many of your questions on our extensive FAQs page.

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·         They are intensive, professional-level educational wine study trips coupled with certification (the FWS’s industry-endorsed, Masters-Level program for each region) upon successful completion of the final exam


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