Wine Scholar Guild: French Wine Scholar

The French Wine Scholar Study and Certification program provides current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of France.

Developed and administrated by the Wine Scholar Guild (former the French Wine Society) with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program  is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists.

Students of wine who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal.

The cost of the course is $950

Set yourself apart from your peers. Specialize in the wines of France!

Become a French Wine Scholar!

The French Wine Scholar Program covers French wine law, grape varieties, viticulture, winemaking and all of the French wine regions including Jura, Savoie, and Corsica.

This core body of knowledge is important whether you sell wine, buy wine or teach about wine.

Why Study French Wine?
  • France vies with Italy as the #1 wine producing country in the world.
  • The most popular commercially produced grape varieties (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) are all native to France!
  • When it comes to wine culture, France is the historic benchmark!
Here’s what others have to say about the program

“The French Wine Society has done an excellent job of creating a study program that appeals to those interested in expanding their knowledge of France and its wine industry. In depth, comprehensive, specific, this course was more detail than anticipated and a lot of fun! If you are a wine professional looking to hone your “Franco-files” or an avid wine enthusiast who wants to geek out a bit, this course is highly recommended.” -Tristan Kindy, FWS

“The French Wine Scholar program… is the best, most comprehensive course of study for French wine, bar none. The program is well thought out and presented. Anyone wanting to learn about French wines needs to take this program; there is no better program out there.” -Kevin Cleary, FWS