French Wine Scholar

The French Wine Scholar Study and Certification program provides current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of France.

Developed and administrated by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists.

Students of wine who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal.

French Wine Scholar

The French Wine Scholar program provides each student with a deep level of information on each the major wine regions of France, helping you achieve a broad and professional level of proficiency in French wine. The impact of history, the significance of geological events, the importance of topographical markers and the influence of climatic factors will be discussed.

Join the Wine Education Institute to study for your French Wine Scholar credential in an engaging combination of on-line self-study and interactive classroom tasting and review! This "bricks and clicks" format is a comprehensive, cost- and time-efficient, user-friendly way to earn a post-nominal. This specific course of study has been endorsed by France Agrimer (French National Wine Office), Diageo, Kobrand, Maisons, Marques & Domaines, Palm Bay International, Pasternak Wine Imports, Vineyard Brands, Wilson Daniels Ltd., Louis Latour, Inc., Vintage '59 Imports, Robert Kacher Selections, Boisset Family Estates, and Moet Hennessy USA.

The study package includes:

  • A welcome meeting to review the study program itself and its format
  • The 250-page French Wine Scholar study manual
  • One-year access to the Online French Wine Scholar study program with Q&A forum
  • Two half-day, in-classroom review sessions with tutored tasting
  • FWS exam


Tuition for the program is $750

Program Schedule:

2-3 hour Welcome Meeting:
Meet your instructor. Receive your manual, get login and password access to the online program. Review the French Wine Scholar program itself and receive tips on how to best study and prepare for the exam. Get acquainted with your fellow students! Form study groups!
Tasting and Review Sessions
We will break the coursework into 4 segments, each lasting 3 weeks. Each segment will be capped off with a 4 hour review and tasting session where we'll come together and review all the relevant regions, taste some representative wine and reinforce the "must know" topics.

FWS final exam:

One week after the final tasting and review session you will come back for your exam. One hundred multiple-choice questions. Passing score is 75. Results are returned within 3 weeks.

Class and exam will be held at Bitto Bistro, 14697 Delaware St #1000, Westminster CO 80023. Your instructor, both in-classroom and for online coaching will be Kurt Garbars.

Wine study has never been so convenient and affordable! Sign up today!

Price: $ 750.00