A comprehensive online study and certificate program on the wines of Bordeaux.
Bordeaux is France’s largest quality wine region and largest producer of AOC wine. Making wine for 2,000 years, Bordeaux now produces on average 650 million bottles annually.
Bordeaux’s rich history, commercial significance, mercantile mindset, size, and quality set it apart from all other wine regions. Bordeaux does not beg study; it commands it!
The new Bordeaux Masters program has been created by Wine Scholar Guild and your lead instructor, Mary Gorman-McAdams MW, who is joined by a team of Bordeaux experts from all over the world.
Curated for the most passionate wine professionals and connoisseurs, the program offers the most comprehensive deep dive into the history, terroir, and timeless art of Bordeaux winemaking with regular interviews and lectures from some of the most prolific names in wine. We look forward to welcoming you to this up-to-date learning experience that explores the intricacies of this fascinating region!
The anticipated launch of the new version will take place in Spring 2024, with enrollments opening in late 2023. If you wish to be notified when the program is available, we invite you to join the waitlist.
From an in-depth study manual to monthly sub-regional studies and on-demand lectures, every aspect is thoughtfully designed for a flexible and comprehensive learning experience.
Receive a printed copy of the fully revised Bordeaux Masters study manual.
A FULLY REVISED COMPREHENSIVE STUDY MANUAL INCLUDES:
- Viticultural history
- Wine trade
- Grapes, the vine, grape growing and winemaking practices
- All sub-regions and all appellations, including classifications
- Detailed maps
Warch over 40 recorded lectures on Bordeaux’s history, geology, viticulture and winemaking practices, terroirs, vintages, and significant producers.
MORE THAN 40 RECORDED LECTURES & INTERVIEWS, WITH 5 LIVE MONTHLY REVIEW WEBINARS...
Organized month by month to help you to review your studies effectively:
- Context: History, viti/vini practices, wine law
- Terroirs: climate, geology, sub-regions, and their appellations
- Producers: historic, leading & new generation
- Business: trade structures, classifications
- Vintages: classic and recent vintages
Live Webinars and Q&A Forum With Instructors
Attend 5 live monthly review webinars, recorded for on-demand replay.
Enjoy a series of interviews that explore current trends and news, conducted by Andrew Jefford with some of the most admired experts of the region.
Your course includes a detailed multiple-choice exam covering all of the wine regions of Bordeaux.
Upon passing, receive your coveted Bordeaux Masters certificate. Add this reputed credential to your LinkedIn profile and résumé or CV.
Seamlessly blend the flexibility of on-demand lectures with the dynamic engagement of live online sessions, enhancing your mastery over this intricate and highly complex region. All sessions are available on replay.
Welcome Webinar - Recorded for on-demand viewing
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Bordeaux Regional Overview
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Left Bank – Red Wines
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Left Bank - Whites and Sweet Wines
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Entre-Deux-Mers and the Côtes
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Wine professionals, including sommeliers, food & beverage directors, servers, wine educators, distributor representatives, and importers, looking to enhance their expertise in Bordeaux's appellations, both sparkling and still.
- Enthusiasts of Bordeaux seeking a comprehensive education in viticulture, winemaking, history, and the unique people behind this renowned wine region.
- Individuals desiring the ability to confidently discuss and provide exceptional service and guidance about Bordeaux, encompassing both its regional and wine aspects.
A foundational understanding of wine is necessary to maximize course content and learning. Having passed the French Wine Scholar Program® is highly encouraged, but enthusiasm for Bordeaux wines is essential.
Preparatory reading and e-learning modules are immediately accessible upon enrollment for those who may need to touch up their knowledge.
- Gain specialized, expert-level knowledge, from a course endorsed by top wine professionals.
- Engage with unsurpassed, rich, multimedia content including interviews, lectures, and Q&A sessions with wine industry leaders.
- Earn a globally recognized certification to enhance your resumé and professional profile.
Successful candidates will be able to:
- Excel in identifying Bordeaux's diverse regions, vineyards, terroirs, and vintages.
- Understand the complexities that contribute to the unique profile of each wine style and region within Bordeaux.
- Understand the influence of climate, geography, topography and terroir, as well as viticultural and winemaking practices in Bordeaux.
- Understand the influence and significance of history on the evolution of Bordeaux wines.
The number of total hours you spend will vary greatly based on your previous wine knowledge.
You will find reading assignments from the manual, recorded sessions from an incredible panel of renowned instructors and Bordeaux specialists, and recorded interviews with leading Bordeaux experts. All of this is on-demand, allowing you to create a study plan that suits your schedule. To keep you on track, there are monthly live review webinars which will review the key lessons.
Please note, Masters programs are available in a distance-learning format only. Students are encouraged to purchase wine and work their way through the optional tasting assignments in the program. A Coravin is highly recommended; this way, multiple bottles can be tasted without opening them.
Our Masters programs go a step further than the Wine Scholar programs by focusing on a single wine region. This focus gives advanced students the opportunity to develop an area of specialization and expertise. At this time, students can study Masters programs for the following regions: Loire, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, and Champagne.
This certification has a minimum requirement of 150 hours of total study time, which includes at least 65 hours spent on live online lectures and recordings.
Students have a full year of online access from the date of registration. Most students study for at least four to six months.
Study maps, review the facts, and apply the material you have learned. Use all the study aids provided: Blank practice maps are provided on the course homepage. (These same maps are used in the map identification!)
Your knowledge of the region should include the following: soils; geography; topography; the grapes and their synonyms; AOCs and the primary grape(s) grown within their confines; history and key individuals; wine styles and key production facts.
The Master Level exams demand a working knowledge of the material and a true understanding of the inner workings of the region, and an ability to put this into historical context. The four essay questions will test your working knowledge of the material. Avoid broad generalizations in your essays. Less can be more! You are encouraged to be logical, methodical, and clear.
You have up to one year from your date of registration to sit the exam. When ready to sit the exam, contact us at least one week in advance of the desired exam date at
You will need a computer with a reliable internet connection, a webcam, a working microphone, and a speaker. The exam cannot be taken from a tablet, mobile phone, or Chromebook.
Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive your coveted Bordeaux Masters Certificate. This program does not confer a post-nominal.