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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:

    • Mauro Nicastro
      on May 14, 2021
      "IWS is an outstanding course for you who really want to dive in to the Italian wine country. You will get the skill and knowledge that you are looking for!"
    • John Wiggins
      on May 6, 2021
      "This course offers a clear and comprehensive study of the wines of Central and Southern Italy. There is an excellent blend of printed and online resources. "
    • Valerie Drecq-Delaudier
      on May 4, 2021
      "Very comprehensive, complete and specific program which takes our knowledge to a higher level. Concise book and website for optimal learning. "
    • Ian Gravenor
      on Apr 30, 2021
      "I love IWS courses and the new updated format of the manual and the ability to read the manual online too is a great change. However, the e-learning modules could be but into smaller sections and have better quality and be updated to reflect the manual. I have now done IWS and FWS and looking forward to doing SWS at some point."
    • Susan Lin
      on Apr 23, 2021
      "Italian Wine Scholar is a fantastic study resource for students and professionals to gain deeper knowledge or to review the multifaceted wine regions and styles of Italy. IWS presents a holistic framework including history and culture to help bring the wines and their regulations into context. I highly recommend IWS to anyone wishing to solidify their knowledge of Italian wines. - Susan R Lin MW"
    • 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!"

    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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