Become a French Wine Scholar!
The French Wine Scholar program is a U.S. wine industry-endorsed and Wines of France-endorsed wine study and certification program.
It was developed by the French Wine Society to provide current, accurate information on the wine regions of France and validate proficiency in the Wines of France.
Intermediate to advanced students of wine who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal.
Learn more: Detailed Curriculum
There are two paths to the FWS post-nominal…Self-study or Attending classes
Tristan Kindy, FWS
The French Wine Society has done an excellent job of creating a study program that appeals to those interested in expanding their knowledge of France and its wine industry. In depth, comprehensive, specific, this course was more detail than anticipated and a lot of fun! If you are a wine professional looking to hone your "Franco-files" or an avid wine enthusiast who wants to geek out a bit, this course is highly recommended.
Brian K. Christ, FWS
The manual is very well laid out with pertinent information that goes beautifully hand in hand with the online program. It has given me a new appreciation and understanding of French wine. In fact, I am trying to use the information not only in my profession, but to add to my tasting experiences as well by purchasing a bottle from as many of the different AOC's as well! An excellent learning tool through and through.
For anyone wanted to start a base knowledge and work their way to a rather thorough understanding of French wine and its laws, AOC's and characteristics of the wines themselves, this course has it all. Highly recommended for both newcomers and well seasoned wine students alike.
Janice Kraynok, FWS
The online academy reinforced the study guide and added another perspective to my study plan. I felt as though the study guide and the online academy complemented each other in a way that made it easier to learn: if you are a visual person, the book covered everything. If you are an aural person, the online modules worked well.
Maura O'Brien, FWS
The program is excellent. It differs in format from many classes taught in that there is a real effort to give context to the regions through discussion of history as well as soils, topography, climate and grapes from each region. The class is not producer driven, but is terroir driven, and teaches students about France as a whole as well as the specific regions.
The FWS Program is a very in-depth serious program for the wine professional or enthusiast. There is no other program like it and attaining the qualification should be a highly recognized achievement.
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