French Wine Scholar Study and Certification Program

Wine Guild Become a 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.

Set yourself apart from your peers. Specialize in the wines of France!

French Wine Scholar Program Offered Here!

The French Wine Scholar Program covers French wine law, grape varieties, viticulture, winemaking and all of the French wine regions. This core body of knowledge is important whether you sell wine, buy wine or teach about wine.

Why Study French Wine?

  • France vies with Italy as the #1 wine producing country in the world.
  • The most popular commercially produced grape varieties (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) are all native to France!
  • When it comes to wine culture, France is the historic benchmark!

Study with The Art Institute of Vancouver:

Study at The Art Institute of Vancouver to delve deep into the wines of France and prepare for the French Wine Scholar exam.
Our sessions will include 27 hours of classroom instruction with tutored tasting taught by approved instructor Mark Shipway FWS, AIWS plus:

  • the 280-page full-color French Wine Scholar study manual
  • 1-year access to the French Wine Scholar online study program for class prep and review (a $295 value-added bonus)
  • Registration for the French Wine Scholar Exam

An average of 8 different wines will be tasted in each individual class.

Earn your French Wine Scholar title with The Art Institute of Vancouver!

Our next Session:

Our next session is scheduled to start OCTOBER 4th 5th and will run on 11 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6 - 9 pm:

  • Oct 4: Introduction & Alsace
  • Oct 11: Champagne
  • Oct 18: Burgundy Part 1
  • Oct 25: Burgundy Part 2 & Beaujolais
  • Nov 1: Rhone Valley
  • Nov 8: Southern France
  • Nov 15: Loire Valley
  • Nov 22: Bordeaux
  • Nov 29: SW France, Jura & Savoie
  • Dec 6: Study Week
  • Dec 13: Final Exam

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at

For further information, please contact:
Angela Landon
P: 604.761.9645