Study Abroad - Wine, Gastronomy & Tourism of the Mediterranean Traveling Seminar

France • Spain

December 28, 2017 - January 14, 2018



IAU’s January Term Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France and Spain. This seminar examines the individuality and expression of the Mediterranean region’s rich culinary heritage. Topics include studies of the international influence of French and Spanish wine markets, globalization of wine, pairing of wine and food, and the ins-and-outs of the tourism industry. Students have the opportunity to taste French and Spanish wines and speak directly with winemakers, master chefs, and tourism agencies. Students visit various cultural sites in France and Spain as well as attend special lectures on winemaking and food pairing by IAU experts, master chefs, and sommeliers.

Students can select from the following courses:

  • Business 302: Wine Marketing and Analysis
  • Business 306: The Global Wine Industry
  • Economics 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
  • Geography 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
  • Hospitality Management 307: Wine and Food Pairing
  • Wine Studies 302: Wine Marketing and Analysis
  • Wine Studies 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
  • Wine Studies 306: The Global Wine Industry
  • Wine Studies: 307: Wine and Food Pairing

Sites visited include:

  • France: Aix-en-Provence, Coteaux d’Aix, Cassis
  • Spain: Barcelona, Penedes, Costa Brava


Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide a college level introduction to wine studies that will be stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable. Special emphasis will be placed on branding, production, marketing, and selling of wine. We will also visit local vineyards in order to greater understand the business of wine.  Students will have the opportunity to speak directly with winemakers, vineyards, wine associations, retailers and restaurateurs to fully experience the vast diversity of the wines of France. Through guided visits assessments of their knowledge of wines and tastings, students will gain an understanding of the French concept and marketability of “Terroir” in regions, varieties and styles. The program will wrap up with group projects to present the wines the students have come to learn.

View the 2018 itinerary here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

About the Professor

Amy Mumma has worked and taught in the international wine industry for more than fifteen years. The Director of the Institute of Wine, Beverages and Gastronomy, and Founder of the Central Washington University Wine Program, Amy was awarded the Professional Wine Woman 2005 and 2006 title in Paris at the International Wine Women Awards and continues to serve as a judge for the International Wine Woman Awards.

Amy has a Masters of Business Administration in Wine Industry from the University of Bordeaux Business School, a Diploma of Tasting and Wine Studies from the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, and the Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London. Her undergraduate degrees include French Language and International Affairs. She had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in France and participate in a homestay with a French family.

Amy has been commended in the US Congressional Record by Honorable Doc Hastings for service to the wine industry and was named Western Innovator by the Capital Press. An international wine judge and presenter, she has published numerous articles for the wine industry and written five books on wine ranging from viticulture and enology, wine regions, marketing, sensory analysis and wine faults. Her goal is to help students combine passion and profession in the wine industry.

Program Fees

January 2018: $5,375

All program fees include tuition for 3 credits, lodging, medical insurance, entrance fees to guest lecture venues, transportation to and from each city, breakfast daily and some dinners.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence consecutively will receive a $500 grant. Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.

Students participating in the Wine, Gastronomy & Tourism of the Mediterranean Traveling Seminar who also attend IAU for the Spring semester in Aix-en-Provence are encouraged to participate in the Early Start Program the week of January 13-20, 2018. Students who attend both the J-Term and Spring semester can attend the Early Start Program for a reduced fee. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French language instruction and participate in local cultural activities!