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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 November 1, 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 Andres Avendano Callinir
    on Oct 1, 2022
    "In my opinion it helped me in my work, where we work only Italian wines, the maps help a lot, easy to use the website from the cell phone and the book is very complete, the only thing missing is to suggest some DOCG producers that you have to taste."
  • Jose Renato Camilotti
    on Sep 29, 2022
    "The IWS is by far the most comprehensive program about Italian wines. The rich material is designed to be logical, presenting key points of history, geography and climate, linked all those elements to grapes and traditions to each region. A truly delightful journey of culture, knowledge and learning about the fantastic world of wine. I highly recommend the IWS program. Congratulations to the WSG team! "
  • Antonio Giustacchini
    on Sep 18, 2022
    "With WSC I discovered and understood dynamics about Italian wine that are hard to find in other programs, depens into the history, geography, traditions of each individual region as a starting point to describe the grape varieties used and the different denominations of origin. Not only can you get to know Italian wine in depth, but discover the whole Italy! "
  • Jason Burns
    on Sep 6, 2022
    "The Italian Wine Scholar program is very clear and easy to understand and learn. I loved being able to study at my own pace with no pressure or deadlines. "
  • Jessica Anne Tan
    on Sep 1, 2022
    "I loved the IWS program (U1 and U2) because it gave a good overview and somewhat in depth look into Italy's many DOC and DOCGs and their grapes. It was a good challenge to conquer the history and appellations of the 20 regions. Now, I feel almost complete (I still need to taste all the native grapes ;)) in my Italian wine studies, or have I only started. After completing the IWS and VIA certifications, I can say my journey into Italy has only begun, proper! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn Italy without being overwhelmed."
  • Stephanie Ketron
    on Aug 20, 2022
    "I highly recommend IWS for anyone who wants/needs to become more versed in the complicated, highly diverse world of Italian Wines."
  • Stephen Dominic Peter Walsh
    on Aug 6, 2022
    "The IWS Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 opened my mind and eyes to parts of Italy I knew nothing about and provided me with in-depth knowledge on the wines from Northern Italy regions. I now read the whole wine menu in Italian restaurants and look for wines I learned about. I have chosen Vermintino and Barbara recently instead of the standard Soave or Chianti and had the pleasure to introduce and explain to my friends.The course is well structured and very well run."
  • KiJung Kim
    on Jul 29, 2022
    "IWS program is absolutely great. Thanks for your service."
  • Alejandro Espinoza
    on Jul 16, 2022
    "I find that I finally understand Italian wines, good explanations, I liked the online quizzes, and very important what you have done with the maps."
  • Felipe 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!"
 

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 Andres Avendano Callinir
    on Oct 1, 2022
    "In my opinion it helped me in my work, where we work only Italian wines, the maps help a lot, easy to use the website from the cell phone and the book is very complete, the only thing missing is to suggest some DOCG producers that you have to taste."
  • Jose Renato Camilotti
    on Sep 29, 2022
    "The IWS is by far the most comprehensive program about Italian wines. The rich material is designed to be logical, presenting key points of history, geography and climate, linked all those elements to grapes and traditions to each region. A truly delightful journey of culture, knowledge and learning about the fantastic world of wine. I highly recommend the IWS program. Congratulations to the WSG team! "
  • Antonio Giustacchini
    on Sep 18, 2022
    "With WSC I discovered and understood dynamics about Italian wine that are hard to find in other programs, depens into the history, geography, traditions of each individual region as a starting point to describe the grape varieties used and the different denominations of origin. Not only can you get to know Italian wine in depth, but discover the whole Italy! "
  • Jason Burns
    on Sep 6, 2022
    "The Italian Wine Scholar program is very clear and easy to understand and learn. I loved being able to study at my own pace with no pressure or deadlines. "
  • Jessica Anne Tan
    on Sep 1, 2022
    "I loved the IWS program (U1 and U2) because it gave a good overview and somewhat in depth look into Italy's many DOC and DOCGs and their grapes. It was a good challenge to conquer the history and appellations of the 20 regions. Now, I feel almost complete (I still need to taste all the native grapes ;)) in my Italian wine studies, or have I only started. After completing the IWS and VIA certifications, I can say my journey into Italy has only begun, proper! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn Italy without being overwhelmed."
  • Stephanie Ketron
    on Aug 20, 2022
    "I highly recommend IWS for anyone who wants/needs to become more versed in the complicated, highly diverse world of Italian Wines."
  • Stephen Dominic Peter Walsh
    on Aug 6, 2022
    "The IWS Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 opened my mind and eyes to parts of Italy I knew nothing about and provided me with in-depth knowledge on the wines from Northern Italy regions. I now read the whole wine menu in Italian restaurants and look for wines I learned about. I have chosen Vermintino and Barbara recently instead of the standard Soave or Chianti and had the pleasure to introduce and explain to my friends.The course is well structured and very well run."
  • KiJung Kim
    on Jul 29, 2022
    "IWS program is absolutely great. Thanks for your service."
  • Alejandro Espinoza
    on Jul 16, 2022
    "I find that I finally understand Italian wines, good explanations, I liked the online quizzes, and very important what you have done with the maps."
  • Felipe 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!"
  

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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