Bourgogne Masters Immersion in Beaune
Master the complex and fascinating wines of Bourgogne in the region itself.
May 19 - 24, 2024
Led by Timothy Magnus
Your in-person session will be taking place May 19-24, 2024 in Beaune, the region’s wine capital. This 5-day, intensive classroom, field trip and tasting experience will be presented and taught by Bourgogne wine expert Timothy Magnus.
An Australian national residing in Switzerland, Timothy has been teaching wine courses for nearly a decade. Timothy spends a week nearly every month in the Bourgogne wine region. He has accumulated a true expertise about what is happening in Bourgogne today and which domaines are the stars of tomorrow. Timothy founded his own company, Magnus Vinum, several years ago with the specific aim to offer outstanding Burgundy wine education. Additionally, he imports a range of small, quality Bourgogne domaines into Switzerland and has been teaching about Bourgogne internationally for over 15 years.
He possesses a deep understanding of the region, its economy, producers and terroirs and is a leading authority on Bourgogne wine.
Join us for 5 days of complete immersion with structured, in-depth lectures covering all aspects of Bourgogne wine production, terroir and producers with extensive tutored tastings of top-quality wines, including some of the region’s iconic domaines. Before your departure, you will gain access to the Bourgogne Masters certification course materials.
Enjoy an immersive wine experience curated by the esteemed wine expert and educator Timothy Magnus, featuring classroom sessions, field trips, and gourmet delights in the heart of Burgundy.
Welcome dinner at a fine restaurant in Beaune
Three days of classroom instruction with extensive tutored tasting
One day field-trip in the Côte de Beaune with visit to a domaine, a vineyard walk in Puligny-Montrachet, lunch at a gourmet restaurant, with elegant cuisine and exceptional wine list, and an afternoon visit to a top Beaune négociant
One day field-trip to the Côte de Nuits, including a vineyard tour, domaine visit, and lunch in a local restaurant
Finale dinner in a top Beaune wine restaurant
A fine selection of Bourgogne wines during the included meals
Individually-proctored online exam, to be taken up to one year from date of final payment (exam is not offered during the course week in Reims)
Access to the full Bourgogne Masters program will be granted once full payment has been received (120 days before departure). Students have access to the online classroom and Bourgogne Masters course materials for one year from that date and have one year take the exam. Deduct $300 from total price if previously or currently enrolled in the Bourgogne Masters program.
- Lunches on three days (students are given free time to eat lunch on their own on these three days, with many options within walking distance of the venue)
- Transportation to/from France and to/from Beaune
- Dinners aside from the welcome and farewell dinners are not included
There are many hotel or Airbnb options in Beaune at all price points. We recommend booking your lodging in the compact and pedestrian-friendly center of Beaune. Please contact us if you need help with lodging.
About Your Instructor
Your Wine Instructor
After growing up in Australia and falling in love with wine from an early age, Timothy Magnus spent several years working in the New South Wales wine region Hunter Valley.
In 2012 Tim completed the WSET Level 4 Diploma through the Wine Academy Austria, becoming an Associate of the Institute of Wines & Spirits. In 2015 upon completion of his research thesis Timothy received the title 'Weinakademiker' as well as winning the inaugural 'Swiss Wine Award' for his research thesis. He is also naturally an Official Bourgogne Wine Ambassador. Since 2011 Timothy has taught wine courses for different companies and schools including Switzerland's largest and most famous. For many years, Timothy has been specialized in the Bourgogne wine region. Because of this, he founded his own company Magnus Vinum with the aim of offering high level Burgundy wine education. He also imports a selection of top Bourgogne domaines. Timothy loves sharing his passion for the Bourogne wine region and with its rich tapestry of terroirs and producers.
Who is the program for?
Limited to 18 participants.
Location / Venue:
This intensive week of immersion into the wines of Bourgogne takes place in the newly renovated, bright, and spacious tasting rooms of Marchand Tawse located a few moments from the center of Beaune. This characterful 18th century building has been completely updated with modern facilities making it the ideal base of operations for this exciting course.
About the wines tasted:
With his access to many great domaines and extensive private collection, Timothy has selected wines to be tasted that represent a broad cross-section of different terroirs, winemaking philosophies and styles. The wines hail from many rising star domaines, established stars and even some cult domaines!
Producers tasted may include: Domaine Michel Lafarge, Louis Jadot, Bouchard Père et Fils, Domaine Henri Boillot, Domaine Bernard Moreau, Domaine Ramonet, Domaine François Raveneau, Domaine Vincent Dauvissat, Faiveley, Domaine François Bertheau, Domaine Robert Chevillon, Domaine Berthau-Gerbet, Domaine Chandon de Briailles, Domaine Marquis d’Angerville, Domaine de Montille, Domaine Dureuil-Janthial, Domaine Armand Rousseau, and more (list is subject to changes based on availability).
May 19-24, 2024 in Beaune, the region's wine capital
Afternoon / Evening
Sun May 19, 2024
Students should arrive in Beaune no later than 6pm
Welcome dinner in Beaune
Mon May 20, 2024
Unit 1: Terroir & Climate
Unit 2: Grapes and Viticulture
Unit 3: Vinification
Unit 4: The Beaune Négociants
Free time over lunch break
GREAT WHITE WINES OF THE CÔTE DE BEAUNE
Unit 5: Meursault
Unit 6: Puligny-Montrachet
Unit 7: Chassagne-Montrachet
FINDING VALUE IN CÔTE DE BEAUNE
Unit 8: Value Villages of Côte de Beaune
Tue May 21, 2024
FIELD TRIP CÔTE DE BEAUNE
Puligny-Montrachet vineyard tour
FIELD TRIP CÔTE DE BEAUNE
Lunch at a fine restaurant (included)
Wed May 22, 2024
Unit 9: Chablis & Grand Auxerrois
STARS OF THE CÔTE DE NUITS
Unit 10: Gevrey-Chambertin
Unit 11: Morey-St-Denis
Unit 12: Chambolle-Musigny
Free time over lunch break
STARS OF THE CÔTE DE NUITS
Unit 13: Vosne Romanée, Flagey-Echezeaux & Vougeot
Unit 14: Nuits-St-Georges & Côte de Nuits-Villages
FINDING VALUE IN CÔTE DE NUITS
Unit 15: Value Villages of the Côte de Nuits
Thu May 23, 2024
FIELD TRIP CÔTE DE NUITS
FIELD TRIP CÔTE DE NUITS
Lunch at a local restaurant (included)
Vineyard tour of Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny
Finale dinner in Beaune (with guest speaker)
Fri May 24, 2024
RED WINES FROM THE CÔTE DE BEAUNE
Unit 16: The Hill of Corton
Unit 17: Beaune & Savigny-lès-Beaune
Unit 18: Pommard
Unit 19: Volnay
FUTURE STARS OF BOURGOGNE
Unit 20: Côte Chalonnaise
Unit 21: Mâconnais
Unit 22: Commercialisation of Bourgogne Wines & the Secondary Market
Unit 23: Cults Domaines of Bourgogne
Students are free to book their departure travel for after 6:30pm or may stay in Beaune if they wish
About the Champagne Masters Program
This intensive week of study in Beaune builds upon the Wine Scholar Guild’s Bourgogne Masters program, an in-depth certification program on Bourgogne wines. This program has been created jointly by the Wine Scholar Guild and lead instructor Don P. Kinnan and is endorsed by Bourgogne Wine Board - BIVB.
Master the complex and fascinating Bourgogne region
Understand and see first-hand the trends of the Bourgogne wine trade
Get the inside scoop on who’s who in Bourgogne
Learn about new developments from the top domaines and rising stars
Stay current about the evolutions in viticulture, winemaking, and wine styles
Taste through over 60 carefully chosen wines including top and cult domaines
Meet fellow committed students of wine and lovers of Bourgogne wines
Visit top houses and smaller growers and learn directly from those crafting the wines
Experience first-hand some of the top Grand Cru vineyards and understand what factors lead to the production of these outstanding wines
Frequently Asked Questions
- You’ll learn so much more than you would on your own! Internationally renowned instructors are with you at all times throughout the week, giving fascinating information, making sure you understand the nuances and subtleties of the region and its wines, and responding to all of your questions.
- You will have amazing tastings in the classroom and get access to estates you would not be able to visit on your own. We have the highest-level contacts in each region. You’ll also get to taste fascinating wines at each estate, and you’ll be welcomed as an honored guest.
- Your instructor has worked in the region for many years. This has allowed them to cultivate extensive experience and contacts within the region. You’ll get expert information about the wine business there, and an insider’s take on local culture.
- The immersive experience makes the most of the limited time you have in the wine region and ensures that you get a thorough overview of the region and its wines.
- You get the camaraderie and pleasure of exploring the wine region with other like-minded people who are as passionate about wine as you are.
- Your instructor will translate for the group at all times, so you will have no communication issues, as many winemakers have limited English.
Our Educational Wine Tours offer end-to-end full-service wine experiences with all lodging, and most meals included. You may move locations throughout the week and visit up to three wineries each day. This type of tour provides a deep-dive experience in the vineyards, cellars, and with local winemakers.
Our Masters Program Immersions provide a 360-degree view of a region via 3 days of classroom instruction with extensive tutored tastings and two days of field trip study. These programs build off of existing WSG course content and are available to new students, current students and alumni. Course materials are included in the price, and you can take your certification exam for the corresponding program once you return home. Hotels are not included in the price, but we are happy to provide information on options for all budgets once you reserve your seat. Lunch is typically included on field trip days only, with free time on classroom days to source your own lunch at your expense. Group dinners are also included with the remaining three at your expense. Many students prefer the structure of learning in the classroom combined with the free time of this format. It is also well-suited for those who wish to be more social, as students quickly become friends with others in the group.
We request that all guests on our trips are serious and passionate about wine, however, there are no official prerequisites for WSG Study Abroad experiences.
For all Masters Program Immersion experiences, you will receive study materials in advance once your balance is paid in full, or 120 days before travel. To get the maximum benefit from the trip, we strongly recommend being familiar with content that is provided in advance.
WSG Studio is also an excellent resource and contains hundreds of topical recorded lectures and webinars on many of the regions we visit. For trips that do not include study materials, we will generally send a curated selection of webinars to watch in advance.
Yes, the following include enrollment in the corresponding online Masters Program:
- Champagne Masters Immersion in Reims
- Bourgogne Masters Immersion in Beaune
If you're a graduate of the program, or are currently enrolled, you are eligible for the "Enrolled Student Price" ($300 discount) when paying your final balance. Study materials and access to the online classroom will be provided when your full payment is received (120 before the start of the trip). Students have one year from the date they pay their final balance to take the online exam. Extensions, at an additional cost, are available.
They begin and end directly in the wine region you’ll be visiting. For your convenience, all trips start and end in or near a city with major rail links and/or airports. Transportation to and from the meeting and ending point is up to you and at your own cost.
Information on trip starting and ending points are included in the itinerary for each trip. You’ll be sent all the information you need to make your travel arrangements once reserved.
Our instructors have arranged professional-level tastings at some of the finest estates in each region.
At all the estates, you'll receive a warm welcome and an educational tasting often with the winemaker him or herself. In most cases, you will tour the technical facilities (vat room and aging cellars) in addition to your tasting. You may taste from the barrel or vat in addition to recent and older vintages in bottle. Sometimes you’ll taste in the cellar, sometimes in a tasting room and other times outdoors.
During some visits, you’ll go out into the vineyard with the winemaker to discuss vineyard management and harvesting. If the winemaker doesn’t speak English, the instructor will translate for him or her, and for you if you have questions. Each estate visit is unique: at one winery, you might see a cooper making barrels; at another, there may be beautiful gardens; at a third, a special art exhibit or museum.
Preparing for the trip
Please ask the instructor if there is enough time at the end of the visit for you to make your purchase without impeding the progress and timing of the trip. It is rare that estates offer international shipping.
If you would like to purchase wine, we recommend that you ask your government’s customs office for their rules and regulations if you intend to bring wine back into your country, or have wine shipped to you.
You always have the option of bringing wine home with you in your checked luggage. A specialized wine suitcase is perfect for this. Depending on your home country, this amount will vary. You may have to pay some amount of duty on your wine when you go through customs. Therefore, it's best to check with your local authorities for further information.
For the field trip days, it's best to bring clothing that’s casual without being unkempt. Avoid sweats and old sneakers, for example. For our visits to more prestigious estates, slightly more elegant attire is requested and appreciated.
We'll be doing quite a bit of standing and some walking during the field trip days, plus the cellars can be damp, so it would be best to avoid high heels and opt for comfortable shoes for the daytime. For walks in the vineyards, you’ll want appropriate walking shoes or sneakers. For the evening, do bring some dressier clothes for dinners in elegant restaurants.
For Masters Program Immersion: these experiences typically include a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner as well as one or two lunches during your field trip days. These meals will be paired with selected local wines. The rest of the meals are at your expense. WSG and/or the instructor will provide a list of some dining options for you to consult.
Instructors & Course Assitants
Our trip instructors are among the most renowned and respected wine professionals in the wine business. They are also professional wine educators who are absolutely passionate about the region and its wines.
You can see a full biography of the instructor for each trip on the corresponding page, so you can know exactly with whom you'll be touring and learning. Most are native English speakers (American or British), and all other instructors speak English fluently. Our instructors have that special combination of high-level wine expertise, personal warmth, friendliness, and excellent leadership skills. They'll accompany you every day, throughout the trip, and will be able to answer all of your questions about the wines of the region you’ll be visiting (and about wine in general).
The course assistant is there to help the instructor during the time in class, serving wines and other tasks. During the field trip days, they are there to make sure all the logistics of the day run smoothly so that the instructor can devote their time to instructing! This includes liaising with the bus driver and restaurants before and during the trip. Along with the instructor, they are responsible in making sure that the group is punctual for all visits, meals and drop-offs. They also help to handle any emergency that may come up.
Booking a trip
Yes, we strongly encourage you to purchase a very comprehensive travel insurance package once you have paid your deposit for a Study Trip. Note that many plans require you to purchase the insurance very soon after your deposit payment (some require it within 14 days).
There are any number of things that can happen that can cause cancellation or interruption of package travel, and travel insurance can help cover the costs you incur as a result. You can find travel insurers easily and there are sites where you can compare policies (for example, Insure My Trip).
Be sure to read policies very carefully before you purchase. Include your airfare, train fare, and any other expenses you will have in addition to the price of the study trip itself. We highly recommend getting a “cancel for any reason” policy, which offers the best coverage. Travel experts say “if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel,” so don’t skimp on this important coverage!
"Students of Wine"; whether wine industry professionals or serious wine hobbyists who wish to learn extensively about the wines of France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Spain with the leader in French, Italian and Spanish wine education and certification.
Yes, you need to be in good physical condition. On field trip days, we will be walking short distances into the vineyards, walking through a winery, up and down stairs, and often standing in place for a while during a winery tour and tasting (sometimes there is no place to sit in the winery).
Yes, definitely. We keep group size to no more than 16-18 participants, to make sure that everyone gets individual attention. The smaller group size also allows us to use a smaller motor coach, so we can take smaller, more scenic country roads and maneuver more easily through narrow estate access roads. It also enables us to visit exclusive estates that do not accept large groups.
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