Champagne Master

Champagne Master-Level Program

A comprehensive study and certificate program on the wines of Champagne

This is an in-depth course of study conducted at the master-level and is designed for the wine trade.

For the very first time, a dream team of experts from all over the world is providing a unique and dynamic learning experience on the wines of Champagne via web-based teaching technology.

Study under true Champagne experts and masterful instructors...

Learn from a prestigious panel of guest instructors including:

  • Stephen Charters MW
    Former Professor of Champagne Management, Reims Management School; current Director of Research, Dijon School of Business
  • Essi Avellan MW
    Editor of FINE Champagne magazine, revising editor of Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine by Tom Stevenson
  • Peter Liem
    Senior correspondent for Wine and Spirits; author and publisher of
  • Giles Fallowfield
    Award-winning wine journalist; Lanson’s Champagne Writer of the Year Award in 2001 and 2003
  • Charles Curtis MW
    Former Head of Wine for Christie’s in both Asia and the Americas, founder of the Institute of Master of Wine’s annual champagne tasting
  • Geoff Kruth MS
    COO Guild of Somms, Wine Director, Farmhouse Inn (Gourmet magazine list: World's Top 36 Food Destinations)
  • Richard Bampfield MW
    CIVC European and UK Champagne Ambassador 2009

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"I am currently in Stage 2 of the Master of Wine program.  The FWS Champagne Master-Level program will be critical in helping me towards the goal of MW certification.  To pass the MW, one must achieve depth of knowledge in not just practical, but also theory." Nicholas Poletto, Director of Education at Kobrand Corporation
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Offered in a Distance-Learning Format

Explore Champagne from the comfort of your own office or home. This is Champagne as you’ve never seen it presented!

The online study package includes:

  • Preparatory reading assignments, online study modules and review quiz
  • Seventeen recorded webinars by expert Champagne instructors
  • A copy of the FWS's Champagne Master-Level Study Manual
  • Reading and tasting assignments to accompany each lecture
  • Online review quizzes
  • Access to instructors via the Q&A forum
  • Optional study immersion trip to Champagne in June of 2016 (Additional fees apply.)
  • Online, proctored exam sit


This is, in scope and design, the most comprehensive wine study program on Champagne bar none. Through this program, students will acquire a profound knowledge of the region and develop a greater sensory understanding of its wines.

Learn more about the detailed curriculum... 


"My goal is to have our company be comprised of the most knowledgeable people in the Champagne industry in the US. This course was a significant step towards that goal." Michelle Defeo, President at Laurent Perrier US
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Why study the wines of Champagne?

Champagne is unique in the world of bubbles. Its combination of soil, climate and grapes cannot be duplicated anywhere else on earth. It is the benchmark in the world of sparkling wine.

Champagne is one of the world’s most precious, stylized wine products; its production process merits serious study.

Both steeped in tradition and ultra-modern, Champagne is a timeless classic. Its history is the stuff of legends; this program dispels the myths.

What are the key learning objectives?

This master-level program provides detailed information on the Champagne’s climate, grapes and viticultural practices. It explores the region’s geology, topography and soils. You’ll learn Champagne from the ground up and in-depth!

Delve deeply into Champagne’s rich history and winemaking process. Gain insider perspective on the sub-regions, villages, grand marques and small independent grower-producers.

Learn about Champagne’s dynamic wine trade. No product is more adaptable! From non-vintage bottlings and tête de cuvées to market-driven dosage levels, champagne tailors itself to its clientele.

Find out who’s who while exploring champagne culture, trends, fads and traditions.


There is an optional, proctored exam whose passing score validates mastery of the course content. This exam may be administered online for those with appropriate access to a computer outfitted with webcam and microphone.

The exam is composed of 50 multiple-choice questions, four short-answer essays as well as a map identification exercise. The Champagne Master-Level Certificate will be conferred to those individuals who sit the exam and achieve a score of 75 or higher.



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