French & wine introductory course

Aims / Programme
Schedule / prices

Fan of wine? Whether you are a fine connoisseur or simply a wine lover, come and enter the fascinating world of wine-making and wine-tasting with our week French and Wine combined course.

During this course, you will discover the complexity involved in making Bordeaux wines and become familiar with the major Bordeaux wine-growing areas.

French lessons - 20 lessons per week (15 hours)

Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 12.45 pm

  • Development of all 4 main language skills (speaking, reading, writing and listening) and focus on oral communication

  • Qualified, experienced, native teachers

  • International classes of 8 to 12 students maximum

  • Levels: elementary to advanced. Students are placed in classes according to the results of an initial level test

oenology and French courses in Bordeaux

Wine sessions: 2 wine workshops + 3 excursions to visit Castles in the wine country

Discover the many aspects of the Bordeaux wine world:

  • History, trade and development, soils and specificities of each wine (red and white)

  • The extreme originality of the production of Bordeaux wines, which is called « assemblage » (blending): become a winemaker for a day and make your own wine

  • The secrets of wine making: how raisin turns into wine

  • The « Art of Wine Tasting »: 3 steps to read the label on a wine bottle

4 sessions referred to a public of novices in oenology available over the year. Workshops provided in French, A2 level required

Accomodation and activities

A dedicated accommodation service (host families, residences, hotels…).

A comprehensive activity programme to discover Bordeaux.

French & Wine

Useful Information

A2 level minimum

12 maximum for the French lessons

Minimum age :
18 years old

wine lessons and French courses in Bordeaux

Monday:  2pm – 5pm

Discover and understand the wine industry in Bordeaux

Appellations around Bordeaux
You will discover the wine industry of Bordeaux.

Get to know the different appellations you can find around Bordeaux and their wines.

Awaken your senses.

Learn how to read a label on a bottle of wine

Wine tasting in 3 steps: The colour, the smell and the taste of the wine.

Tuesday: 2pm – 5pm

Wine making and blending

Discover the process of wine making in a wine cellar: how do we make white wine, red wine or rosé?

Wine blending: the art of making a wine from different vintages.

The objective is to match perfectly the aromas, the textures and the colours.

Make your own wine! Become the head of the wine cellar for a day and create the blending of your choice using the 4 main vintages of Bordeaux wines.

Tasting session and application of the knowledge learned during the first 2 days.

Wednesday: 2pm – 5pm

Visit of a Castle (more info on arrival)

Pauillac region is located north of Bordeaux along the Gironde estuary. Capital city of the Médoc region, it has 18 classified “grands crus” since 1855, among those, 3 are Premium Classified Grands Crus: Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton-Rothschild.

Visit of a Castle and wine tasting.

Thursday: 2pm – 6.30pm

Visit of the BUSQUET Castle

Our oenologist will give you a private tour of the family owned castle of Busquet. A great opportunity to go behind the scenes, learn the story of the Robin family and discover the every day life of a vineyard of the Bordeaux region.
At the end of this guided visit you will walk around Saint-Emilion where you will be able to admire the bell tower at the top of this UNESCO World Heritage medieval village.

Friday: 2.30pm – 6pm

Visit of a Castle (more info on arrival)

The vineyards of Pessac Léognan are located south of Bordeaux.
Haut Brion Castle is the only Premium Classified Grand Cru of 1855 that is not made in the Médoc region. It is now the leader of the 68 Castles and domains.

Visit of a Castle and wine tasting.

*The course timetable and schedule are given as an indication and can be modified if necessary.


French & Wine Introductory course

French lessons

20 general French lessons

Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.45pm


Level : A2 level minimum


4 sessions referred to a public of beginners in oenology available over the year:

Dates: From 20th to 24th July – From 3rd to 7th August – From 7th to 11th September – From 5th to 9th October – From 16th to 20th November 2015

20 French lessons + 2 wine workshops + 3 excursions to visit Castles in the wine country

Price for one week

805 €

+ Registration fee (valid for 1 year in all France Langue schools): 80 €


4 sessions referred to a public of beginners in oenology available over the year:

April-May-June : From 11/04 to 15/04/2016, from 23/05 to 27/05/2016 and from 13/06 to 17/06/2016
July-August-September : From 04/07 to 08/07/2016, from 01/08 to 05/08/2016 and from 05/09 to 09/09/2016
October-November-December : From 03/10 to 07/10/2016

20 lessons + 5 wine sessions of 3h / week.

Price for one week

810 €

+ Registration fee (valid for 1 year in all France Langue schools): 80 €