The Art of Perfume and Wine Course Program : April 2018

I’m going to teach a new perfumery course in France, April 18-22, 2018 (booking details via The Art of Perfume website.)

Who is this class for? Anyone interested in perfumery. Because we are trying to keep the class small, it offers lots of individual attention and guidance.  If you want to learn about perfume in a thorough manner, acquiring professional vocabulary and techniques, this is also the right class for you. Since it will take place in Burgundy, a region renowned for its wine, we will study how flavors and fragrances interact. In other words, if you want to deepen your appreciation of wine and aromas, this is the class for you.

Will we smell vintage perfumes? Yes, and more in my previous classes. I have several vintage gems to share that I haven’t had a chance to show before.

How does this class differ from the other Art of Perfume classes? The emphasis of this class is to help you build your own scent vocabulary and to help you understand the relationship between scents and flavors. It’s also going to be individually tailored to make sure that all participants leave with the type of practical knowledge that’s most important for them.

Will we have free time to explore Burgundy? Yes, breaks and excursions are scheduled into the program. Since the coursework is intense, we will make sure that you have time to absorb it–and to discover one of the most beautiful regions of France. There is also the option of a longer trip, with an arrival date of April 15 and extra activities.

The course will be held in Château Le Sallay in Magny-Cours. It’s a Renaissance-era building, once the residence of the Counts of Nevers, that’s been restored as a 4 star hotel surrounded by a large park. It’s easily reached from Paris and can be combined with a trip to the Loire Valley.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

April 18: Arrival

April 19: What Makes for a Beautiful Perfume

  • Victoria Frolova’s workshop

Participants will master the language of fragrance as they draw on their personal experiences. They will also perform exercises to sharpen their sense of smell.

Together with the lecturer they learn the evolution of perfume history by studying some of the most iconic examples of the perfumery art in their original formulations.

  • Guided tour of the region

April 20: Perfume and Wine

  • Victoria Frolova’s workshop

Participants will explore scents found in wine and in perfume. They will learn about raw materials, notes, accords and examples of fragrances in which they’re used. They will learn about ways to enhance the enjoyment of aromas and flavors in food and drink.

  • Guided tour of the region and visits to wineries

The participants will have a chance to apply their knowledge to wine tasting.

April 21: A Fragrance Map

  • Victoria Frolova’s workshop

Selecting the right fragrance is often one of the most complicated aspects of enjoying perfume. To help participants hone their skills at smelling and recognizing interesting fragrances, they will learn about some of the key materials used in perfumery as well as the basics of fragrance composition.

They will also explore classical and contemporary niche fragrances, and with Victoria’s help, build their own fragrance map. The session will be concluded with smelling exercises tailored for every participant so that they can practice at home to keep their sense of smell sharp.

  • Farewell dinner

April 22: Departure

How to Book The Course: please go to The Art of Perfume website.

Image by Anna Kozlova via Senses & Vacation



  • Monica: This sounds like such a fun and educational event. January 17, 2018 at 8:33am Reply

    • Victoria: I’ll do my best to make sure that it’s indeed so. 🙂 January 17, 2018 at 10:46am Reply

  • rickyrebarco: I would so love to do this, but this is not the year. My son is getting married in April and he’s having a destination wedding so there goes the $. Maybe I can go to one of your future wonderful seminars! January 17, 2018 at 9:55am Reply

    • Victoria: I can completely understand. I hope we will have another chance to meet. January 17, 2018 at 10:47am Reply

  • Ann: This sounds lovely. I would absolutely love to take one of your courses in the future Victoria. I will stay posted to your site.

    I will be in Paris April 3-9, if you know of any interesting happenings there please let me know! January 17, 2018 at 11:21am Reply

  • Filomena: If only I were able to attend. January 17, 2018 at 11:50am Reply

  • Neva: This sounds like a dream – a combination of perfume and wine with Victoria in Burgundy…one day I’ll have to bite the bullet and just go for it! January 17, 2018 at 2:46pm Reply

    • Victoria: I hope to meet you. January 18, 2018 at 10:53am Reply

  • PEMA: If I succeed in arranging my schedule, I’ll be there! Flying from South Korea. January 17, 2018 at 8:53pm Reply

    • Victoria: I hope that it works out, then! January 18, 2018 at 10:56am Reply

  • monsieur: I want to be there. Dreamy! January 18, 2018 at 1:51am Reply

  • Richard Goller: Sounds wonderful, Victoria. Not able to make this one, but would love to attend one in the future. R January 18, 2018 at 10:56am Reply

    • Victoria: I hope so too, Richard! January 22, 2018 at 1:59pm Reply

  • Eva Syndram: Dear Victoria, as a huge fan of yours and the editor of Austrias High End Beauty Special Interest B:B Magazine, hautnah, I’d love to inform our readers about your Perfume and Wine Course Program. Would you be so kind to provide me with further informations and a high-res picture of yourself? This would be just great. All and only the very best Eva January 22, 2018 at 8:21am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Eva. I sent you a note. January 22, 2018 at 2:22pm Reply

  • Meg Jamieson: As a participant of last years course, let me speak up for how much knowledge, pleasure, discovery and camaraderie one short week can contain. I made several friends that I am still in touch with, and there really is no description that could tell you what the whole experience will be. Yes, perfume, yes, absolutely! But also all the reasons it is loved: the history and beauty and the chance to see how much has changed in the industry and what is emerging. And remember when you first met “your people”? maybe band camp or over a book you love or a sport you do or political activity? These are also going to be your people…absolutely. Highly recommended, because each individual designing this experience for you is full of love and passion and knowledge for the region and the material. January 22, 2018 at 1:47pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Meg! Meeting all of you passionate people, who really wanted to learn, who were curious to try everything, who were happy to share their own thoughts and impressions, is such a highlight of these courses. January 22, 2018 at 2:31pm Reply

    • Eva Syndram: Dear Meg, thank you so much for your words. Would you please allow me to quote you as “resumée of a participant”? Eva January 23, 2018 at 9:34am Reply

      • Meg Jamieson: Certainly, Eva. You are welcome to use Meg as my name if you need. January 23, 2018 at 4:17pm Reply

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