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Wine Scholar Guild Wine Tours

UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL WINE TOURS FOR WINE PROFESSIONALS AND SERIOUS STUDENTS OF WINE!

Our amazing study trips offer intensive, professional-level educational wine tours within wine regions of France, Italy, and Spain. Led 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 is a better way to connect theory than with practice!

The wine tours to Champagne, Bourgogne, Loire, and Bordeaux incorporate curriculum from the WSG Master-Level programs, allowing you to continue your studies in person in the wine region of study. This is a unique and powerful way to gain a thorough, working knowledge of the area. 

For the last ten years, hundreds of participants, many repeat guests, have trusted Wine Scholar Travels to take them on wine tours that have given them core knowledge, insider views, and surreal perspectives of the wine world.

This was an outstanding presentation on the Rhone region. I left with a better understanding of the diverse terroir and will be able to articulate important facts about the area in a way that I could never explain by merely reading a book. Being there in
Andy Sechrist
Rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
I loved seeing this area of France and I love Rhone wines. This was a great group as well, amiable and knowledgeable about wine. We tasted some wonderful wines! Mary also made this trip go smoothly in a very nice manner.
Lynn McCluskey
Rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
I enjoyed the thoughtfulness put into the logistics, the wine visits, the hotel stays, and the meal planning. Moreover, I most enjoyed the expert skills of Mary Kirk in guiding us through the journey.
Mona Hart
Rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
The most enjoyable event for me on this trip was hiking to the top in Northern Rhone. The view was not only breathtakingly beautiful, but really helped me to understand how just a small amount of land in strategic spots can produce wonderful, natural win
Tammy Heizelman
Rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
Andrew Jefford absolutely “knocks it out of the park” with his exceptional exuberance for what is going on in the cellar, what is going on in the field, what is going on in the industry, what is going on with the growing environment.
Fred Salumunek
Bourgogne Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
The trip really provided what I sought- an intensive experience in the wines and culture of Bourgogne.
Jeffrey G. Jones
Bourgogne Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
Great selection of Chateau, restaurants, tour bus was comfortable. Comraderie in group was excellent.
Susan Neil
Bordeaux Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
Claudia and Kerin were amazing!!! The people on the trip were fun and I really just loved it all.
Darbi L Invergo
Piedmont Study Trip with Kerrin O Keefe, May 2022

2023 Wine Tour Destinations & Dates

  • SWS Intensive in Malaga

    Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023

    6 seats left

  • Piedmont

    May 07 - May 12, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Rioja

    May 14 - May 19, 2023

    2 seats left

  • Tuscany

    May 21 - May 26, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Languedoc-Roussillon

    May 21 - May 26, 2023
  • Rhône Valley

    Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Champagne

    Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Loire Valley

    Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Bourgogne

    Oct 08 - Oct 13, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Catalunya

    Oct 08 - Oct 13, 2023
  • Alsace

    Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023

    1 seat left

  • Bordeaux

    Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Sicily

    Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Bourgogne Intensive in Beaune

    Nov 05 - Nov 10, 2023

Five great reasons you should join our wine tours: 

1. TASTINGS TAILORED FOR PROFESSIONALS

We do an extensive tasting on the study trips. You will sample allocated wines only poured at the winery, barrel samples, and tutored tastings with targeted, professional learning objectives.

Here are some examples from previous Wine Scholar Travels wine tours:

  • A Champagne producer in the Aube organized a tasting of the same base champagne with different dosage levels to demonstrate the sugar's effect on flavor.
  • A winemaker in Beaujolais poured wines from the ten crus alongside rock samples from the vineyards where the grapes were grown.

2. RETURN TO THE ROOTS

There is no doubt that the best way to understand wine or a wine region is to go there and immerse yourself in everything that makes it unique. This real hands-on experience is something you cannot obtain from books alone.

3. MEET THE WINEMAKERS

Meeting the winemakers is a real highlight for our wine tour participants. On previous wine 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, and Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace (among others). These are unique and enriching opportunities!

4. VISIT BOTH ICONIC AND UP-AND-COMING ESTATES

We visit long-established, well-known wineries and lesser-known, top-quality estates to allow you to see the icons and discover hidden gems and upcoming stars.

This was an outstanding presentation on the Rhone region. I left with a better understanding of the diverse terroir and will be able to articulate important facts about the area in a way that I could never explain by merely reading a book. Being there in
Andy Sechrist
Rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
I loved seeing this area of France and I love Rhone wines. This was a great group as well, amiable and knowledgeable about wine. We tasted some wonderful wines! Mary also made this trip go smoothly in a very nice manner.
Lynn McCluskey
Rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
I enjoyed the thoughtfulness put into the logistics, the wine visits, the hotel stays, and the meal planning. Moreover, I most enjoyed the expert skills of Mary Kirk in guiding us through the journey.
Mona Hart
Rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
The most enjoyable event for me on this trip was hiking to the top in Northern Rhone. The view was not only breathtakingly beautiful, but really helped me to understand how just a small amount of land in strategic spots can produce wonderful, natural win
Tammy Heizelman
Rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
Andrew Jefford absolutely “knocks it out of the park” with his exceptional exuberance for what is going on in the cellar, what is going on in the field, what is going on in the industry, what is going on with the growing environment.
Fred Salumunek
Bourgogne Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
The trip really provided what I sought- an intensive experience in the wines and culture of Bourgogne.
Jeffrey G. Jones
Bourgogne Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
Great selection of Chateau, restaurants, tour bus was comfortable. Comraderie in group was excellent.
Susan Neil
Bordeaux Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
Claudia and Kerin were amazing!!! The people on the trip were fun and I really just loved it all.
Darbi L Invergo
Piedmont Study Trip with Kerrin O Keefe, May 2022


5. LEARN FROM WORLD-RENOWNED WINE INSTRUCTORS

Our top-notch wine tour instructors, all experts in their fields, include award-winning sommeliers, Masters of Wine, wine writers, and WSG's program directors. 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.

  • Pascaline Lepeltier
    2018 Best French Sommelier

  • Andrew Jefford
    Award-winning wine journalist for Decanter

  • Kerin O'Keefe
    Former Italian Editor for Wine Enthusiast

  • Rick Fisher
    WSG Spanish Programs Director

  • Essi Avellan MW
    Master of Wine specialized in Champagne

  • Jonas Tofterup MW
    Master of Wine specialized in Spanish Wines

  • Jane Hunt MW
    Master of Wine specialized in Italian Wines

  • Matthew Stubbs MW
    Master of Wines specialized in Languedoc-Roussillon

  • Matt Walls
    Decanter's Rhône Valley correspondent

  • Robin Kick MW
    Master of Wine specialized in Bourgogne

  • Ferran Centelles
    Spanish Sommellier and Wine Writer

2023 Destinations & Dates

  • SWS Intensive in Malaga

    Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023

    6 seats left

  • Piedmont

    May 07 - May 12, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Rioja

    May 14 - May 19, 2023

    2 seats left

  • Tuscany

    May 21 - May 26, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Languedoc-Roussillon

    May 21 - May 26, 2023
  • Rhône Valley

    Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Champagne

    Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Loire Valley

    Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Bourgogne

    Oct 08 - Oct 13, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Catalunya

    Oct 08 - Oct 13, 2023
  • Alsace

    Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023

    1 seat left

  • Bordeaux

    Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Sicily

    Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023

    SOLD-OUT

  • Bourgogne Intensive in Beaune

    Nov 05 - Nov 10, 2023
 

Why Embark on a Wine Scholar Travels Wine Tour?

AMAZING ACCESS

Wine Scholar Travels Wine Tours provide rare access to some of the region's most prestigious estates, not always open to the public, inspiring exchanges with their owners and winemakers. You'll experience 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 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 wine tours, and professionals and wine students interact and enjoy learning together. Participants discover new, lasting friendships that continue along their wine journey. There is some magic happening on these wine tours!

EDUCATIONAL FOCUS

Wine education with WSG is tremendous fun! We know you may be taking some precious vacation time for these wine tours. The combination of the group camaraderie and the well-balanced itinerary will provide learning opportunities and exciting cultural and culinary experiences. In addition, our wine tour manager will be on hand at all times to provide exceptional customer service and make your wine trip relaxing and enjoyable.

HASSLE-FREE PLANNING

With immense experience organizing educational wine tours, we think it impossible to create a better itinerary. WSG will maximize your time with smooth transitions from one extraordinary experience to another. You can also choose whether you stay a little longer or arrive before the trip and make the most of the wine travel experience.

The advancement of knowledge, the camaraderie, and the epicurean delights on Wine Scholar Travels wine tours are immeasurable and unforgettable. Most who have been on one trip have been returning for more 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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