French Wine Scholar

Course Fees

SGD2000 nett per person

What you get and what is included:

  • French Wine Scholar - Study Pack
  • Samples for tasting during curriculum
  • One sitting of examination (subsequent re-sits chargeable)

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Upcoming Course Dates

  • French Wine Scholar
    • Weekly Monday Lesson (6th & 13th May, 3rd & 10th Jun 2024)
      May 6, 2024 - June 10, 2024
      10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    • Weekly Monday & Tuesday Lesson (3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th Jun 2024)
      June 3, 2024 - June 11, 2024
      10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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About this course:

The French Wines Scholar® Program is the industry's most respected certification course on the Wines of France. It presents each French wine region as an integrated whole by explaining the impact of history, the significance of geological events, the importance of topographical markers and the influence of climatic factors on the wine the glass. No topic is discussed in isolation in order to give students a working knowledge of the material at hand. 

The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all French wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities.

The program provides committed students of wine with an unparalleled set of study tools designed to maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

Course objective:

The objective of the French Wine Scholar® course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the wines of France, including their history, geography, winemaking techniques, grape varietals, and regional diversity.

Through the course, students will learn to identify and evaluate the key factors that contribute to the quality and character of French wines, and gain an appreciation for the unique cultural and social contexts in which these wines are produced and consumed.

By the end of the course, students will be able to confidently navigate the diverse and dynamic world of French wines, and communicate their knowledge and appreciation to others in a professional setting.

Course Outline:

The French Wines Scholar® is composed of the following chapters with France's 14 Distinct Wine Regions :

  • 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
  • Fundamental Unit covers the history of France, its political geography, physical geography, climate, soils, grapes, training systems, and viticultural & vinicultural practices, plus an essential piece on how AOCs are counted and why different sources quote different figures.
  • Particular focus on current regional trends and challenges
  • Pie charts of pertinent AOC production numbers and area under vine by wine region
  • Learning objectives that provide detailed assessment criteria for mastery

Regions covered: Alsace, Champagne, Bourgogne, Beaujolais, Jura, Savoie, Loire, Bordeaux, South-West, Languedoc, Roussillon, Rhône, Provence, Corsica


4 Sessions (8 hours each) + 1 Session (Exam)

Course assessment:

The exam is given in multiple-choice format.

There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of France.

Passing score is 75.

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, although it is highly recommended that you have at least attained 1 of the following credentials or it’s equivalent:

WSET Level 3 Award in Wine

Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)


Candidates who follow this in-depth curriculum on the wines of France and pass the exam, earn the French Wine Scholar™ (SWS) post-nominal.

Candidates scoring 75 or above with PASS, 85-90 pass with HONORS, 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.

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