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Provence Master

Provence Master-Level Program


The Provence Master-Level program is an official course of study designed for wine trade and serious students of wine. It has been created jointly by the Wine Scholar Guild and lead instructor Elizabeth Gabay Master of Wine and is endorsed by Wines of Provence.



Provence as you've never seen it presented!

Explore Provence from the comfort of your own office or home computer.

Live webinars conducted by your lead instructor, online study modules, reading and tasting assignments, interactive Q&A with your lead instructor and online quizzes for self-evaluation!

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


Your instructor: Elizabeth Gabay MW

      • Master of Wine specialized in Provence
      • Provence Resident since 2002
      • Speaker at international wine conferences and international wine judge

What does the program include?

  • Preparatory reading, e-learning modules and quiz in advance of the core curriculum
  • A comprehensive series of 4 recorded webinars with Elizabeth Gabay MW
  • One-year access to the video recording of the webinars for on-demand review
  • A copy of the Provence Master-Level Study Manual
  • Online review quizzes
  • Instructor Q&A as well as student community forums
  • Optional tasting assignments
  • Suggested reading
  • Online exam registration



Tuition is $295  and includes study manual, online study program and online exam sit. Registration is valid for a full year from date of registration.


Detailed curriculum

The curriculum is taught by lead-instructor Elizabeth Gabay Master of Wine and Provence specialist.

  • The History of Provence

Provence – France’s oldest wine region, retains secrets. Today, it is best known for producing rosé wine. In this first webinar, we will explore the region’s history, discover what is hidden, how it has developed its current rosé pre-eminence and what has attracted mega-stars such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Sacha Lichine to come here and make wine.

  • The Geography of Provence

Just as rosé dominates the wine image of Provence, lavender fields and olive groves dominate our image of the Provençal landscape. Yet, over half of the region is mountainous giving the region an exciting complexity of Mediterranean heat and alpine coolness. Schist, clay and limestone soils add further nuance to the wines and tell another story from the ground up. There is more to Provence than meets the eye.

  • Looking at the Appellations

In this webinar, we shall discuss the art and craft of rosé winemaking and examine the two largest appellations: Côtes de Provence (with its four sub-appellations) and Coteaux Varois-en-Provence. Although both produce wines with many similarities, there are also subtle differences than manifest themselves in the glass.  Discover the many shades of pink.

  • The other Appellations

Think pink…but don’t lose sight of the red and white either! From Bellet in the southeast to Les Baux in the northwest, from Pierrevert in the north to Bandol and Cassis in the south, Provence offers a rich array of wine and wine styles. There is much more to this wine region than its popular pinks. Old vines, low yields, abundant sunshine…it all adds up to a palette of undiscovered (and undervalued) wine gems. 


Provence ML Graduate Testimonials

  • The Provence Master Level Program, with its comprehensive content and opportunity to learn from such an expert as Elizabeth Gabay, has allowed me to develop a sound understanding and acute appreciation of the complexity of all that is Provencal.
    Brendan Feeney
    Wine enthusiast
    WSET certification
  • The Master level program is different from the WSET and other programs as it teaches you to get the whole picture of the region with the history, geography and much more.
    Claire Commaille
    Wine professional working for companies operating overseas
    WSET Level 3, Master Degree specialized in International Business of Wine from Montpellier Business School.
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Frequently Asked Questions:

Who should enroll?

Anyone who wishes to understand Provence wines from the ground up:

  • Wine professionals
  • Advanced Students of Wine
  • Serious wine hobbyists


 What are the prerequisites?

A strong wine background is suggested. Nevertheless, preparatory reading and e-learning modules are immediately accessible starting January 1st 2013 for those who need to brush up.

You will be provided with all the materials you need to enter the program from a position of strength:

  • The French Wine Scholar Study Manual’s Provence chapter
  • Online access to the French Wine Scholar’s Provence e-learning module and review quiz


 What does the exam entail?

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

There is an optional, proctored exam whose passing score validates mastery of the course content. This exam may be administered online with appropriate access to webcam and a computer outfitted with microphone. Students have a full-calendar year within which they may sit for the exam after receipt of the study manual.


Why Study Provence?

Provence is France’s oldest winemaking region. It is the only region in France and the only region in the world to focus primarily on the production of rosé wine. To reference scale, Provence produces 25 times the volume of rosé as Tavel!

With a rosé-producing legacy dating back over 2000 years, Provence has established the benchmark for producing fruity, but stylistically dry rosé. And with the establishment of the Rosé Wine Research and Experimentation Centre in 1999, the only research facility of its kind in the world, Provence further cements its future as the on-going leader in the category.

The region has been immortalized through the works of the impressionist artists Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso and popularized in Peter Mayle’s book “A Year in Provence”. Its cities, Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez, Arles and Aix, attract visitors from all over the world. And with good reason. Bordering the Mediterranean, Provence is awash in a rich cultural history.

This wine region is an ancient wine producer. Discover it anew!


Why study online?

  • E-learning is flexible and available “on demand”. Your programming is delivered to your computer at your convenience,  regardless of traffic or weather.
  • E-learning makes the world smaller! By going online, the FWS allows students to have access to a pool of talented educators from France and the USA.
  • E-learning is accessible, convenient, and affordable.  No traffic jams.  No travel. No parking costs.


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