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Wine Study Tours for Wine Educators

Wine Study Tours for Wine Educators

The Wine Scholar Guild study tours provide unique educational experiences for all wine educators.

Without a doubt, there is no better way to progress in your wine expertise than taking an immersive study trip and experiencing first-hand the world’s greatest wine regions. The Wine Scholar Guild study tours provide unique, educational experiences for all wine educators. 

Continuing education is important when teaching about wine. As you know, there is always something new to learn! Traveling to a wine region allows you to stay abreast of the latest developments happening in the vineyards, which helps keep your teaching up-to-date and relevant!

To be an effective wine educator, it is important is to feel confident in the mastery of your subject. Wine is very complex, with many different facets to it. By walking in the vineyards, touring the winemaking facilities and participating in extensive professional tastings, you will gain new insights and expertise that will help renew your knowledge and boost your teaching confidence!

For example, when witnessing the chalk soils and cool climate of Champagne or the fragmented vineyard plots of Burgundy, the elusive yet fundamental concept of terroir is revealed, making it easier for you explain to your students.

Cellar at Champagne Pierre Paillard

Cellar at Champagne Pierre Paillard

Vineyards in Bourgogne

Learn from winemakers at renowned estates

As wine educators, you know that your students love to hear anecdotes about colorful wine personalities. Meeting winemakers is a real highlight for our wine study tours participants. On previous trips, groups have met the winemakers at renowned estates such as Champagne Louis Roederer, Chateau Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux or Clos de Tart in Burgundy, just to name a few. These are unique and inspiring moments that you will want to share with your students when you return.

Producers visited during past study trips include:


Here is a quote from one of our former participants on meeting the winemaker at Château La Fleur-Pétrus :

“Favorite Chateau we visited was Château La Fleur-Pétrus. The passion that Christian Moueix demonstrated was so contagious that he really made us feel a part of the process. He gave us a firsthand account of the stages of grape growing in the vineyard and shared many details that one would only share with its employees. It was invaluable.”

World-renowned wine instructors:

Our top-notch instructors, all experts in their fields, include award-winning Sommeliers, Masters of Wines, and famous wine writers. They provide professional-level instruction while on the trip and help you stay abreast of what is happening in the different wine regions by teaching about current trends and changes that are occurring there.  

  • Masters of Wine including: Elizabeth Gabay MW, Steve Charters MW, Matthew Stubbs MW, Essi Avellan MW, Stephen Charters MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW
  • Master Sommeliers including:Pascaline Lepeltier MS, Gerard Basset MW, MS
  • Highly regarded industry professionals and journalists including: Thierry Meyer, Andrew Jefford, Wink Lorch

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

Wink Lorch


Sarah Jane Evans MW

Award-winning wine writer 

Essi Avellan MW

Editor of FINE Champagne magazine

Gerard Basset MW, MS

Best Sommelier in
the world, 2010

Elizabeth Gabay MW

Provence Resident since 2002


“Elizabeth Gabay's personal warmth, enthusiasm and professional knowledge of the wines and vignerons of Provence made this trip an absolute joy. This was a unique opportunity to have an in-depth visit and discussion with the owners and vignerons of many of the principal wine producers of Provence. The visits were very well planned and organized to give a comprehensive overview of the virtues and challenges of the wines of Provence.” - Blake Cherrington CWE, Wine Educator at Georgia Tech