Bourgogne Masters

The most respected and complete certification program on the wines of Bourgogne. 

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175 global graduates


Starts March 26

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150 hours of study

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Online study

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Program Overview

The pinnacle in wine education, the Wine Scholar Guild presents the Bourgogne Masters Program.

Accredited by the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB), Wine Scholar Guild's Bourgogne Masters Program is led by the most esteemed names in wine including WSG Academic Advisor, Andrew Jefford (contributing editor and columnist for Decanter and World of Fine Wine; author, The New France); Jasper Morris MW (seminal author, Inside Burgundy); Frédéric Barnier (Technical Director, Louis Jadot), Jeremy Seysses (co-proprietor, Domaine Dujac) to name a few.  

Curated for the most passionate wine enthusiasts and professionals, the program offers the most comprehensive deep dive into the history, terroir, and timeless art of Bourgogne winemaking with regular interviews and lectures from some of the most prolific names in wine.  A six-month journey that's as intellectually rigorous as it is rewarding. 

The program culminates with a final exam and WSG Bourgogne Masters designation, elevating your expertise while catapulting you to the forefront of Bourgogne wine mastery.

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Prefer to study in the region?

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to earn your Bourgogne Masters certificate in Beaune, France.

What's Included

Navigate the labyrinth of Bourgogne with a library of resources covering history, geography, topography, climate, terroir, viticulture, winemaking, vintages, appellations, classifications, noteworthy producers, culture, tradition, and more.  


358-page Study Manual

You will receive a printed copy of the 358-page fully revised Bourgogne Masters comprehensive study manual, along with a list of recommended wines to sample.

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Recorded Lectures

More than 35 recorded lectures on Bourgogne's history, geology, viticulture and winemaking practices, terroirs, vintages and significant producers of the region.

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Live Webinars and Q&A Forum with Instructors

Enjoy live monthly review webinars with your instructors, always recorded for on-demand replay at your convenience.  Reach out to instructors anytime via Q&A forum.


Video Interviews

A series of video interviews by Andrew Jefford with some of the most admired experts of the region.

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Final Exam

Online, proctored exam sit to be scheduled within one year of your registration.

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Upon passing, receive your coveted Bourgogne Masters certificate. Add this reputed credential to your LinkedIn profile and résumé or CV.

Why People Choose Bourgogne Masters

Detailed Schedule

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.

All live classes start at 12:00 noon EST/6 pm CET and are recorded for on-demand replay. 




Welcome Session

On-demand video


Bourgogne Overview 

March 26, 2024


Chablis and Grand Auxerrois

April 30, 2024


Côte de Nuits

May 28, 2024


Côte de Beaune

June 25, 2024


Côte Chalonnaise & Maconnais

July 30, 2024

Your Instructors

Study under true Bourgogne experts and masterful instructors.


Lead Instructor: Sharon McLean

• Sharon McLean, FWS, IWS, is a Certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild. She teaches Wine Scholar Guild and WSET courses on Vancouver Island and is a freelance wine writer and wine judge. At WSG, Sharon coordinates the Master-Level programs and teaches the French Wine Scholar online, instructor-led sessions.

• Sharon completed the Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)® with the highest marks in Canada in 2009.


Robin Kick, MW

• Independent wine consultant, journalist, educator and wine judge.
• Studied at the BIVB (Bureau Interprofessionel des Vins de Bourgogne) in Beaune, the Université du Vin in Suze-la-Rousse in the Rhône Valley and the WSET.
• Previously worked as a Wine Auction Specialist for Christie’s in Beverly Hills, California and Fine Wine Buyer for Goedhuis & Co., a London-based wine merchant with an award-winning Burgundy list.
• Became a Master of Wine in 2014 with a dissertation on whole cluster fermentation in Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or.


Andrew Jefford

• Wine writer since 1988.
• Author of The New France, Whisky Island, Andrew Jefford's Wine Course.
• Academic Advisor with the Wine Scholar Guild.
• Contributing Editor and columnist for Decanter and World of Fine Wine.
• Winner of 8 Glenfiddich Awards and 8 Roederer Awards
• French resident (Montpellier) since 2010.


Donald P. Kinnan Css, Cwe

• Over 35 years in the fine wine trade.
• Spent over 20 years as the Director of Education at Kobrand Corporation, a family-owned wine importer, vineyard owner, and marketing company.
• Cited by the US Government for his role as founder of the Society for American Wines in Canada.
• Recognized by the French Government and designated “Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Merite Agricole”.
• Served as board member of the Society of Wine Educators.


Tim Magnus

• Wine educator with over 10 years of experience.
• Founded Magnus Vinum with the vision of offering high-level Burgundy education.
• Magnus Vinum has evolved to also import a number of Burgundy domaines.
• WSET Level 4 Diploma.
• Official Bourgogne Wine Ambassador.


Françoise Vannier

• Consulting geologist, specializing in the terroirs of France’s wine regions, and most notably those of Bourgogne.
• Produced several preliminary technical reports to reclassify certain plots at a higher appellation level.
• Instructed at the University of Burgundy, Burgundy School of Business, Lycée Viticole de Beaune and ISARA.
• Contributor to the geological chapters in Remington Norman’s (UK) book “Grand Cru”, “Le Rouge & Le Blanc”, “La Revue des Vins de France”, “Le Magazine of Ficofi”.
• Author of the cross-sectional geological maps in “The Wines of Burgundy” by Sylvain Pitiot and Jean-Charles Servant.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Wine professionals, including sommeliers, food & beverage directors, servers, wine educators, distributor representatives, and importers, looking to enhance their expertise in Bourgogne's appellations, both sparkling and still. 
  • Enthusiasts of Bourgogne 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 Bourgogne, encompassing both its regional and wine aspects. 

Have a different question? Feel free to contact us.


Elevate your expertise.

Online session starts March 26