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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 15-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 


    15-week instructor-led format:

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

    Price: $695 per unit


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












    Student Testimonials:

    • Steve Mosteiro
      on Jul 27, 2020
      "I already have my Somm, Certified Specialist of Wine, and WSET III wine certifications and the IWS Unit 1 has been my favorite session so far. Cannot wait for IWS Unit 2"
    • Mark Luna
      on Jul 13, 2020
      "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! "
    • Julianne
      on Jul 9, 2020
      "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. "
    • Janice Stuber
      on Jul 7, 2020
      "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."
    • William Torres Walsh
      on Jul 6, 2020
      "Great Course and great material"
    • Terrace Chum
      on Jul 2, 2020
      "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."
    • Alessandra Ferreira
      on Jun 29, 2020
      "All material is very good i think miss a general quiz with 100 questions"
    • Cristina Cotton
      on Jun 24, 2020
      "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! "
    • Morgan Voss
      on Jun 19, 2020
      "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! "
    • Min Jeong Kim
      on Jun 19, 2020
      "Thank you so much"
    • Kim Yanan Lee
      on Jun 10, 2020
      "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. "
    • Paulette Cotton
      on Jun 7, 2020
      "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. "
    • Mahesh Tirupattur
      on Jun 4, 2020
      "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"
    • Robert Miller
      on May 29, 2020
      "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."
    • Missa Capozzo
      on May 21, 2020
      "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. "

    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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