Key Learning Objectives
The Sud de France Master-Level Certificate Program is designed to recognize expertise in the wines and the Languedoc-Roussillon wines.
This program delves deeply the region’s rich history, diverse landscapes and dynamic wine trade. It provides detailed information on the region’s climate, varieties and viticultural practices. It explores the region’s geology, topography and soils, and explains the specificities of wine production past and present, and covers all the individual AOPs and IGPs, enabling students to understand and explain the stylistic differences between key AOP’s and IGP’s of the region.
“It is great to see such a maligned region produce so many good wines.” (Chief Sommelier, Boulud)
At the end of the 14-hour “Sud de France Master-Level” training sessions, students will have a profound understanding of the Languedoc-Roussillon area and the amazing diversity of wine that it produces. To illustrate their knowledge and earn their certificate, students will be required to pass an exam equivalent to the WSET 2/3, one of the most prestigious leaders in wine knowledge education.
Master Class sessions encompass the following themes:
– History of the Languedoc Roussillon, from the early years to the Industrial Revolution, the effect of phylloxera on the region, politics of change at the turn of the 20th century, and a more current overview of life in the 21st century
– Location and climate
– Regional topography, geology and geography
– Grape varieties
– Viticulture & winegrowing
– Wine quality designations: IGP/AOC
Each registered participant will be given a study manual and will have access to more than 15 webinars for a full year in preparation for the final exam, thanks to the “Pack Study Programme” delivered by the Wine Scholar Guild, partner of the training sessions.
How is the program structured?
The course takes place over two consecutive days for a total of 14 hours of instruction by a Sud de France Wine Educator. These sessions mix theory and tasting. Tastings combine a wide range of at least 30 Languedoc-Roussillon wines in order to identify the variety, the character and diversity of the different designations and terroirs in one of the most creative winemaking areas in the world.
The exam is comprised of three sections: 50 multiple-choice questions, four short essay questions, and a map identification exercise. The content for these sections is taken directly from the Master-Level Study Manual.
The map identification exercise will ask the candidate to identify major cities, wine regions, sub-regions, rivers, oceans, forests, mountains and other topographical features.
The exam is weighted in the following manner:
– 50 Multiple-Choice Questions: 50 points
– 10 Map Identification Items: 10 points
– 4 Short Essay Questions: 40 points
For those who would like totake the exam at a later date (exceptionally and under conditions), it can be taken online anytime within one year following the completion of a Sud de France Master-Level session. Passing score is 75 (out of 100). Wine professionals who work through this in-depth curriculum and complete the exam earn a Certificate of Mastery, accredited by the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Regional Council and the Interprofessional organizations.