French Wine Scholar®

The industry's most respected certification on the wines of France.

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Recognized internationally

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Online or classroom study

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Trusted by 4000+ graduates

Program Overview

Embark on a journey deep into the heart of France with the French Wine Scholar Program®, the quintessential offering from Wine Scholar Guild — the international authority on authentic wines of place.

The French Wine Scholar® education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date French wine course available. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all French wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities.

The program provides committed students of wine with an unparalleled set of study tools that are designed to maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

The French Wine Scholar study and certification program confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exam (Ex: John Smith, FWS). With a school network encompassing 30 countries on 5 continents, the FWS credential has true international recognition.

It was created by WSG Education Director, Lisa M. Airey CWE, with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture which knighted her in recognition of the program's exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor as well as its impact on the global wine industry.

What's Included

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


330-page Study Manual

Shipped to your address, the study manual provides all the information you need to know. Immediate access to the digital e-book is also provided upon registration.


Online Study Modules

The FWS online study modules offer interactive activities in a measurable and meaningful format designed for maximum content retention and ease of use.


Expert Instructors

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


Student Community

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


Final Exam

Your course includes a 100-question multiple-choice exam covering all of the wine regions of France.



Upon passing, receive your coveted French Wine Scholar certificate and lapel pin. Add this reputed credential to your LinkedIn profile and résumé or CV.

Why People Choose French Wine Scholar

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, at your own pace, from anywhere at anytime.

Learn in-person at one of our 120+ Approved Program Providers around the world

Instructor support

Study with WSG’s own acclaimed educators. Join optional, supplementary monthly live Q&A sessions and interact with your instructors via the online forum.

Receive in-classroom support from WSG-certified instructors.

Length of study

Self-paced with up to 12 months to take your exam.

Exact study schedule and length vary by provider.

Wine tasting

With list of recommended wines to sample on your own.

With tutored wine tastings in the classroom.

Study manual (print & e-book)

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Online learning modules, pronunciation exercises, quizzes and flashcards

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On-demand review lectures

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Online student community

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Final exam

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Certificate, lapel pin and use of post-nominal upon passing

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Start date

July 18

Varies by provider

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Passionate wine enthusiasts and aficionados, students of wine, avid travelers and life-long learners craving deeper knowledge and expertise of French wine styles and regions.​
  • Aspiring sommeliers seeking a leg up and competitive advantage in the industry.
  • Professionals in the hospitality sector aiming to elevate their expertise.

Get a Free Chapter

Enter your details to receive a free chapter on the Beaujolais region and learn more about the French Wine Scholar® program.

Explore the granite-rich soil and climate of Beaujolais, focusing on the predominant Gamay grape and its influence on the region's wine profile.

Learn about the distinctive winemaking methods of Beaujolais, such as carbonic maceration, and their impact on the flavor and texture of the wines.

Dive into the rich history of the Beaujolais region while enhancing your wine tasting abilities, including identifying flavors and optimal food pairings.

Access Your Free Chapter Now!

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