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    Distance Learning

    Distance Learning

    Earn the Italian Wine Scholar™ (IWS) post-nominal via the online, independent study format or enroll in the 10-week, instructor-led online format including live review webinars

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


    • 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 


    10-week instructor-led format:

    Unit 1: Next session starts June 8, 2021 
    Unit 2: Next session starts September 14, 2021

    Price: $695 per unit


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












    Student Testimonials:

    • Yoko Ito
      on Apr 20, 2021
      "As an Italian wine lover, it meant a lot for me to go in depth of all the regions in Italy and its history at the same time. The books are very well-written and can be repeatedly used as reference in the future, too. "
    • Thomas Brayman
      on Apr 1, 2021
      "The Italian Wine Scholar program was thorough and well written. Given the amount of Italian wine material, it is no wonder they require 2 units to cover all 20 regions."
    • Thomas Brayman
      on Apr 1, 2021
      "The Italian Wine Scholar program was thorough and well written. Given the amount of Italian wine material, it is no wonder they require 2 units to cover all 20 regions."
    • Thomas Brayman
      on Apr 1, 2021
      "The Italian Wine Scholar program was thorough and well written. Given the amount of Italian wine material, it is no wonder they require 2 units to cover all 20 regions."
    • Timothy Ouellette
      on Mar 13, 2021
      "The Wine Scholars material for learning is second to none. It offers in-depth learning in a very user friendly package. "
    • Mark Rodriguez
      on Feb 3, 2021
      " Italy is a confusing and complex area to study. For advanced students of wine, this is a deeply rewarding and surprising program to take!"
    • Joe Lutrario
      on Dec 11, 2020
      "Fantastic program of study. Just the right amount of detail. Would thoroughly recommend. "
    • 0
      on Dec 6, 2020
      "I have finished the French and Spanish wine scholar programs and it is amazing how WSG keeps improving it's way of teaching. The Italian program is so good, interesting and enlightening. "
    • João Melo
      on Dec 1, 2020
      "I remember completing my degree in Viticulture and Enology in Italy and not understanding its wine regions, traditions, and styles. The Italian Wine Scholar program changed that for me, it gave me this depth of knowledge I was seeking and provided this bigger picture of the industry."
    • Emiko Seki
      on Nov 7, 2020
      "It is very very worth to learn about Italian wines and its culture. It was very very hard to study within limited lead time but I am glad that I ecome to choose Italian wines that I want to drink by just reading the label. Thank you to everyone who is involved in this program, I appreciate it very much!"
    • Yoko Ito
      on Nov 4, 2020
      "If necessary yes. I’m grateful for all the instructive materials and kind assistance toward the exams. It is quite fun to study with you here. So excited to learn more about Italian wines. Thank you! "
    • Susan Ritcey
      on Oct 29, 2020
      "I love the wine scholar program. They’ve thought of everything. Written explanations, maps, side notes, pronunciation as well as quizzes. You learn about more than just grapes and wine. The history is fascinating. "
    • Gino Pilato
      on Oct 25, 2020
      "After being in the wine industry for over a decade, I feel that the Italian Wine Scholar program enhanced my previous knowledge while also providing new information with an easy and logical way to grasp and retain for the future. "
    • Jae Joon Nam
      on Oct 22, 2020
      "It helps to understand Italian wine in greater detail and depth."
    • 0
      on Oct 22, 2020
      "The course was great fun and I look forward to future travels to Italia, when I can visit wineries with a new outlook and taste many of those varietals which I had never heard of. Thank you for the cohesive wine education. "

    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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