Masters Programs Overview

Masters Programs Overview

The Wine Scholar Guild's Masters programs are wine industry-endorsed study programs for trade and advanced students of wine. They offer detailed and comprehensive views of key wine regions, allowing you to truly set yourself apart with knowledge. Candidates can earn Masters certificates for accruing expertise in each of the wine regions of France including: 

The Masters Online programs include:

  • A comprehensive study manual for the region being studied
  • A comprehensive series of live and/or recorded webinars with Masters of Wine, journalists and iconic producers
  • Instructor support and assistance 


  • The online exam
  • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
  • Pronunciation exercises
  • Downloadable maps
  • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group organized by students enrolled in the online program

Loire Bordeaux Bourgogne Champagne


"The WSG Masters programs provide structure and a clear outline for me to start mastering the regions of France, which is indispensable when pursuing a self-study oriented certification such as the Master Sommelier diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers." Ezra Wicks, Manager/Wine Director, Osteria La Spiga

4 reasons to sign up for our Masters programs: 

1. Truly master your favorite wine region.

2. Become an expert at pairing wines with food.

3. Learn from the experts who are reputed for their deep knowledge of the regions.

4. Discover who's who in the region and buy top value wine from talented producers.

Free webinars excerpts pulled from the Masters programs:


    • Masters of Wine including: Elizabeth Gabay MW, Rosemary George MW, Jay Youmans MW, Debra Meiburg MW, Roger Bohmrich MW, Fiona Morrison MW, Charles Curtis MW, Matthew Stubbs MW, Essi Avellan MW, Stephen Charters MW;
    • Master Sommeliers including: Eric Hemer MS, MW, Geoff Kruth MS;
    • Iconic producers including: Olivier Humbrecht MW, Paul Amsellem, Louis Barruol
    • Highly regarded industry professionals and journalists including: Thierry Meyer, Andrew Jefford, Allen Meadows, Peter Liem, Don Kinnan
Olivier Humbrecht MW Andrew Jefford Steve Charters MW
Pascaline Lepeltier MS, MOF 

Charles Curtis MW

Essi Avellan MW Peter Liem Allen Meadows 
"The Masters program helped me build a better wine program for multiple reasons; the webinars were full of top presenters, current market sales and customer purchasing trends, great exposure to multiple producers new to me, and really gave me the confidence to take some fun & exciting off the beaten path Champagnes for my list." Bridget Cheslock, Wine Director, Wines at the Park  

Immersion Study Trips designed with wine professionals and serious wine students in mind! 

For the complete immersion experience, travel to the major wine regions of France, Italy, and Spain with world-renowned wine instructors and visit both iconic and below the radar estates and enjoy tastings tailored for professionals 

Click on the region of your choice to learn more: 

  • NEW


    Apr 07 - Apr 12, 2024
  • Rioja

    May 05 - May 10, 2024
  • Sicily

    May 12 - May 17, 2024
  • Bourgogne

    May 12 - May 17, 2024


  • NEW


    May 26 - May 31, 2024
  • Champagne

    May 28 - Jun 01, 2024


  • Piedmont

    Jun 02 - Jun 07, 2024
  • Rhône Valley

    Jun 16 - Jun 21, 2024


  • NEW

    Veneto, Trentino and Alto Adige

    Sep 08 - Sep 13, 2024
  • NEW


    Oct 13 - Oct 18, 2024
  • NEW

    Backroads Bourgogne

    Oct 13 - Oct 18, 2024


  • Bordeaux

    Oct 20 - Oct 25, 2024



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