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Bourgogne Masters

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

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175 global graduates

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Starts September 10

Summer Sale: Save $125 through July 14

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150 hours of study

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Online study

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$870
(Instead of $995)

Program Overview

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

Accredited by the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB), WSG's Bourgogne Masters Program is led by the most esteemed names in wine including:

Andrew Jefford (WSG Academic Advisor, contributing editor and columnist for Decanter and World of Fine Wine; author, The New France)

Robin Kick MW (journalist, judget and independant consultant)

Jasper Morris MW (seminal author, Inside Burgundy)

Frédéric Barnier (Technical Director, Louis Jadot)

Jeremy Seysses (co-proprietor, Domaine Dujac) and more...

This certification was created for the most passionate wine enthusiasts and professionals, offering the most comprehensive deep dive into the history, terroir, and timeless art of Bourgogne winemaking with interviews and lectures from some of the most prolific names in wine.

This certification program culminates with a final exam and 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 and Burgundy wine with a library of resources covering history, geography, topography, climate, terroir, viticulture, winemaking, vintages, appellations, classifications, noteworthy producers, culture, tradition and more.  

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Study Manual & Additional Resources

Each student receives a printed and e-book version of the fully-revised manual as well as recommended wines to pair with your studies, vintage charts and maps.

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Recorded Sessions

Learn from over 35 pre-recorded sessions, each about 20 mins in length, led by your instructors. Topics span history, geology, terroir, vintages, grape growing, winemaking, specific producers and more.

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Live Classes & Student Community

Every month, join your lead educator for a live review, designed to test your understanding of the material and keep you on track.

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Interviews with Bourgogne Experts

To supplement your learning, enjoy video interviews hosted by the acclaimed Andrew Jefford. Meet experts from the region that take a deep dive into the current trends, challenges and opportunities for Bourgogne.the acclaimed Andrew Jefford hosts a series of
interviews with experts from the region that take a deep dive into the current trends,
challenges and opportunities for Bourgogne.

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Final Exam

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

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Certificate

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

Enjoy 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 live sessions are available on replay after they air live.

All live classes start at 12:00 noon Eastern Time/6 pm Central European Time and are recorded for on-demand replay. 

Focus Topics

Description

Live Class Date

Welcome & Orientation

Come meet your instructor for an overview of the course structure and schedule. You will learn about all of the resources and where to find them. Your instructor will also outline study tips for success and speak briefly about the final exam. In the meantime, get to know your fellow classmates or form a local tasting group in the dedicated space just for you on the WSG Community.

September 10, 2024 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Bourgogne Overview

Gain context and framework for your Bourgogne studies. Get the lay of the land starting with the history of the region, viticultural and winemaking practices, regional geology and the regional AOCs. Gain a better understanding of why the wines of Bourgogne are just so special and sought after.

October 29, 2024 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Chablis and Grand Auxerrois

Take your first deep dive into a specific sub-region and starting the northern end of Bourgogne. Build on last month by examining the specific geology and the terroirs of the AOCs found here. We also have our first sessions that explores the vintages and producers of this sub-region.

November 26, 2024 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Côte de Nuits

During this month of study, take a virtual journey to the Côte de Nuits, land of the most expensive wines in the world, where we investigate the specific geology,  terroirs, vintages and producers of these fabled villages. Included are sessions on every village level AOC.

January 8, 2025 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Côte de Beaune

We continue our march south and discover what is unique about the  Côte de Beaune - just how is it different from the Côte de Nuits, with which it is often coupled? Geology, terroirs and vintages are all explored - as is the role of the négociant, an important player in the Bourgogne wine trade.

January 28, 2025 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Côte Chalonnaise and Maconnais

Our studies wrap-up in the southern reaches of the region with the Côte Chalonnaise & Mâconnais, where we find some of the most innovative and exciting things happening, as well as many rising-star producers offering value. In addition to sessions on geology, terroir and producers, we pause to consider the commercial position of these sub-regions and their often overlooked quality potential. This session also includes what to expect on the exam and tips for success.

February 25, 2025 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Exam Preparation

From March 2025 onwards you can register for the exam. To schedule your exam, follow the instructions posted on your online classroom. You have 12 months from your original date of enrollment to take the exam.


Your Educators

Learn from prominent experts in the wines of Bourgogne. WSG's educators are selected for their extensive academic and professional experience in their area of expertise.

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Your lead instructor: Sharon McLean

• French Programs Director at WSG.
• Certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild. 
• Teaches WSG and WSET courses on Vancouver Island and is a freelance wine writer and wine judge.
• Completed the Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust® with the highest marks in Canada in 2009.

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Robin Kick, Master of Wine

• 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.

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Andrew Jefford

• Wine writer since 1988.
• Author of The New France, Whisky Island, Andrew Jefford's Wine Course.
• WSG Academic Advisor
• 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.

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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.

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Tim Magnus

• Wine educator with over 10 years of experience.
• Founder of 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.

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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. 

    WSG 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. Students can currently gain internationally recognized certification in the regions of: Bordeaux, Bourgogne and Champagne.

Have a different question? Feel free to contact us.

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Elevate your expertise.

Summer Sale: Save $125 through July 14

Online session starts September 10