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Develop the know-how you need to become a wine expert

The Wine and Management Programme takes place in Paris, the French capital of culture, gastronomy, and the art of fine living. French vineyards remain a reference throughout the world, making the French capital the ideal location for in-depth wine studies.

This program gives students a double diploma in "Wine Management" from the Le Cordon Bleu Paris Institute, opening up to a wide variety of careers in this sector, as well as in partnership with the prestigious University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA), the diploma "Wine Culture Heritage and Tourism".

University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne offers specific training courses, as close as possible to the needs and realities of wine-growing and oenotourism, through teaching based on innovative research of international reputation.

Programme's goals:

The Wine and Management Professions Program is managed and taught by recognized experts.

Key information

Entry requirements: Students must be aged 18 years or over at the beginning of the programme and be in possession of a baccalaureate or equivalent.

September to July.

Price: €20,950 (Full tuition includes registration fees, 4 vineyards visits, all tastings and student uniform).

Hours per week: 25 hours on average.

Languages:  The programme is taught in English.

Wine and Management programme details

  • Content of the Programme

    The Wine and Management Programme is divided into four parts:

    1. A 2-week internship during the harvest period in France

    Two weeks of full immersion in the world of wine during the French Harvest season. Students join in the harvest alongside French winemakers.

    2. Lectures, wine conferences and vineyard visits

    - Study of viticultural countries - This part of the programme is spread over the nine months and focuses on French wines with an overview of vineyards in Europe and the New World. Subjects covered include cultivation techniques, associated climate and terroir as well as the winegrowing producers of each region. Students will have the chance to taste a representative selection of wines from each vineyard during the many professional tasting sessions organized in various locations throughout Paris. Several experts in the field (sommeliers, wine brokers, wine growers, speakers, wine merchants etc) provide students with the most up-to-date and comprehensive information in an ever-evolving discipline.

    - Business and sales force related to the wine business - This part of the programme addresses the challenges of accounting and financial management in the wine business. Marketing, commercialization, business plan, target, location strategy and human resources are all covered. Students learn how to build a balanced wine menu calculated to optimize sales and profits.

    - Food and Wine pairings - During culinary demonstrations by Le Cordon Bleu Chefs, students practise food and wine pairing with sensory analysis of the dishes and wines being tasted.- Oenology - Students focus on vinification and viticulture techniques, indispensible for mastering the art of wine tasting.

    - Vineyard visits - As part of the Wine and Management Diploma, students go on a number of educational trips to French vineyards. These field trips give students the chance to discover the many facets of French vineyards and learn more about the history, the terroir, the economy, the way in which the wine industry is organized and the secrets of production of different wines. Here are some examples of French vineyard visits:

    • Cognac
    • Champagne
    • Bordeaux
    • Loire valley

    3. An internship in a wine related establishment

    6-week internship in a wine related establishment, such as:

    • Hotels - Restaurants: Les Ambassadeurs (Crillon Hotel's restaurant), Drouant Restaurant , Le Sur Mesure (Mandarin Oriental Hotel's restaurant), La Tour d’Argent, Lasserre Restaurant , La Table du Baltimore (Baltimore Hotel's restaurant), Le Meurice Hotel, Le Bistrot du Sommelier, Le Jules Verne, Georges V, Frenchie
    • Wine bars and wine cellars: O Château, Le Petit Sommelier, Wine by One, Caves Legrand
    • Wine producers, specialized firms and organisations: Duval Leroy, AOC International, France Boissons, Bettane & Desseauve
    • Wine tourism agencies: Wine Chic Travel

    4. 8-week internship of professional insight.

  • Who is the Wine and Management Programme for?
    This Wine and Management programme has been designed for those looking for a unique wine course. It is an important stepping stone for future entrepreneurs who plan to open a wine bar, a wine shop or to specialize in international business or wine tourism.
    The Wine and Management programme is also aimed at those considering a career change and provides significant knowledge for those who are planning a career in the restaurant industry.
  • Wine Career opportunities

    After obtaining the Diploma, according to the student's level, possible career opportunities include:

    • Become a sommelier
    • Become a wine consultant
    • Become a wine Importer or Exporter
    • Become a bistrot owner
    • Become a wine tourism expert
    • Become a wine journalist
  • Intake dates and apply

    Term Dates & Prices

    Select a date
    Sep 1, 2022 - Jul 6, 2023 ( Standard )
    € 20,950.00
  • International environment and professional network
    The Wine and management programme is taught in English. Students come from various countries: France, USA, China, Brazil, …
    The Wine and Management Programme gives you the savoir-faire necessary to become an expert in the wine industry.


  • Photo testimonial
    I love the way wine brings people together, provides an opportunity to set aside their work, and simply pause and enjoy life. Since graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, I've founded my own business based in San Francisco, En Pointe Wines. I hope I can encourage others to view wine not as something to be collected or critiqued, but as something that can help bring us together, celebrate the diversity in the world, and bring us all joy.
    Alexandra Newman, Wine and Management Diploma 2016-2017
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    I was a member of the first cohort into the new Wine and Management Diploma, and was drawn to Le Cordon Bleu Paris because of its reputation, its location, and the thorough grounding in wine the course provides. I'm now owning my own company, Thomson & Scott, where my wines are selling all over the world and made newspaper headlines all over the UK.
    Amanda Thomson, Wine and Management Diploma 2011-2012
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    I suppose my favorite moments at Le Cordon Bleu institute were the trips we took as a group, driving through the French countryside and stopping at vineyards and estates to meet the people who work in them. It was then that I realized wine is so much more than a tasty beverage. When you drink it you are tasting a place.
    Anna Maria Lowe-Manolis, Wine and Management Diploma 2015-2016
  • Candice Birdsong W&M
    The Rhone Valley is one of my favorite regions and this trip allowed me to see the terroir up close. The meetings with winemakers and tastings has furthered my knowledge about the great wines from the Rhone. The perfect weather and beautiful scenery were also a plus!
    Candice Birdsong, Wine and Management Programme 2015 – 2016
  • Jena Christophe Clément W&M
    The trip to the Rhone Valley was amazing and the organisation outstanding! During three fairly intensive days, we had the opportunity to visit estates and winegrowers in emblematic appellations such as Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. There was a great atmosphere, amazing discoveries and many special moments shared!
    Jean-Christophe Clément, Wine and Management Programme 2015 – 2016
  • Stephane Lecenes testimonial
    I am now doing what I love for a living, which had been my goal for many years. It is very important to me to have a range of quality, original, and sometimes rare, wines and spirits so that I can always try to meet the needs of my customers. The training I received at Le Cordon Bleu institute gave me the opportunity to consolidate my network thanks to the different speakers we met (sommeliers, agents, appellation representatives, etc.). Not forgetting, of course, the visits to French vineyards, the professional fairs that I took part in during the training programme, the numerous tastings undertaken in lessons and the wines selected by Mr. Ramage.
    Stephane Lecenes, Wine and Management Programme
  • Solenn Kergoat alumni
    I thought this trip was a success: all of the vineyards we visited were very interesting and the region is fantastic! It was my favourite trip of the whole year by far!
    Solenn Kergoat, Wine and Management Programme 2015 - 2016
  • Samantha Becker testimonial
    Our class visited a variety of cognac houses from smaller and more "artisan style" houses such as Tesseron to very famous and large ones such as Hennessy. We were able to taste numerous selections of cognacs and we also had food pairings with each. Every host was extremely hospitable and made me feel so welcome and at-ease especially.Getting to see the hands-on approach each distiller takes was also very special. . It was truly an incredible experience to be across the world tasting cognac that is very special to me! This trip was quite luxurious too as the château we stayed in was very classic French and ornate.
    Samantha Becker, Wine and Management Programme 2015 - 2016
  • elsa layen témoignage
    I was very happy when I found out that one of our trips would be to Cognac. I really wanted to see the production methods and all the cellars. It was interesting to learn about the different facets of Cognac, from small wine-growers to large groups. At first glance, the programme seemed to have a lot of visits for just one product, but by visiting lots of different Cognac Houses we were able to understand the differences in quality, style, production and the way in which the different Cognac Houses are run. We always received a very warm welcome in a magnificent setting. I would like to thank Le Cordon Bleu once again for enabling us to have such amazing experiences: we are extremely lucky!
    Elsa Layen, wine and management Programme 2015-2016

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