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: $690 per unit 


10-week instructor-led format:

Unit 1: Next session starts January 10, 2023
Unit 2: Next session starts February 8, 2023

Price: $790 per unit


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












Student Testimonials:

  • Liza Nivillac
    on Dec 1, 2022
    "I enjoyed the Italian Wine Scholar Program very much. I consider it one of the most detailed and comprehensive programs to learn about Italian wines. I highly recommend it. Saluti!"
  • Julia Lea
    on Nov 30, 2022
    "This is my first experience of WSG and I was pleasantly surprised how in depth the manuals were and how much I have learnt. the ability to taste as well put into context what I was learning. "
  • Jacqui Martin
    on Nov 30, 2022
    "For the ultimate study challenge - consider The Italian Wine Scholar. Immerse yourself in every region's best expression of their terroir through the grape varieties they choose to champion and why. Discover the passion behind the Italian Wine Industry. Delight in its attention to every detail - from vineyard to bottle and of course, to your glass. Open the manual and enjoy! "
  • David Lane
    on Nov 30, 2022
    "Having already completed the Spanish and French Wine Scholar courses, I was looking forward to the Italian course. I was not disappointed with Unit One and am now looking forward to Unit Two."
  • David Lane
    on Nov 30, 2022
    "Having already completed the Spanish and French Wine Scholar courses, I was looking forward to the Italian course. I was not disappointed with Unit One and am now looking forward to Unit Two."
  • Alejandro Espinoza
    on Oct 28, 2022
    "This programme gave me the tools to finally understand Italian wine with its grapes and different appellations, good job!"
  • Kandace E Faidley
    on Oct 8, 2022
    "I love Wine Scholar Guild programs. They are a comprehensive look at the history, people, grapes, terroir, and food that go into the amazing wines of the world."
  • 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."

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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