French Wine Scholar

The French Wine Scholar program is a U.S. wine industry-endorsed and Wines of France-endorsed wine study and certification program. It was developed by the The Wine Scholar Guild to provide current, accurate information on the wine regions of France and validate proficiency in the Wines of France. Intermediate to advanced students of wine who follow this in-depth curriculum, and pass the exam, will earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal.

The program consists of 9 sessions of 2 hours each (with an additional session for the exam). The sessions are divided into a lecture portion followed by a tutored tasting of 6 wines from the region studied.


Course Curriculum

Foundation Unit and Alsace
Beaujolais, Jura, Savoie
Loire Valley
Rhône Valley

Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon
Southwest France & Corsica

Class Details

  • $1050 registration fee
  • Included is a copy of the French Wine Scholar study manual, over 60 wines tasted, exam registration and access to the French Wine Scholar online study program.
  • The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions regarding all French wine regions. The French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential will be conferred to those who achieve a score of 75 or higher on the exam.
  • Enrollment in the FWS course does not include membership in the Wine Scholar Guild.  For more information and to join visit the Wine Scholar Guild.

Visit our Class Schedule page for the next available offering.

To register, please call the Vermont Wine School at 802-999-4232, or download this form.

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