French Wine Scholar


Gagan Sharma


16 Weeks





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 specialisation program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists.

Students who follow this in depth curriculum and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) post nominal (e.g. John Smith, FWS).

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


The program remains predominantly self-taught through the study material provided. However, that isn’t enough. You must have the login to online study program that serves as an excellent support to your studies through detailed presentations, maps, self-check quizzes, and more. 

IWBS educator, Gagan SHARMA FWS, will also host periodic online sessions to assist you in the process and clarify your doubts and queries. 

There may be tastings sessions as well, however, given the current situation of restricted gatherings, it will be too early to plan and comment.


  • Alsace, 
  • Champagne, 
  • Bourgogne, 
  • Beaujolais, 
  • Jura, 
  • Savoie, 
  • Loire, 
  • Bordeaux, 
  • Southwest, 
  • Languedoc, 
  • Roussillon, 
  • Rhône, 
  • Provence, 
  • Corsica
  • A Foundation Unit covering: French wine law, grape varieties, viticulture, viniculture and a discussion of Old World vs. New World wine styles.

*Online classroom study will be conducted once a week. Examination can be taken at any point in time during the one year validity from the date of registration.


Examinations will be conducted in a classroom style by Institute of Wine + Beverage Studies (IWBS). Examinations sheets will be created by the Wine Scholar Guild (USA) and sent to IWBS in India. These are one-hour examinations entailing 100-multiple choice questions. Once the examinations are conducted, the sheets are sent back to WSG in USA, where they are evaluated and the results are then announced.


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

The exam is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of France.

Passing score is 75. Candidates scoring 85-90 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.

To ease the fee payment, IWBS offers two easy options

FULL FEE The candidate can pay the entire fee in one go and receive their study material and course logins

PARTIAL FEE The candidate can opt to pay the entire fee in two part. The first enrolment fee of INR40000 (inclusive of GST) can be paid to book your seat and receive the study material. However, it’ll only be upon making the balance fee payment that the course login to online study programs, classes, preparations, and reviews will be received. This balance fee deposit must be made by the day the program begins.

In case any further clarification is required, please feel free to connect with us at or at 9650046655


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.

The FWS program allows wine professionals to set themselves apart from their peers by specializing in the wines of France.

It is a great resource and supplement for students of wine moving toward advanced general wine study programs such as WSET Diploma, Master of Wine program, Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier (and up) or Certified Wine Educator.

While not a prerequisite, we recommend that students successfully complete at least the lower level course from one of these organizations before entering the FWS program.

All students of wine eventually discover France. Some use it as the starting point to begin their vinous exploration while others arrive in France after having sampled the wines of other countries. There is a world within French wine and the wines and wine styles of France have certainly impacted the entire wine world.

Many reference France as the benchmark for wine production. But this is not just because of the quality and quantity of wines it produces. This longstanding reputation is due to the fact that internationally recognized grape varieties of high caliber such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are all native to France!

By studying French wine, the student gains a deeper appreciation for the grape and its travels and a reference point for Old World/New World comparisons.

Once you’ve paid the fee, request to enrol you will be sent to the WSG. They will then dispatch your study material to IWBS which upon receipt in Delhi will be further shipped to your postal address. This can take a few weeks depending on the shipment duration from USA and subsequent custom clearance in India.

Should you wish to opt out of the program, a cancellation fee of INR40000 (inclusive of GST) will be charged. The balance amount will be refunded. The candidate can retain their study material.

Should the seat be cancelled after registration closing date, complete fee will be charged as a cancellation fee

Candidates can opt to move their seats to the future session for no extra charge. Seats will be confirmed subject to availability.

Course Details

INR 55000 + GST


16 Weeks


Delhi + Online

Registration Closes

10th March

Course Dates

5th Apl - 30th June


15th July, 2021

Course Includes

Our sessions will include 10 hours of classroom/online instruction with tutored tasting taught by approved instructor Gagan Sharma, FWS, plus:

  • The 274 page full colour French Wine Scholar study manual
  • 1 year access to the French Wine Scholar online study program for class preparation and review
  • Registration for the French Wine Scholar Exam
  • Certificate + lapel pin

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