Provence Master-Level Program
A study and certificate program on the wines of Provence
The Provence Master-Level program is an official course of study designed for wine trade.
It has been created by the French Wine Society and is endorsed by Wines of Provence.
Lead instructor for this program is French Wine Society's Director of Education Lisa Airey, FWS, CWE.
Offered in an on-demand, distance-learning format:
This is France’s oldest wine region with a 2,600 year old tradition of making dry rosé. Learn about the history, geology, topography, soils and climate. Explore Provence’s rich palette of grape varieties. Discover the art and science of crafting rosé and learn how the multiple methods of making pink manifest themselves in tell-tale aromatic and structural markers in the glass. Study the AOCs with an eye on the sky, a nose to the wind and a feel for the proximity to the sea. Everything comes into play in this sun-drenched region including the hand of man.
Registration is valid for a full year from date of registration.
Explore Provence from the comfort of your own office or home computer.
This is Provence as you've never seen it presented!
Five recorded webinars conducted by your lead instructor, online study modules, reading and tasting assignments, interactive Q&A with your lead instructor and online quizzes for self-evaluation!
This is, in scope and design, the most comprehensive wine study program on Provence bar none. Through this program, students will acquire a profound knowledge of the region and develop a greater sensory understanding of its wines.
Why Study Provence?
Provence is France’s oldest winemaking region. It is the only region in France and the only region in the world to focus primarily on the production of rosé wine. To reference scale, Provence produces 25 times the volume of rosé as Tavel!
With a rosé-producing legacy dating back over 2000 years, Provence has established the benchmark for producing fruity, but stylistically dry rosé. And with the establishment of the Rosé Wine Research and Experimentation Centre in 1999, the only research facility of its kind in the world, Provence further cements its future as the on-going leader in the category.
The region has been immortalized through the works of the impressionist artists Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso and popularized in Peter Mayle’s book “A Year in Provence”. Its cities, Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez, Arles and Aix, attract visitors from all over the world. And with good reason. Bordering the Mediterranean, Provence is awash in a rich cultural history.
This wine region is an ancient wine producer. Discover it anew!
Who should enroll?
Anyone who wishes to understand Provence wines from the ground up:
- Wine professionals
- Advanced Students of Wine
- Serious wine hobbyists
What are the prerequisites?
You will be provided with all the materials you need to enter the program from a position of strength:
- The French Wine Scholar Study Manual’s Provence chapter
- Online access to the French Wine Scholar’s Provence e-learning module and review quiz
What does the program include?
- Preparatory reading, e-learning modules and quiz in advance of the core curriculum
- A comprehensive series of 5 recorded webinars
- One-year access to the video recording of the webinars for on-demand review
- A copy of the Provence Master-Level Study Manual
- Written review materials in timed installments
- 2 online review quizzes
- Instructor Q&A as well as student community forums
- Optional tasting assignments
- Suggested reading
- Online exam registration with the FWS
Why study online?
- E-learning is flexible and available “on demand”. Your programming is delivered to your computer at your convenience, regardless of traffic or weather.
- E-learning makes the world smaller! By going online, the FWS allows students to have access to a pool of talented educators from France and the USA.
- E-learning is accessible, convenient, and affordable. No traffic jams. No travel. No parking costs.
What about tasting?
The choice is yours: link up with fellow students at a participating FWS program provider for a day of review and tutored tasting or study and taste on your own.
What is the detailed curriculum?
The curriculum is taught by lead-instructor, Lisa Airey FWS CWE, French Wine Society education director and Provence Accredited Instructor.
Webinar # 1: History of Provence and Provence Rosé
Provence is France’s oldest winemaking region. It is the only region in France and the only region in the world to focus primarily on the production of rosé wine. And what it crafts is dry. Explore a pink legacy that is 2,600 years old. It’s an eye-opening story that speaks to an ancient winemaking practice that has been maintained in style.
Webinar #2: Geography, Topography, Soils, Climate
Explore Provence from the ground up! Learn about its complex geography and topography, soils and climate. Yes, Provence is one region, but with a multitude of expressions.
Webinar #3: Provençal Viti-Vini
Learn about the grapes that go into the wine, the three principal methods of rosé production and how winemaking practices significantly alter the color and aroma, and structure and style of the finished product. This is a technical webinar with practical applications designed to give you a better understanding of the language of rosé, how to analyze it organoleptically, and how to express your impressions competently.
Webinar #4: AOCs Part One
Côte de Provence accounts for 75% of all wine produced in Provence. We will focus on its five non-contiguous vineyard areas, its sub-regional designations and its classification system before exploring Bandol and Cassis, two small, but well-known AOCs.
Webinar #5: AOCs Part Two
In this webinar we’ll focus on Côteaux d’Aix en Provence, Provence’s second largest wine appellation and cover the other AOCs as well: Les Baux de Provence, Côteaux Varois en Provence, Palette, Bellet, and Côteaux de Pierrevert. Although Provence’s legacy is crystal pink, the whites and reds are also gems.
The exam is composed of 50 multiple-choice questions, four short-answer essays as well as a map identification exercise. The Provence Master-Level Certificate will be conferred to those individuals who sit the exam and achieve a score of 75 or higher.
There is an optional, proctored exam whose passing score validates mastery of the course content. This exam may be administered online with appropriate access to webcam and a computer outfitted with microphone. Students have a full-calendar year within which they may sit for the exam after receipt of the study manual.
Full self study package including the online study program, study manual and registration for online exam sit.
A copy of the 60-page, full-color study manual as well as registration for on-demand, online exam sit.
Registration for online sit of the Provence Master-Level exam.
A 60-page, full-color study manual on the wines of Provence.