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 306: The Global Wine Industry
  • Geography 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
  • Hospitality Management 307: Wine and Food Pairing
  • Marketing 302: Wine Marketing and Analysis
  • Marketing 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
  • 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, Rhône Valley, Bandol, Marseille, Sauze 
  • 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 Professors

Amy Mumma

Amy Mumma has directed the IAU Global Wine Studies program since 2013, a program that focuses on the international business of wine. As a professor, she teaches courses in economics, marketing, and branding, and directs the social media team. She has worked and taught in the international wine industry for more than fifteen years in education, import/export, marketing, wines as an alternative investment, and consulting.

Amy served for over a decade as the Director of the Institute of Wine, Beverages, and Gastronomy, and founded the Central Washington University Wine Program, a four-year accredited Bachelor of Science in International Business. In France, Amy won the Professional Wine Woman award in Paris in 2005 and 2006 and continues to serve as a judge for the International Wine Woman Awards and judges wine competitions around the world. In the U.S. Amy has been commended in the US Congressional Record by Honorable Doc Hastings for her service to the wine industry and was named a Western Innovator by the Capital Press. Amy has a Master’s 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 from the University of Puget Sound include Language, International Affairs, and Biochemistry. 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.

Margaux Hofstedt

Margaux Hofstedt has been a professor of French and cross-cultural communication at IAU since 2003.  Since 2007 she has also been the IAU Student Life Coordinator.  Among her specialties is the role of food and aroma in culture and identity.  Prior to IAU she taught cross-cultural communications at Aix-Marseille University, and the Institute for Political Studies - Aix.  She was a consultant in aroma analysis at the European University of Scents and Flavors (Université Européenne des Senteurs et Saveurs) and a founder/professor at the Alexandra School of Languages and Intercultural Communication.  She has a Certificate in French as a Foreign Language from La Sorbonne (1984) and a Master’s of Science in Industrial Food and Aroma from ISIPCA Versailles (1982).  She is bicultural and fluent in French and English.

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!