French Wine Essentials

Unlock the Secrets of French Wine


Online study starts on September 11

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25 hours of study

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Online or classroom study

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From $475

Program Overview

French Wine Essentials presents the often-complex world of French wine in an accessible and engaging way.

Explore the culture, cuisine, history, viticulture and winemaking principles behind the best and most influential wine regions of France to fast-track your understanding of the intricate world of French wine.

France is home to almost individual 400 wine appellations. French Wine Essentials (FWE) introduces you to the most important regions and wine styles. Each wine is presented within a regional and cultural context while landmarks and traditional cuisine are highlighted to complete the curriculum. 

The comprehensive course structure includes a 100+ page study manual, access to interactive e-learning and support from expert educators to guide you through an inspiring adventure across France. The program is available in a flexible online format or via in-person classes at one of our global Approved Program Providers.

More than just an introductory course, this French wine course is a prelude to a lifelong romance with the wines of France, a launchpad to the internationally revered French Wine Scholar® Certification Program, vibrant WSG Member Community and the first step towards wine mastery!


Download the program brochure

Read full details about the topics covered in the French Wine Essentials Program.

What's Included

From a comprehensive study manual to interactive online modules, expert instruction and an engaging student community, every element is meticulously designed to foster a profound understanding and appreciation of French wine culture.



Shipped to your address, the beautifully designed coursebook, rich with photographs, infographics & maps, contains all the information you need to know. Immediate access to the digital e-book is provided upon registration.


Online Study Modules

Access high-quality interactive e-learning activities designed to enrich the study manual and support different learning styles.


Expert Instructors

Learn about wine from the most notable names in the industry — seasoned wine professionals and educators accredited by Wine Scholar Guild.


Student Community

Network with the other students taking French Wine Essentials, create a tasting group and build your wine network.


Final Exam

The course includes a 50-question multiple-choice exam covering all of the essential topics in the course.



Upon passing, receive your well-deserved French Wine Essentials certificate. Add this reputed credential to your LinkedIn profile and résumé or CV.

Online Course Schedule

Your study will be guided during 6 live classes taught by expert instructors. The schedule below applies to the online study option. The classroom study schedule and format will vary depending on the provider.

Class Session
Time (ET)
Class Highlights


Wednesday, September 11, 2024

12:00pm noon-12:45pm 
  • Welcome and meet your instructor 

  • Course structure and schedule overview

  • Resources and where to find them 

  • Study tips for success

  • About the exam


Wednesday, September 25, 2024

12:00pm noon-1pm
  • History of France

  • The essential wine growing regions 

  • Climate, soils, topography, main grape varieties

  • Understanding French wine law 

  • Deciphering French Wine labels

  • Wine styles and cuisine


Wednesday, October 2, 2024

12:00pm noon-1pm
Sparkling Wines of France
  • Understand the production methods of Champagne and their impact on flavor

  • Learn about the different styles of Champagne as well as sparkling wines from other regions, like Crémant


Wednesday, October 9, 2024

12:00pm noon-1pm

Northern France

  • Voyage to the royal territories of the Loire Valley with the famous white wines of Sancerre and Vouvray

  • Take a virtual journey to the rolling hillsides and quaint villages of enchanting Alsace while you meet the "need to know" grapes and wine styles


Wednesday, October 16, 2024

12:00pm noon-1pm
Central France
  • Gain key takeaways from the sometimes challenging and complex region of Bourgogne

  • Head south to uncover the unexpected in Beaujolais


Wednesday, October 23, 2024

12:00pm noon-1pm

Southern France
  • Discovering the Rhône Valley: grasp the differences between Northern Rhône Syrah and Southern Rhône blends

  • See what all the fuss is about with a stop in Provence, for some rosé, of course

  • Wrap up your vinous journey with a visit to the vast landscape of Languedoc-Roussillon


On request

45 minutes

Schedule the exam when you’re ready. You have 12 months from the date of your enrollment to take the online exam.

Study Options

Choose from online or classroom formats based on your schedule and preferred learning style. Rest assured that the final exam and certification remain consistent across both formats.

Online Learning

Classroom Learning


Study online from anywhere at anytime.

Learn in-person at one of our 130+ Approved Program Providers around the world.

Instructor Support

Study with WSG’s own highly acclaimed educators and interact with fellow students and your instructor on the community forum.

Receive in-classroom support from WSG-certified instructors.

Length of Study

6 live classes with 12-month access to your online classroom and to take the exam.

Study schedule and length of term vary by provider.

Wine Tasting

Maximize learning with a list of recommended wines to sample on your own.

Enjoy tutored wine tastings in the classroom.

Study manual (print & e-book)

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Online e-learning modules

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Live Course Instruction

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Online Student Community

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Final Exam


In the Classroom

Certificate upon successful upon completion of exam

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Varies by Provider

Frequently Asked Questions

• Inquisitive wine enthusiasts wanting to become more familiar with the intricacies of French wine
• Aspiring wine professionals
• Hospitality professionals new to the world of French wine
• Anyone wishing to become more knowledgeable about France, and its wine and food culture. The Essentials are the perfect wine classes for beginners.

Have a different question? Feel free to contact us.


Elevate your expertise

Online study starts on September 11