Master-Level Programs Overview

Master-Level Programs Overview

The Wine Scholar Guild's Master-Level programs are wine industry-endorsed wine study programs for trade and advanced students of wine. Candidates can earn Master-Level certificates for accruing expertise in each of the wine regions of France including: 

The Master-Level 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

Master-Level programs start at $295

Loire Bordeaux Bourgogne Champagne


"The Master-level 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 the Master-Level programs: 

1. To help you build award-winning lists that won’t break the bank.

2. To become a master at pairing wines with food.

3. To pick wines that will inspire your students and enhance your classroom experience.

4. To learn who's who in your favorite region and buy top value wine from talented producers.

Free webinars excerpts pulled from the Master-Level 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 Master-Level 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: 

  • SWS Intensive in Malaga

    Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
  • Piedmont

    May 07 - May 12, 2023


  • Rioja

    May 14 - May 19, 2023
  • Tuscany

    May 21 - May 26, 2023


  • Languedoc-Roussillon

    May 21 - May 26, 2023
  • Rhône Valley

    Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023


  • Champagne

    Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2023


  • Loire Valley

    Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023
  • Bourgogne

    Oct 08 - Oct 13, 2023


  • Alsace

    Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023
  • Bordeaux

    Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023


  • Sicily

    Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023
  • Catalunya

    To Be Announced

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