French Wine Scholar Certification Program (FWS)

French Wine Scholar Certification Program (FWS)

lapen-pin-transparentThe French Wine Scholar program is an official certification course of study designed by the Wine Scholar Guild to provide current, accurate information on the wine regions of France and validate proficiency in the Wines of France. It is endorsed by Wines of France/French National Wine Office and is taught by licensed French Wine Scholar Instructors. Wine professionals who follow this in-depth curriculum on the wines of France and pass the exam, earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal. In order to prepare properly, you must read and study the FWS manual carefully.

The curriculum and teaching materials for the French Wine Scholar Program are the same regardless of where you study. Our industry leading instructors will make the difference in your learning experience.

FWS Course Overview

  • 24 hours of instruction with tutored tastings
  • A 280-page, full-color FWS Study Manual & FWS exam registration
  • Access for 1 full year to the FWS Online Study Program
  • 1 hour multiple choice exam.
  • The French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential, certificate and lapel pin upon passing the FWS exam
  • Introduction to France: winemaking, viticultue, history
  • Northern France: Alsace, Champagne, Jura, Savoie, Burgundy, Loire
  • Southern France: Bordeaux, Rhone, Languedoc and Roussillon, Southwest, Provence, Corsica

FWS Class Session at Wine Sellar and Brasserie: ENROLLING FOR THE Fall 2020 SESSION!

Classes meet on Wednesdays from 6-10pm for 6 weeks.
Class Dates: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, November 4, 18 (exam)

FWS Course Pricing

The FWS Certification Program costs $1100 for the teaching, books, exam and all course (online and printed manual) materials. 10% booking discounts if you enroll with at least one other person.


$1,133.00Add to cart

For further information, contact Lindsay Pomeroy by email or cell (857-919-3474).

FWS Testimonials

“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.”
Maura O’Brien, FWS

“If you are a professional in the wine business looking to enhance your career, this is the program for you. Great instructors, easy-to-follow study guide and 24-hour internet access.”
Ronald Plunkett, FWS, Sommelier at Hakkasan in San Francisco

“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.”
Nava Ramesh, FWS

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