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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.

    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.

    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 COURSE STRUCTURE 

    IWS STUDY MATERIALS FAQ  

    STUDY OPTION 1 | ONLINE LEARNING

    Earn the Italian Wine Scholar™ (IWS) post-nominal via the online, independent study format or enroll in the 15-week, instructor-led online format including live review webinars.

    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

    15-week instructor-led format:

    Unit 1: Next session starts Fall 2020 
    Unit 2: Next session starts Fall 2020

    Price: $695 per unit

    UNIT 1 REGISTRATION  UNIT 2 REGISTRATION

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

    Student Testimonials:

    • Jul 13, 2020
      Mark Luna
      "I'm a very big fan of WSG and I was very satisfied with all aspects of the Italian Wine Scholar program. The materials were extremely well presented, certainly very challenging, but very easy to follow. Having a WSET background, I was very impressed with details of each chapter, and the equal focus on both viticulture and vinification processes...plus the history portions of each chapter were outstanding. I plan to continue my education with the Wine Scholar Guild! "
    • Jul 9, 2020
      Julianne
      "The Italian Wine Scholar is an in-depth and comprehensive view of the various regions and wines. Alan Tardi is an excellent instructor and was always willing to share his insight and answer questions. I look forward to more programs about Italy. "
    • Jul 7, 2020
      Janice Stuber
      "I found the study materials exceptional and attribute the fact that I made use of them on a regular basis to my passing this course , thank you."
    • Jul 6, 2020
      William Walsh
      "Great Course and great material"
    • Jul 2, 2020
      Terrace Chum
      "The overall online program is user-friendly. Both the reading materials and the teaching sessions are clear and not difficult to comprehend. The practice questions, flash cards, and other auxiliary optional information are very helpful."
    • Jun 29, 2020
      Alessandra Ferreira
      "All material is very good i think miss a general quiz with 100 questions"
    • Jun 24, 2020
      Cristina Cotton
      "An excellent course for developing and deepening an understanding of the complex and fascinating wine landscape of one world's birthplaces of viticulture. This course is a fun and useful way to cover Italy's regional diversity and plethora native grapes - it certainly has made my tasting and wine cabinet more unique! "
    • Jun 19, 2020
      Morgan Voss
      "Great program! I feel I have a much better understanding of Italian wine after completing this course. The online study materials that are provided are high-quality, easy-to-use, and set you up for success! "
    • Jun 19, 2020
      Min Jeong Kim
      "Thank you so much"
    • Jun 10, 2020
      Kim Yanan Lee
      "Very comprehensive program and useful supplementary materials for students like me who studies abroad and from home. The instructors and administrative staff are very fast-responsive and helpful. "
    • Jun 7, 2020
      Paulette Cotton
      "I found the IWS program to be a very in depth logical approach to the study of Italian wine with abundant study materials and resources that provide learners the means to absorb and retain the information being presented. The instructor led course was both informative and engaging. The entire staff was very responsive and conscientious. I look forward to future wine education classes with WSG. "
    • Jun 4, 2020
      Mahesh Tirupattur
      "Excellent program. I found the exam to be a bit of a memorization as opposed to a visual analysis. Perhaps a couple of essays as opposed to just multiple choice and also include tasting like WSET. Maybe I am biased to Wset as that is what I took first"
    • May 29, 2020
      Robert Miller
      "The Italian Wine Scholar program is a thorough, comprehensive, and ultimately rewarding deep-dive into the land of Italy and its multitude of grape varieties, wines, and wine producing regions. The online learning platform is unparalleled in wine education giving, allowing you to immerse yourself in each region without leaving home. Highly recommended for anyone wishing to develop a deeper understanding of the myriad of complexities this wine producing mecca provides."
    • May 21, 2020
      Missa Capozzo
      "I truly love the WSG courses. The only thing I might change is offering immediate exam results like the Society of Wine Educators does with the CSW. I took my exam 4 days ago and am still awaiting my results via email, and since I took it digitally online, I know the results were scored immediately. "
    • May 14, 2020
      Rita Alejandra Sevilla Macip
      "I think it is a very good program, sometimes the information can be very overwhelming. And at times I felt unsure if I was studying correctly, I think more quizzes and more learning dinamics in the platform would be great. "
     

    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.

    Naturally, each instructor has a unique teaching style, the wine selection will vary by market, the class length and class structure (weekly, biweekly, weekends etc.) will vary from location to location, but the content will be the same no matter where you take the class. For many, the classroom experience helps to hammer home the theory; a tutored tasting component brings each region to life. Many students find the set “schedule” helpful in keeping on top of their studies.

    FIND A PROVIDER NEAR YOU

    ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING COURSE STRUCTURE 

    IWS STUDY MATERIALS FAQ  

     

    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

    FAQ: Why is advanced Italian Wine Study so complex?

    ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING COURSE STRUCTURE 

    IWS STUDY MATERIALS FAQ  

     

    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

    FAQ: What information is covered in the program/study manuals?

    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 Wine Programs Coordinator 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 COURSE STRUCTURE 

    IWS STUDY MATERIALS FAQ  

     

    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


    Student Testimonials:

    • Jul 13, 2020
      Mark Luna
      "I'm a very big fan of WSG and I was very satisfied with all aspects of the Italian Wine Scholar program. The materials were extremely well presented, certainly very challenging, but very easy to follow. Having a WSET background, I was very impressed with details of each chapter, and the equal focus on both viticulture and vinification processes...plus the history portions of each chapter were outstanding. I plan to continue my education with the Wine Scholar Guild! "
    • Jul 9, 2020
      Julianne
      "The Italian Wine Scholar is an in-depth and comprehensive view of the various regions and wines. Alan Tardi is an excellent instructor and was always willing to share his insight and answer questions. I look forward to more programs about Italy. "
    • Jul 7, 2020
      Janice Stuber
      "I found the study materials exceptional and attribute the fact that I made use of them on a regular basis to my passing this course , thank you."
    • Jul 6, 2020
      William Walsh
      "Great Course and great material"
    • Jul 2, 2020
      Terrace Chum
      "The overall online program is user-friendly. Both the reading materials and the teaching sessions are clear and not difficult to comprehend. The practice questions, flash cards, and other auxiliary optional information are very helpful."
    • Jun 29, 2020
      Alessandra Ferreira
      "All material is very good i think miss a general quiz with 100 questions"
    • Jun 24, 2020
      Cristina Cotton
      "An excellent course for developing and deepening an understanding of the complex and fascinating wine landscape of one world's birthplaces of viticulture. This course is a fun and useful way to cover Italy's regional diversity and plethora native grapes - it certainly has made my tasting and wine cabinet more unique! "
    • Jun 19, 2020
      Morgan Voss
      "Great program! I feel I have a much better understanding of Italian wine after completing this course. The online study materials that are provided are high-quality, easy-to-use, and set you up for success! "
    • Jun 19, 2020
      Min Jeong Kim
      "Thank you so much"
    • Jun 10, 2020
      Kim Yanan Lee
      "Very comprehensive program and useful supplementary materials for students like me who studies abroad and from home. The instructors and administrative staff are very fast-responsive and helpful. "
    • Jun 7, 2020
      Paulette Cotton
      "I found the IWS program to be a very in depth logical approach to the study of Italian wine with abundant study materials and resources that provide learners the means to absorb and retain the information being presented. The instructor led course was both informative and engaging. The entire staff was very responsive and conscientious. I look forward to future wine education classes with WSG. "
    • Jun 4, 2020
      Mahesh Tirupattur
      "Excellent program. I found the exam to be a bit of a memorization as opposed to a visual analysis. Perhaps a couple of essays as opposed to just multiple choice and also include tasting like WSET. Maybe I am biased to Wset as that is what I took first"
    • May 29, 2020
      Robert Miller
      "The Italian Wine Scholar program is a thorough, comprehensive, and ultimately rewarding deep-dive into the land of Italy and its multitude of grape varieties, wines, and wine producing regions. The online learning platform is unparalleled in wine education giving, allowing you to immerse yourself in each region without leaving home. Highly recommended for anyone wishing to develop a deeper understanding of the myriad of complexities this wine producing mecca provides."
    • May 21, 2020
      Missa Capozzo
      "I truly love the WSG courses. The only thing I might change is offering immediate exam results like the Society of Wine Educators does with the CSW. I took my exam 4 days ago and am still awaiting my results via email, and since I took it digitally online, I know the results were scored immediately. "
    • May 14, 2020
      Rita Alejandra Sevilla Macip
      "I think it is a very good program, sometimes the information can be very overwhelming. And at times I felt unsure if I was studying correctly, I think more quizzes and more learning dinamics in the platform would be great. "
     

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Why study Italian wine with us?

    • The IWS study manual has already received many words of praise by wine professionals including Nicolas Belfrage MW, Ciro Pirone, Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Craig Locascio, Paul Wagner, Peter Marks MW.
    • Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) study programs have been taught internationally to over 10,000 of students of wine!
    • WSG student evaluations have been very positive; students love learning with our innovative and multi-faceted educational tools.

    How does this program complement other, more general wine study program?

    The Italian Wine Scholar program is a great resource and supplement for students of wine moving toward advanced general wine study programs such as WSET Diploma (level 4), Master of Wine, Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier (level 3 and up) or Society of Wine Educator’s Certified Wine Educator (CWE).

    Many of these programs ask their students to do extensive independent research in order to study for their exam. To this end, the Italian Wine Scholar program serves as an advanced and comprehensive study supplement to help them master the complex wines of Italy.

    Are there any pre-requisites to enter this program?

    While not a pre-requisite, we recommend that students have successfully completed, at a minimum, one of the following programs before enrolling in the Italian Wine Scholar program: WSET level 2, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) or Court of Master Sommelier’s Introductory Sommelier Certificate (Level 1).

    Why is advanced Italian Wine Study so complex?

    Although an Old World country, Italy is younger than the United States. Unification of the Italian peninsula occurred in 1861. In the centuries prior to Italian unification, Italy was divided into a plethora of small kingdoms and city-states. Each of these political entities shaped the history, people and culture of their region; for this reason, studying Italy is akin to studying the wine production of 20 different countries--each one with its own grapes, wines, food and traditions.

    What information is covered in the course/study manuals?

    The manuals structure the study of each of Italy’s 20 distinct wine regions in the following manner:

    • History, culture and traditions
    • Location and climate with their effects on viticulture and wines
    • Topography, geography and soils
    • Grape varieties and their organoleptic profiles
    • Viticulture and winemaking
    • Wine industry trends and economics
    • All DOCs and DOCGs with their regulations, wine styles and specificities

    Why invest in certification?

    The era of self-professed wine experts is long over. Professionals need credentials.
    Certification is resume-building, validates competency and serves as a point of distinction midst trade and peers alike.

    Questions about the exam?

    More information about the exam

     

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    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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