Bringing together French and foreign academics and professionals, specialists in wine-growing legal issues and the spirits industry, the Master’s Degree in Wine & Spirits Law – 2nd Year, intends to offer high-level professional specialization while encouraging research in wine-growing law and spirits, but also in neighboring fields, such as food law or consumer law. In this sense, various educational activities are integrated into the course, including visits to sites of vitivinicultural interest and to national and international institutions and jurisdictions involved in the field of wine and spirits. In addition to the aspects of domestic law, the study program emphasizes the European, international and comparative aspects of wine and spirits law, and in this sense students and professionals either foreign or wishing to work abroad are directly concerned.


  • Offer high-level training with a professional vocation while encouraging research in wine law / spirits law / food law / consumer law.
  • Understand the challenges of wine and spirits issues through a legal but also multidisciplinary approach.
  • Promote the cultural richness of the Champagne wine terroir.
  • Create synergies with local actors in the perspective of economic, social and tourist development in Marne and Champagne.
  • Publicize the specificities of French wine law, the concept of “terroir” and the European legal system in the field.
  • Facilitate contacts and dialogue between students and the professional world of the wine sector.
  • Coordinate and support research activities in this area, with particular attention to Champagne wine and its region.
  • Establish lasting partnerships with local actors, the EU, international organizations as well as with foreign universities.

The Master in Wine and Spirits Law allowed me to access a full panel of knowledge in wine law. The theoretical training is accompanied by numerous and enriching meetings with professionals in the sector.

The Master in Wine and Spirits Law allowed me to access a full panel of knowledge in wine law. The theoretical training is accompanied by numerous and enriching meetings with professionals in the sector.



Program structure: course (accompanied by text analyzes, judgments, etc.), lectures given by professionals, 2-month internship (minimum) accompanied by a report, research dissertation.

The lessons are grouped into 7 units which correspond to 4 general orientations relating to vitivinicultural questions and spirits:

  • Common knowledge
  • Public law
  • Private law, including commercial law
  • European, international and comparative law

Teaching is provided by teacher-researchers from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (lawyers in particular, but also economists, geographers, historians, etc.) or other French and foreign universities.

At the same time, the cycle of specialized lectures is provided by professionals with notable experience in the wine sector and the wine industry, offering students a unique testimony from the “field”.

Validation of the diploma:
Written and oral exams, internship report, defense of research dissertation.

An exciting program that is very useful to me in my work today, particularly in rural law but also pure wine law with the issue of planting rights, the regulation of appellations of origin or the marketing of wine . The internship and the dissertation allowed me to have a concrete overview of the world of work in the field to which I turned.


Possible outlets:

  • Lawyer or notary specializing in wine law, spirits law or even in the food industry.
  • Company lawyer in the wine and alcoholic beverages sector (production, cooperative wineries, trading, packaging, transport, distribution, promotion, sale, electronic commerce).
  • Lawyer of public bodies (state bodies, local authorities, chambers of commerce, customs and fraud prevention, tax administration) or socio-professional (unions, inter-professions) related to the wine sector and alcoholic beverages.
  • Director in national, European and international public institutions, active in the fields of wine, spirits and / or food industry.
  • Executive / Consultant in companies in the alcoholic beverages and food industry and neighboring sectors (transport, banking, insurance, marketing, strategy, mass distribution, specialized press, etc.)
  • Entrepreneur in the wine and spirits sector.
  • Researcher in wine law, spirits law, food law or consumer law.