French Wine ScholarFree
About this course
French Wine Scholar
Become a French wines expert! The industry’s most respected certification course on the wines of France offers an advanced and comprehensive programme for professionals from the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts.
Come to Bordeaux and get an immersive experience in the heart of the French vineyard! The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all French wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities such as History, soils formation and more technical issues like grape varieties, grape growing, winemaking or specific regulations.
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Syllabus 2022 – 2023
- 1st Week – Online:
- Course introduction
- Visio about the fundamentals
- 2nd week – Online:
- Alsace: history, location & climate, geology & topography, grape varieties, wine styles, industry overview.
- Champagne: history, location & climate, Soils of Champagne
- 3rd week – Online:
- Champagne: grape varieties, The Champagne method, label nomenclature.
- Jura, Savoie: for each region: History, location, soils, grape varieties & appellations, wine styles, winemaking method
- 4th week – Online:
- Bourgogne: history, grape varieties, soils of Bourgogne, Appellation system, winemaking tradition.
- Beaujolais: for each region: History, location, soils, grape varieties & appellations, wine styles, winemaking method.
- 5th week – Online:
- Bordeaux: history, climate, soil prescribes the blend, winemaking in Bordeaux, Sub-regions & appellations, Bordeaux classification system & wine trade.
- 6th week – Online:
- South west: viticultural history, Location & climate, grape varieties & wine styles, sub-regions & appellations.
- Loire: history, location & climate, lower Loire, Middle Loire & Upper Loire: Soils, grape varieties, sub-regions & appellations, styles of wines, viticultural & winemaking practices.
- 7th week – Online:
- Rhône: history, climate, Northern Rhône vs Southern Rhône: Geology, topography & soils, grape varieties, Style of wines, viticultural & winemaking practices.
- Provence, Corsica: history, location & climate, soils, grape varieties, Style of wines, viticultural & winemaking practices
- 8th week – Online:
- Languedoc – Roussillon: history, location & climate, soils, grape varieties, Style of wines, viticultural & winemaking practices.
- 9th week – Online
- Comparative review
- 10th week – Face-to-face:
- Face-to-face course
You will register to a blended-learning training. You will first follow online sessions via a platform before coming to our campus for 2 days of training. You will be accompanied by the WiSP team during these online sessions to guide you step by step in your learning and discuss with your teacher.
Upon registration at the French Wine Scholar programme, you’ll receive the official book (280 pages) that covers the whole program. You must read the book before the course starts. This book is full of highly valuable information and is considered as an “essential to French wine” among the industry.
You’ll also get one-year access to the on-line programme. It includes:
- Online modules
- Online review quizzes
- Downloadable maps, glossary and appendices
- Q&A Forum
- Sample test questions
It’s recommended that candidates complete a minimum of 50 hours of private study before starting the course. This will ensure a much more dynamic and profitable tuition time and a better group interaction.
- Type : 100 multiple-choice questions
- Duration : 1 hour
- Pass marks : 75 %
- Resit : possible
Entry requirements: advanced knowledge in wine (WSET level 2 or 3, sommelier studies, etc.) 9 weeks to follow 14 online modules 2days in face-to-face (14hours) and 5 visio conferences (6 hours)
Duration: 9 weeks to follow 14 online modules 2days in face-to-face (14hours) and 5 visio conferences (6 hours)
Wines tasted: 35
Preparation: 50h of personal study