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The Italian Wine Scholar™ curriculum as a distance-learning experience offers an interactive program that is put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum content retention and ease of use.

The online learning format includes, for each unit: 

  • A comprehensive study manual
  • Online study modules 
  • Live review webinars with acclaimed wine educators Nancy Reynolds, DIPWSET, FWS and Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS, CSW*
  • The Italian Wine Scholar™ online exam
  • A suggested schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
  • 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

*Instructor-led format only

Pricing for the online study formats:

Independent study format

Price: $595 per unit 


14-week instructor-led format 

Price: $690 per unit
Unit 1 starting February 27th 2018
Unit 2 starting Fall 2018 (registration opening soon) 





Each 280+ page, full-color study manual provides all the information from which the test questions are derived.

You do not need to research your own study materials; everything you need to know is in the manuals.


To complement the manuals, there are multimedia E-learning modules for each region with full audio narration as well as…

  • Review quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
  • An instructor Q&A forum for personal assistance
  • Student forum for community interaction
  • Downloadable maps

Students can track their progress. Online quizzes are scored immediately, giving students instant feedback on their level of proficiency. Need to retake a quiz? The questions are automatically shuffled to keep things fresh.

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When students are ready to sit the exam, they simply contact us to schedule an online exam sit.

Candidates will need a computer with internet access, microphone and webcam.

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Distance-learning eliminates both travel and parking issues as well as the costs associated with them. Study at your convenience whenever and wherever you want; at home, at the office or while on the go.

Study materials are available 24/7. If you have a laptop and an internet connection, you have a classroom! Registration is for one full year with an option to extend (for a nominal fee).


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Italian Wine Scholar - Endorsements

  • Italian Trade Commission

    Italian Trade Commission

    "We are delighted to support this educational program dedicated to the Wines of Italy"
  • Consorzio Vini del Trentino

    Consorzio Vini del Trentino

    "I nostri complimenti per il Vostro lavoro: eccellente"/“Our compliments for your work: excellent"
  • Consorzio Vini Alto Adige - Südtirol

    Consorzio Vini Alto Adige - Südtirol

    The manual is really well-made, the information on the territory very detailed and accurately researched."
  • Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato

    Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato

Industry Testimonials

  • Ciro Pirone

    Ciro Pirone

    "I have devoured the Italian Wine Scholar manual and found it incredibly well written"
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  • Peter Marks MW

    Peter Marks MW

    "Committed students of wine will love the Italian Wine Scholar manual..."
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  • Jeannie Cho Lee MW

    Jeannie Cho Lee MW

    "I am very impressed with the first edition of the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 study manual."
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  • Nicolas Belfrage MW

    Nicolas Belfrage MW

    "I am impressed by the thoroughness of research that has gone into the Italian Wine Scholar study manual"
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  • Nicholas Poletto

    Nicholas Poletto

    "I was very excited to read your first foray into Italy…it did not disappoint!"
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  • Craig Locascio

    Craig Locascio

    "The information is comprehensive, the writing is engaging and the format is easy to follow. Congratulations!"
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  • Martin Sinkoff

    Martin Sinkoff

    "An immediate must for the trade at all levels and for any interested consumer.  Bravo!"
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  • Pam Kindel Connors

    Pam Kindel Connors

    "In one word, the first edition of Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 study manual is “Exceptional”!"
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  • Paul Wagner

    Paul Wagner

    "It is tightly edited and focused, with a great collection of maps and other graphics as well.”
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  • Gregory Doody

    Gregory Doody

    "It’s a superb resource to study and dig deep into the wines of Northern Italy"
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  • Alfonso Cevola

    Alfonso Cevola

    "WSG has created an impressive and comprehensive curriculum in the ever-changing and always complicated world of Italian wine"
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  • Tim Gaiser MS

    Tim Gaiser MS

    "...an invaluable tool vital to a student’s success in learning about the world’s most diverse wine country"
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    Susan Hulme MW

    "invaluable for both the wine professional and dedicated enthusiast alike"
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  • Len Presutti CWE

    Len Presutti CWE

    "a scholarly work that is amazingly approachable and accessible, especially considering its comprehensive, encylopedic nature"
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  • Chris So

    Chris So

    "The first edition of the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 study manual is rich in details and a great read
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    Timothy C. Clark

    “Italian wine is a complicated topic and your fine work cuts through what could be an overwhelming course of study
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