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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 9, 2022
Unit 2: Next session starts March 3, 2022

Price: $695 per unit


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












Student Testimonials:

  • 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."
  • Alejandro Espinoza
    on Jul 16, 2022
    "I find that I finally understand Italian wines, good explanations, I liked the online quizzes, and very important what you have done with the maps."
  • Felipe Oliveira
    on Jul 3, 2022
    "IWS is really a comprehensive and in-depth course. The course helped me a lot to deepen my knowledge about Italian wines."
  • Thomas Schaal
    on Jun 30, 2022
    "This is a terrific course for a systematic comprehensive overview of Italian wines, region-by-region. Overall, a terrific learning experience ... as the course materials are top notch (especially the on-line educational portal). "
  • Wai Chun Tang
    on Jun 28, 2022
    "Very comprehensive study materials. "
  • Dain Pascocello
    on Jun 20, 2022
    "The Italian Wine Scholar program provides all you need to master this endlessly fascinating country and its viticulture. I will definitely be recommending it to colleagues and the wine aficionados in my life."
  • Wai Chun Tang
    on Jun 6, 2022
    "The materials are very easy to use and understand."
  • Rebecca Love
    on May 20, 2022
    "Wasatch Academy of Wine always executes and excellent program. Sheral Schowe has complete control of an excellent wine cellar for wines of the program, and has visited, and has a personal relationship, with many of the wineries, producers, winemakers and owners. Dr. Sue Geary, an educator, did an amazing job of presenting and controlling the class. She is extremely organized and generous with her personal and very complete study materials. She made my learning journey a joy!"

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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