French Wine Professional - Certification Program

Become a French Wine Pro!

This course was created by James Cluer, Master of Wine. It is a proprietary course run exclusively by Fine Vintage Ltd.

There are many great wine producing countries in the world, but France remains as a benchmark for quality and style. So we are thrilled to offer wine lovers a certification program focused on the wines of la belle France.

Students who take this course and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Professional (FWP) post-nominal. It is open to anyone with an interest in learning about the wines of France.

Course format: This course takes place over 2 full days from 9.30 am until 5.30 pm with a one hour lunch break. (In Chicago, the course runs from 9:00am-5:00pm).

View sample wine log: French Wine Professional

Course content: The French Wine Professional Program focuses on the classic wine regions of France. We start off the first morning with Champagne, Alsace and the Loire Valley. In the afternoon of Day 1 we cover all of greater Burgundy including Chablis and Beaujolais. On Day 2 we explore the intricacies of Bordeaux, before wrapping up with the Rhone Valley, the South, and Vins Doux Naturels. You can download the course outline here.

Tastings: We pride ourselves on the quality of the wines we pour for tasting. During this course you will taste approximately 30 different wines.

Price: $499 total. If you do not already have a set of 6 ISO tasting glasses, you will need to purchase them from us at an additional cost of $45.

Cities: We offer this course in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Chicago and Miami.

Instructors: All of our instructors teaching this course have expert knowledge on the wines of France.

Materials: Included in the price is a study guide on the wines of France. This is emailed to you approximately 3 weeks in advance of the course. Please study it prior to the course.

Examination: The French Wine Professional exam takes place at the very end of the last day of the course, at 4.30 pm, and lasts for 1 hour. (In Chicago, the exam will take place at 4.00pm). It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions which are all drawn from the study guide. You need to get 33 correct and upon successful completion you will be mailed a FWP certificate.

Who takes these courses?

Many wine lovers take this course just for general interest. We also have people in the trade who work as Sommeliers, in sales, marketing and retail for whom the credential is extremely useful.


Please click on the city where you wish to take the course: Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Chicago and Miami.

Registration Terms

When you register online, your credit card is charged a $100 deposit. The remaining payment for all fees will be automatically processed in full, 3 weeks prior to the course start date on the credit card provided.

The full course tuition (deposit plus remainder payment) is 100% non-refundable from the date you register. But your course fees are transferable as a credit to another course, or to another person, once. This transfer request must be made in writing three weeks prior to the start of the 1st class. Transfer requests received after this time will not be accepted and you will forfeit your full payment.