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Italian Wine Scholar™

Italian Wine Scholar™ Study & Certification Program

The Italian Wine Scholar™ program is the industry's most respected certification course on the wines of Italy.

The Italian Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date Italian wine course available. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all italian wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities.

The program provides committed students of wine with an unparalleled set of study tools that are designed to maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

The Italian Wine Scholar study and certification program confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exams (Ex: John Smith, IWS). With a school network encompassing 30 countries on 5 continents, the IWS credential has true international recognition.

The Italian Wine Scholar course is composed of two separate units:

  • Unit 1: The Wines of Northern Italy
  • Unit 2: The Wines of Central & Southern Italy 

ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING

STUDY OPTION 1 | ONLINE LEARNING

The Italian Wine Scholar™ online learning format includes for each unit:

PLUS: 

  • A suggested schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
  • Live review webinars with acclaimed wine educators (*instructor-led format only)
  • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
  • Downloadable maps of all Italian wine regions
  • Pronunciation exercises to boosts your credibility
  • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group hosted by students enrolled in the online program

Pricing for the online study formats:

Independent study format:

On-demand, start anytime

Price: $595 per unit 

UNIT 1 REGISTRATION  UNIT 2 REGISTRATION

10-week instructor-led format:

Unit 1: Next session starts September 8, 2022
Unit 2: Next session starts July 19, 2022

(Note: Unit 1 and Unit 2 can be taken in any order)

Price: $695 per unit

UNIT 1 REGISTRATION  UNIT 2 REGISTRATION

Student Testimonials:

  • Felipe Sampaio De Oliveira
    on Jul 3, 2022
    "IWS is really a comprehensive and in-depth course. The course helped me a lot to deepen my knowledge about Italian wines."
  • Thomas Schaal
    on Jun 30, 2022
    "This is a terrific course for a systematic comprehensive overview of Italian wines, region-by-region. Overall, a terrific learning experience ... as the course materials are top notch (especially the on-line educational portal). "
  • Wai Chun Tang
    on Jun 28, 2022
    "Very comprehensive study materials. "
  • Dain Pascocello
    on Jun 20, 2022
    "The Italian Wine Scholar program provides all you need to master this endlessly fascinating country and its viticulture. I will definitely be recommending it to colleagues and the wine aficionados in my life."
  • Wai Chun Tang
    on Jun 6, 2022
    "The materials are very easy to use and understand."
  • Rebecca Love
    on May 20, 2022
    "Wasatch Academy of Wine always executes and excellent program. Sheral Schowe has complete control of an excellent wine cellar for wines of the program, and has visited, and has a personal relationship, with many of the wineries, producers, winemakers and owners. Dr. Sue Geary, an educator, did an amazing job of presenting and controlling the class. She is extremely organized and generous with her personal and very complete study materials. She made my learning journey a joy!"
  • Raymond Carpentier
    on May 18, 2022
    "Very comprehensive course on Central and Southern Italy and the material on each region is very well structured"
  • Shawn Collins
    on May 13, 2022
    "I’ve done two independent studies online with the wine scholar program. Both have been excellent and have greatly increased my knowledge of each area studied. I highly recommend these programs if you have interest in increasing your wine knowledge."
  • Allison Armer
    on Apr 27, 2022
    "I can highly recommend WSG's Italian Wine Scholar program both Units 1 and 2 to anyone looking for a deep-dive exploration into the world of Italian Wine. It certainly opened my eyes to a world I was previously, mostly unfamiliar with and is I'm sure just the beginning of a lifelong journey."
  • Thomas Martlew
    on Apr 16, 2022
    "With WSG you learn so much more about the history, geography and culture of the wine regions rather than just the wine. It not only had giving me the ability to better understand the wines of Central and Southern Italy, but now the confidence to go explore, purchase the wines to share with friends and family."
  • Bart Crols
    on Apr 15, 2022
    "Extremely interesting overview of N-Italian wines, very comprehensive with as usual for WSG courses: a deep dive into regional history and wine culture. "
  • Maddalena Carbi
    on Apr 14, 2022
    "I couldn't expect more! Great job everyone!"
  • Kyle Armstrong
    on Apr 7, 2022
    "Overall an excellent course that has given me a deep understanding of the wines of Central and Southern Italy and terrific preparation for my WSET Level 4 Diploma"
  • Matthew Simon
    on Apr 5, 2022
    "Everything is presented a clear, concise format that is easy to follow! The printable maps make it very easy to follow along as you read! I also enjoyed the e learning modules! Now I am travelling Italy and I can choose my wines based on the knowledge I have learned! "
  • Jerry Chen Cheng Yi
    on Mar 21, 2022
    "IWS is very professional program focus in Italian wine regions and varieites, it gives people clearer look of how Italian wines that you might knew or you might didn't know at all, an excellent step to wide-open your eyes to Italian wines."
 

STUDY OPTION 2 | CLASSROOM LEARNING

Each unit of the Italian Wine Scholar™ is offered by licensed program providers and delivered by an approved IWS instructor. This study format includes:

  • Classroom instruction with tutored tastings
  • A copy of the IWS study manual
  • Access to the IWS online study modules & quizzes for class prep & review
  • In-classroom exam sit

All IWS program providers teach from the same Wine Scholar Guild-developed presentations and are supplied with uniform teaching materials.

FIND A PROVIDER NEAR YOU

ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

MAKING SPECIALIZATION IN ITALIAN WINE ACHIEVABLE:

While the sheer volume of information necessary to master Italian wine is extraordinary, we have broken down our course material and Italian wine regions into two manageable chunks:

UNIT 1: WINES OF NORTHERN ITALY

• Valle d’Aosta
• Lombardia
• Piemonte
• Trentino
• Alto Adige
• Veneto
• Friuli-Venezia Giulia
• Liguria
• Emilia-Romagna

UNIT 2: WINES OF CENTRAL & SOUTHERN ITALY

• Toscana
• Marche
• Lazio
• Umbria, Abruzzo & Molise
• Campania
• Calabria
• Puglia & Basilicata
• Sicilia
• Sardegna

There will be two separate study manuals and two separate exams. The Italian Wine Scholar™ credential/pin is based on the final composite score (Unit 1&2).

This format makes it much easier to retain information and to pass the exam.

Students register for each Unit separately. We highly recommend that students complete one Unit before moving on to the next. 

Note: Unit 1 & 2 can be taken in any order

ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING 

 

STUDY MATERIALS

#1 ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR STUDY MANUALS: 

The Italian Wine Scholar manuals follow a regional approach with strong tie-ins to terroir.

Each chapter is designed for maximum content retention and utilizes a systematic approach, allowing the student to compare and contrast each of the Italian wine regions.

Manuals are current and discuss the most recent trends. They are printed in full-color, are rich in imagery and peppered with the iconic wine labels of each region.

Every Italian wine DOC/G is discussed (vs. just mentioned) and triaged by need-to-know icons. Emphasis is given to the flavor and structure profiles of DOC/G wines

ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR™ STUDY MANUAL FEATURES:

+A FOUNDATION UNIT:

A Foundation Unit provides an overview which pulls all of Italy and its wines into perspective.

#2 IWS ONLINE STUDY MODULES:

The IWS online study modules offer interactive presentations that are put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum retention of content and ease of use. Each region of Italy are covered and dovetails nicely with the Italian Wine Scholar study manual. Study materials are available 24/7. If you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection, you’ve got a classroom!

ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR™ ONLINE STUDY MODULES FEATURES:

  • Quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
  • Full audio narration to offer new insight and keep you engaged
  • Your place is automatically bookmarked/saved to resume where you left off 
  • A progress bar tracks your accomplishments

#3 PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT

  • Online Independent Study: via the Q&A forum answered by Italian Programs Director Andrea Eby
  • Online Instructor-led Format: via the Q&A forum plus email and live chat with acclaimed wine educators 
  • In Classroom: via a local, certified instructor

ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING

CERTIFICATION EXAM & POST-NOMINAL

SET YOURSELF APART FROM YOUR PEERS. SPECIALIZE IN THE WINES OF ITALY!

Individuals who follow this in-depth Italian wine education program and pass the exam, earn the Italian Wine Scholar post-nominal which may be incorporated into a professional signature (e.g. John Smith, IWS).

The exam for each unit is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions. Candidates need a composite score of 75% to receive the credential, i.e. the scores from both exams are added together and averaged for final assessment.

Students with a composite score of 85-90.5 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.

More information about the exam

 

SUPPORT AND ENDORSEMENT

It was created with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia.

The Italian Trade Commission (ITA) endorsed the program in recognition of its exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor.


Student Testimonials:

  • Felipe Sampaio De Oliveira
    on Jul 3, 2022
    "IWS is really a comprehensive and in-depth course. The course helped me a lot to deepen my knowledge about Italian wines."
  • Thomas Schaal
    on Jun 30, 2022
    "This is a terrific course for a systematic comprehensive overview of Italian wines, region-by-region. Overall, a terrific learning experience ... as the course materials are top notch (especially the on-line educational portal). "
  • Wai Chun Tang
    on Jun 28, 2022
    "Very comprehensive study materials. "
  • Dain Pascocello
    on Jun 20, 2022
    "The Italian Wine Scholar program provides all you need to master this endlessly fascinating country and its viticulture. I will definitely be recommending it to colleagues and the wine aficionados in my life."
  • Wai Chun Tang
    on Jun 6, 2022
    "The materials are very easy to use and understand."
  • Rebecca Love
    on May 20, 2022
    "Wasatch Academy of Wine always executes and excellent program. Sheral Schowe has complete control of an excellent wine cellar for wines of the program, and has visited, and has a personal relationship, with many of the wineries, producers, winemakers and owners. Dr. Sue Geary, an educator, did an amazing job of presenting and controlling the class. She is extremely organized and generous with her personal and very complete study materials. She made my learning journey a joy!"
  • Raymond Carpentier
    on May 18, 2022
    "Very comprehensive course on Central and Southern Italy and the material on each region is very well structured"
  • Shawn Collins
    on May 13, 2022
    "I’ve done two independent studies online with the wine scholar program. Both have been excellent and have greatly increased my knowledge of each area studied. I highly recommend these programs if you have interest in increasing your wine knowledge."
  • Allison Armer
    on Apr 27, 2022
    "I can highly recommend WSG's Italian Wine Scholar program both Units 1 and 2 to anyone looking for a deep-dive exploration into the world of Italian Wine. It certainly opened my eyes to a world I was previously, mostly unfamiliar with and is I'm sure just the beginning of a lifelong journey."
  • Thomas Martlew
    on Apr 16, 2022
    "With WSG you learn so much more about the history, geography and culture of the wine regions rather than just the wine. It not only had giving me the ability to better understand the wines of Central and Southern Italy, but now the confidence to go explore, purchase the wines to share with friends and family."
  • Bart Crols
    on Apr 15, 2022
    "Extremely interesting overview of N-Italian wines, very comprehensive with as usual for WSG courses: a deep dive into regional history and wine culture. "
  • Maddalena Carbi
    on Apr 14, 2022
    "I couldn't expect more! Great job everyone!"
  • Kyle Armstrong
    on Apr 7, 2022
    "Overall an excellent course that has given me a deep understanding of the wines of Central and Southern Italy and terrific preparation for my WSET Level 4 Diploma"
  • Matthew Simon
    on Apr 5, 2022
    "Everything is presented a clear, concise format that is easy to follow! The printable maps make it very easy to follow along as you read! I also enjoyed the e learning modules! Now I am travelling Italy and I can choose my wines based on the knowledge I have learned! "
  • Jerry Chen Cheng Yi
    on Mar 21, 2022
    "IWS is very professional program focus in Italian wine regions and varieites, it gives people clearer look of how Italian wines that you might knew or you might didn't know at all, an excellent step to wide-open your eyes to Italian wines."
  

Italian Wine Scholar - Endorsements

  • "We are delighted to support this educational program dedicated to the Wines of Italy"
    Italian Trade Commission
  • "I nostri complimenti per il Vostro lavoro: eccellente"/“Our compliments for your work: excellent"
    Consorzio Vini del Trentino
  • The manual is really well-made, the information on the territory very detailed and accurately researched."
    Consorzio Vini Alto Adige - Südtirol
  • The clear and precise teaching methodology demonstrated by the Italian Wine Scholar manual is very important to convey a full understanding of the history of our land and its characteristics. The manual is very well done… perfect for all those who want to deepen their knowledge about the wines of Italy. Silvano Brescianini – Presidente del Consorzio Franciacorta
    Consorzio Franciacorta
  • Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato

Disclaimer: WSG offers wine study courses that are targeted to both beginners and those more experienced in the wine industry. While WSG has received many accolades, awards, and testimonials, WSG is not an accredited institution or school. WSG does not guarantee or warrant that any employer or school will recognize WSG wine study courses. While WSG knows that it is a well-recognized institution within the multi-national wine community, it cannot guarantee anyone success in their profession or vocation.



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