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    Wine Immersion Study Tours

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 study trips won't be operating. Study trips will resume as soon as the situation allows. Thank you for your loyalty to the Wine Scholar Guild Study Trips, and please stay in good health!

    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 10 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.

    I very much enjoyed all the producer visits. All of them were so welcoming and generous with their time and their wines! Some of the producers poured 17 or 18 wines for us to try, which was a real treat.
    Albert Sheen
    Alsace Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2019
    The schedule was a nice pace - of course very busy, but I enjoyed having as much time off as we did.
    Liz PalmerExecutive Director - Texas Wine School
    Bourgogne Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, June 2018
    Essi’s Champagne makers choices and visit arrangements were awesome ..... I also learned so much on this wonderful trip!
    Elena Kravchenko
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018
    I loved the diversity of the domaines that we visited. I loved meeting with the winemakers and domaine owners as they are always so much more engaged.
    Natalie Leggett
    Languedoc-Roussillon Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2018
    I enjoyed it thoroughly....it gave real insight into new winemakers who weren't in the news. All staff, bus, hotel were fantastic.
    Anton Ottenhoff
    Bordeaux Study Trip with Jane Anson, June 2019
    I found the tour participants from all over the world were terrific. We got to know each other and exchanged intellectual debate over wines and beyond.
    Mitsue Frey
    Languedoc-Roussillon Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2018
    The selection of champagnes tasted were also phenomenal and varied- a great way to learn about the diversity of champagne.
    Paola Bossi
    Champagne Study Trip with Charles Curtis MW, June 2019
    FANTASTIC and will definitely plan on doing another tour with Andrew as our guide!!
    Sharon MahoneyOwner - Events by the Glass
    Bordeaux Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2018

    *Master-level programs are not yet available for trips in Italy.

    • Alsace

      Jun 07 - Jun 12, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Champagne

      Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Piedmont

      Sep 13 - Sep 18, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Bordeaux

      Oct 04 - Oct 09, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Loire

      Oct 11 - Oct 16, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Sicily

      Oct 11 - Oct 16, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Rhône

      Oct 18 - Oct 23, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Bourgogne

      Oct 25 - Oct 30, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Languedoc-Roussillon

      Oct 25 - Oct 30, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    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
    • Highly regarded industry professionals and journalists including: 

    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

     

    Jane Hunt MW

    Master of Wine specialized
    in Italian wines

     

     

     

     

    Essi Avellan MW

    Editor of FINE Champagne magazine

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Jane Anson

    Bordeaux Correspondent and columnist for Decanter Magazine

     

     

     

     

     

    • Alsace

      Jun 07 - Jun 12, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Champagne

      Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Piedmont

      Sep 13 - Sep 18, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Bordeaux

      Oct 04 - Oct 09, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Loire

      Oct 11 - Oct 16, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Sicily

      Oct 11 - Oct 16, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Rhône

      Oct 18 - Oct 23, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Bourgogne

      Oct 25 - Oct 30, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

    • Languedoc-Roussillon

      Oct 25 - Oct 30, 2020

      SOLD-OUT

     

    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:

    VALUE

    WSG study trips provide rare access to some of the region’s most prestigious estates, inspiring exchanges with their owners and winemakers, extensive tastings at their cellars… all under the priceless tutelage of your expert, internationally-renowned instructor. Gastronomic meals paired with some of the region’s top wines, 4*star hotels and deluxe motor coach transportation complete this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    GROUP EXPERIENCE

    Traveling with a group of like-minded committed students of wine only enriches the experience. Sharing passion, knowledge and lively wine discussions galvanizes the group and will build a culminating moment in your wine education journey. There’s always a combination of levels of wine experience on the trips, and professionals and wine students interact and enjoy learning together. Participants discover new, lasting friendships which continue along their wine journey. There really is some magic happening on these trips!

    EDUCATIONAL FOCUS

    Wine education with the WSG is seriously good fun! We know you may be taking some precious vacation time for these trips. The combination of the group camaraderie and the well-balanced itinerary will provide not only learning opportunities but exciting cultural and culinary experiences. Our tour manager will be on hand at all times to provide exceptional customer service and make your trip relaxing and enjoyable.

    DURATION

    Hugely experienced in organizing study trips, we think it impossible to create a better itinerary. Your time will be maximized with smooth, hassle-free transitions from one extraordinary experience to another. You can also choose whether you stay a little longer or arrive prior to the trip and make the most of the travel experience.

    The advancement of knowledge, the camaraderie and the epicurean delights on WSG study trips are immeasurable and unforgettable. Most who have been on one trip have been returning for more trips ever since!

    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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