French Wine Scholar™

French Wine Scholar™ Study & Certification Program

 
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THE FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR™ PROGRAM IS THE INDUSTRY'S MOST RESPECTED CERTIFICATION COURSE
ON THE WINES OF FRANCE

 

Student Testimonials:

  • Faraz T Doan
    on Dec 21, 2022
    "Anyone who has the slightest curiosity about France and French wines will be amazed as how vast and different are French wines from other parts of the world and from each other. "
  • Clifford C Raisbeck III
    on Dec 21, 2022
    "Just a brief Shout Out that Tanya Morningstar and Regina D were Superb Instructors with High Energy and Depth of Knowledge."
  • Alex Hawes
    on Dec 17, 2022
    "The material is extremely detailed; if you want to dive deep on the wines of France, this is the program to challenge yourself with. "
  • Mario Salvato
    on Dec 9, 2022
    "The most useful tool for any sommelier wishing to elevate their French wine knowledge."
  • Javier Alberto ALVA ZAPATA
    on Dec 2, 2022
    "This program offers you a complete training and understanding on all the styles of wines that you could find in France. I have been studying wines for a few years and this course gave the chance to find a lot of rich and new information on the French wine industry."
  • Javier Alberto ALVA ZAPATA
    on Dec 2, 2022
    "This program offers you a complete training and understanding on all the styles of wines that you could find in France. I have been studying wines for a few years and this course gave the chance to find a lot of rich and new information on the French wine industry."
  • Laetitia Rey
    on Dec 2, 2022
    "The FWS program is by far the more in-depth course I had about French wines. As a tour guide myself, I very much appreciated the demonstration of how intertwined French history and wine culture are. "
  • Lucas Reynaud Paligot
    on Dec 1, 2022
    "Amazing program ! Waiting for my answer of my exam and already looking forward to start a new education "
  • Nicholas Poletto
    on Nov 20, 2022
    "The FWS study program is one of the most complete and coherent wine programs I have ever experienced. The additional learning tools (videos, maps, flashcards) were incredible. I have not seen an education platform with this many available resources. The teaching was easy to follow and I came away knowing so much more about French wine, history and geography. I really feel as though I am now an expert. Thank you!"
  • Nanako Yabe
    on Nov 17, 2022
    "The program is complete both in theory from the study materials and in practice with the wine tastings. All the maps are very helpful"
  • Cindy Gourlie
    on Nov 2, 2022
    "What a great program! Have taken WSET 1-3, CSW and CMS. This was by far my favorite. I really enjoyed the in depth look at history, local cuisine and deep insight into all things terroir. The course was very easy to maneuver independently . I will highly recommend this course as a supplement to other wine certifications especially with the in depth dive into regions that laid the foundation for all others. "
  • Luiz Gustavo Ams Prestes
    on Nov 1, 2022
    "I am very happy with everything that I got from a personal study from FWS course. Its a lot of new information acquired. Thank you !"
  • Serge Perrin Merinos
    on Sep 15, 2022
    "Deep dive in french wines. Very complementary to other reputed wines curriculums (e.g. WSET3). As a french citizen, I have learnt many things that the great majority of my compatriots (including wine lovers) have no clues about. "
  • Jocelyn NICOLAS
    on Aug 22, 2022
    "An exciting learning experience, with a global vision of french wines (geology, history, geography, regulations, wine industry, winemaking, wine characteristics etc...) ! Jocelyn NICOLAS, FWS"
  • Rosana Pasini
    on Aug 4, 2022
    "WSG has definetelly the best online materials for the student to study. It's clear, it's simple and shows the details of terroirs, history, wines in a very easy and lovey way. The classes are great and pleasant. I'll definetelly go on studying with WSG."
 
 

The French Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date French wine course available. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all French wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities.

The program provides committed students of wine with an unparalleled set of study tools that are designed to maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

The French Wine Scholar study and certification program confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exam (Ex: John Smith, FWS). With a school network encompassing 30 countries on 5 continents, the FWS credential has true international recognition.

It was created by WSG Education Director, Lisa M. Airey CWE, with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture which knighted her in recognition of the program's exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor as well as its impact on the global wine industry.

The French Wine Scholar™ program is available in distance-learning format and through a global network of Approved Program Providers that offer classroom instruction coupled with tutored tastings.

 

STUDY OPTION 1 | ONLINE LEARNING

STUDY WHEN YOU WANT, AT YOUR OWN PACE, AT HOME, AT THE OFFICE OR WHILE TRAVELING

Earn the French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) post-nominal via the online, independent study format or enroll in the self-paced on-demand instructor-led online format which includes 15 on-demand webinars and live, online Monthly Meet-Ups with your instructors. 

The French Wine scholar™ online learning format includes:

  • A comprehensive 330-page study manual with illustrations, maps, and graphics, available in print + e-book formats
  • 1-year access to our interactive and user-friendly e-learning platform including online learning modulespronunciation exercisesquizzes and flashcards
  • 15 on-demand webinars with acclaimed wine educators (instructor-led format only)
  • Monthly Meet-Ups with your instructors on themes pertaining to your FWS studies (instructor-led format only)
  • The FWS Study Roadmap: A Checklist For Success, providing a suggested schedule of study
  • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group 
  • An online exam sit (100 multiple choice questions).
"I would recommend the FWS program to any trade member wishing to increase his/her expertise in French wine and validate the same. This is wine education at its best!”
Louis-Fabrice Latour, Chairman at Maison Louis Latour

 

STUDY OPTION 2 | CLASSROOM LEARNING

AVAILABLE AROUND THE GLOBE!

The French Wine Scholar™ program is offered by WSG Approved Program Providers in over 30 countries and 5 continents.

French Wine Scholar™ classes are offered by licensed program providers and delivered by an approved FWS instructor. This study format includes:

  • Classroom instruction with tutored tastings
  • A copy of the FWS study manual
  • Access to the FWS online study modules & quizzes for class prep & review
  • In-classroom exam sit

All FWS program providers teach from the same Wine Scholar Guild-developed presentations and are supplied with uniform teaching materials.

FWS Testimonials

  • "The French Wine Scholar manual has once again proven why the Wine Scholar Guild is one of the best wine education programs in the world."
    Nicholas Poletto
    Director of Education at Kobrand Corporation
  • "Indispensable for any wine trade professional who works with French wine.  Bravo!”    
    Martin Sinkoff
    VP and Director of Marketing, Frederick Wildman And Sons
  • "Anyone wanting to learn about French wines needs to take this program; there is no better program out there"
    Kevin Cleary
    Owner/Director at Vermont Wine School
  • "I cannot think of a better way to dive in deep on the wines of France to prepare for the Advanced & Master Sommelier exams, WSET Diploma or MW"
    David Glancy MS, CWE, FWS
    Founder of San Francisco Wine School
  • "The level of detail and quality of the materials make this program a must-do for any serious student of wine"
    Peter Neptune, MS, CWE, FWS
    Founder of The Neptune School of Wine
  • "The French Wine Scholar Program is the industry's most comprehensive, in-depth course on the wines of France"
    Jay Youmans, MW
    Founder of Capital Wine School
  • "My most sincere appreciation goes to the WSG team for their great work to make French wines so much fun and easy to learn"
    Xavier Barlier
    Sr. VP, Marketing & Communication at Maisons Marques & Domaines
  • "I only wish I had this book when I began studying French wine!"
    Peter Marks, MW
    VP of Education at Constellation Academy of Wine
  • "I would recommend the FWS program to any trade member wishing to increase his/her expertise in French wine and validate the same. This is wine education at its best!"
    Louis-Fabrice Latour
    Chairman at Maison Louis Latour