This is an advanced and highly respected accreditation that is officially recognised as a marque of excellence by the French government. Those who pass can use the letters FWS after their name – great for your career or just to prove that you can!

It’s a rigorous and specialist course that goes into great depth about all French wine appellations and how their identities are shaped. It lasts for ten weeks and is made up of two-and-a-half-hour sessions on ten consecutive weeks with a one-hour exam at the end consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. You need to get 75% or more to pass.

We are licenced by the Wine Scholar Guild to provide this course using their materials.

How does it work?

We run the course over five weeks. You will be provided with a gorgeous 270 page full-colour study manual as well as one year’s access to the Wine Scholar Guild’s online e-learning resources. This contains quizzes, tests, games to help you learn.

What's included?

There is, of course, lots of wine tasting – in fact you will taste over 40 wines including some rare and unusual ones. We cover the following regions in the course:

Week 1 – Champagne, the Loire & Bordeaux.

Week 2 –  Burgundy, Beaujolais & Alsace.

Week 3 – Jura, Savoie & South-West France.

Week 4 – The Rhône, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence & Corsica.

Week 5 – 1 hour Exam: 100 question multiple choice paper. ​

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For each region, you will learn about:

  • Viticultural history, wine culture and traditions
  • Location and climate and their effects on viticulture and wine style
  • Topography, geography and soils and their impact on the vine
  • Grape varieties and their organoleptic profiles
  • Viticulture and winemaking practices
  • Wine industry trends and economics
  • All AOCs with their regulations, wine styles and specificities

The study manual also contains a Foundation Unit that covers French wine law, grape varieties, viticulture, viniculture and a discussion of Old World vs. New World wine styles.

French Wine Scholar | Manchester

The Castlefield Hotel

Time: 10:00 am

Next Course: March 20, 2022

From: £685.00

We are taking bookings for these classroom courses in anticipation of social distancing being relaxed enough to run them responsibly. If this is not possible, you will be able to re-book or be refunded.