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Unit 2 - Independent Study Format

Unit 2 | Central & Southern Italy | Italian Wine Scholar Online Course

The Italian Wine Scholar™ program is the industry's most respected certification course on the wines of Italy.

The Italian Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date Italian wine course available. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all italian wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities. The program provides committed students of wine with an unparalleled set of study tools that are designed to maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

The Italian Wine Scholar course is composed of two separate units:

  • Unit 1: The Wines of Northern Italy
  • Unit 2: The Wines of Central & Southern Italy 

Students of wine who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam for Unit 1 and Unit 2 will earn the Italian Wine Scholar™ (IWS) post-nominal.

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The Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 2 (Central and Southern Italy) online | Independent Study Format includes: 

Plus:

  • The Italian Wine Scholar™ online exam for Unit 2
  • A suggested schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
  • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
  • Downloadable maps
  • A list of of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group hosted by students enrolled in the online program

Price for Unit 2 (Central & Southern Italy): $595 

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The IWS Unit 2 program is also available in a instructor-led online format with professional instructor support from with acclaimed wine educators.

Student Testimonials:

  • 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! "
  • 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."
  • KiJung Kim
    on Jul 29, 2022
    "IWS program is absolutely great. Thanks for your service."
  • 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. "
  • Raymond Carpentier
    on May 18, 2022
    "Very comprehensive course on Central and Southern Italy and the material on each region is very well structured"
  • Shawn Collins
    on May 13, 2022
    "I’ve done two independent studies online with the wine scholar program. Both have been excellent and have greatly increased my knowledge of each area studied. I highly recommend these programs if you have interest in increasing your wine knowledge."
  • Thomas Martlew
    on Apr 16, 2022
    "With WSG you learn so much more about the history, geography and culture of the wine regions rather than just the wine. It not only had giving me the ability to better understand the wines of Central and Southern Italy, but now the confidence to go explore, purchase the wines to share with friends and family."
  • Maddalena Carbi
    on Apr 14, 2022
    "I couldn't expect more! Great job everyone!"
  • Kyle Armstrong
    on Apr 7, 2022
    "Overall an excellent course that has given me a deep understanding of the wines of Central and Southern Italy and terrific preparation for my WSET Level 4 Diploma"
  • Matthew Simon
    on Apr 5, 2022
    "Everything is presented a clear, concise format that is easy to follow! The printable maps make it very easy to follow along as you read! I also enjoyed the e learning modules! Now I am travelling Italy and I can choose my wines based on the knowledge I have learned! "
  • Jerry Chen Cheng Yi
    on Mar 21, 2022
    "IWS is very professional program focus in Italian wine regions and varieites, it gives people clearer look of how Italian wines that you might knew or you might didn't know at all, an excellent step to wide-open your eyes to Italian wines."
  • Karin Eriksson
    on Mar 3, 2022
    "The oral presentations online were very nice. More of that please"


Study materials: 

WE OFFER ALL THE NECESSARY TOOLS & SUPPORT TO MASTER THE WINES OF CENTRAL & SOUTHERN ITALY:

#1 ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR STUDY MANUAL: 

The 260-page, full-color study manual provides all the information from which the test questions are derived. You do not need to research you own study materials; everything you need to know is in the manual.

A comprehensive cover of Italy’s 12 distinct central and southern wine regions in the following manner:

  • History, culture and traditions
  • Location and climate with their effects on viticulture and wines
  • Topography, geography and soils
  • Grape varieties and their organoleptic profiles
  • Viticulture and winemaking
  • Wine industry trends and economics
  • All DOCs and DOCGs with their regulations, wine styles and specificities

REGIONS COVERED: Toscana, Marche, Lazio, Umbria, Abruzzo & Molise, Campania, Calabria, Puglia & Basilicata, Sicilia, Sardegna

Italian Wine Scholar™ study manual features:



+A FOUNDATION UNIT:

A Foundation Unit provides an overview which pulls all of Italy and its wines into perspective.

#2 IWS Online Study Modules:

The IWS online study modules offer interactive presentations that are put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum retention of content and ease of use. Each region of Italy are covered and dovetails nicely with the Italian Wine Scholar study manual. Study materials are available 24/7. If you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection, you’ve got a classroom!

Italian Wine Scholar™ online study modules features:

  • Quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
  • Full audio narration to offer new insight and keep you engaged
  • Your place is automatically bookmarked/saved to resume where you left off 
  • A progress bar tracks your accomplishments

#3 Professional Instructor Support

  • Online Independent Study: via the Q&A forum answered by Italian Programs Director Andrea Eby
  • Online Instructor-led Format: via the Q&A forum plus email and live chat with acclaimed wine educators
  • In Classroom: via a local, certified instructor

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

It was created with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia.

The Italian Trade Commission (ITA) endorsed the program in recognition of its exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor.

The Italian Wine Scholar study and certification program confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exams (Ex: John Smith, IWS). With a school network encompassing 30 countries on 5 continents, the IWS credential has true international recognition.

Student Testimonials:

  • 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! "
  • 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."
  • KiJung Kim
    on Jul 29, 2022
    "IWS program is absolutely great. Thanks for your service."
  • 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. "
  • Raymond Carpentier
    on May 18, 2022
    "Very comprehensive course on Central and Southern Italy and the material on each region is very well structured"
  • Shawn Collins
    on May 13, 2022
    "I’ve done two independent studies online with the wine scholar program. Both have been excellent and have greatly increased my knowledge of each area studied. I highly recommend these programs if you have interest in increasing your wine knowledge."
  • Thomas Martlew
    on Apr 16, 2022
    "With WSG you learn so much more about the history, geography and culture of the wine regions rather than just the wine. It not only had giving me the ability to better understand the wines of Central and Southern Italy, but now the confidence to go explore, purchase the wines to share with friends and family."
  • Maddalena Carbi
    on Apr 14, 2022
    "I couldn't expect more! Great job everyone!"
  • Kyle Armstrong
    on Apr 7, 2022
    "Overall an excellent course that has given me a deep understanding of the wines of Central and Southern Italy and terrific preparation for my WSET Level 4 Diploma"
  • Matthew Simon
    on Apr 5, 2022
    "Everything is presented a clear, concise format that is easy to follow! The printable maps make it very easy to follow along as you read! I also enjoyed the e learning modules! Now I am travelling Italy and I can choose my wines based on the knowledge I have learned! "
  • Jerry Chen Cheng Yi
    on Mar 21, 2022
    "IWS is very professional program focus in Italian wine regions and varieites, it gives people clearer look of how Italian wines that you might knew or you might didn't know at all, an excellent step to wide-open your eyes to Italian wines."
  • Karin Eriksson
    on Mar 3, 2022
    "The oral presentations online were very nice. More of that please"

FAQ:



What information is covered in the course/study manuals?

The manuals structure the study of each of Italy’s 20 distinct wine regions in the following manner:

  • History, culture and traditions
  • Location and climate with their effects on viticulture and wines
  • Topography, geography and soils
  • Grape varieties and their organoleptic profiles
  • Viticulture and winemaking
  • Wine industry trends and economics
  • All DOCs and DOCGs with their regulations, wine styles and specificities

Why is advanced Italian Wine Study so complex?

Although an Old World country, Italy is younger than the United States. Unification of the Italian peninsula occurred in 1861. In the centuries prior to Italian unification, Italy was divided into a plethora of small kingdoms and city-states. Each of these political entities shaped the history, people and culture of their region; for this reason, studying Italy is akin to studying the wine production of 20 different countries--each one with its own grapes, wines, food and traditions.

Are there any pre-requisites to enter this program?

While not a pre-requisite, we recommend that students have successfully completed, at a minimum, one of the following programs before enrolling in the Italian Wine Scholar program: WSET level 2, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) or Court of Master Sommelier’s Introductory Sommelier Certificate (Level 1).

Why invest in certification ?

 

The era of self-professed wine experts is long over. Professionals need credentials.
Certification is resume-building, validates competency and serves as a point of distinction midst trade and peers alike.

The era of self-professed wine experts is long over. Professionals need credentials.

Certification is resume-building, validates competency and serves as a point of distinction midst trade and peers alike.

Why study Italian wine with us?

The IWS study manual has already received many words of praise by wine professionals including Nicolas Belfrage MW, Ciro Pirone, Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Craig Locascio, Paul Wagner, Peter Marks MW. 

Maurizio Broggi, DWS and creator of the Italian Wine Scholar program, brought his academic acumen to the Wine Scholar Guild to build the IWS program.  He achieved the highest score in the world for WSET level 2 and was also one of the top scorers for Diploma level.

Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) study programs have been taught internationally to over 10,000 of students of wine!

WSG student evaluations have been very positive; students love learning with our innovative and multi-faceted educational tools.

In the 10 years since its inception, the Wine Scholar Guild has become the world leader in specialization programs on the wines of France. We aim to do the same for Italy!

How does this wine study program compare to other certification programs?

The Italian Wine Scholar program is a great resource and supplement for students of wine moving toward advanced general wine study programs such as WSET Diploma (level 4), Master of Wine, Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier (level 3 and up) or Society of Wine Educator’s Certified Wine Educator (CWE). 

Many of these programs ask their students to do extensive independent research in order to study for their exam. To this end, the Italian Wine Scholar program serves as an advanced and comprehensive study supplement to help them master the complex wines of Italy.

What are the benefits of the program?

The program deepens and strengthens the student’s knowledge of Italian wine. 

Successful completion of the program confers the Italian Wine Scholar title. This may be incorporated into a professional signature and added to the resumé. For individuals hoping to start a second career in wine, this credential provides a strong knowledge base enabling a job applicant to enter the industry from a position of strength.

Who endorses the program?

 

The Wine Scholar Guild’s Italian Wine Scholar Program received official endorsement from the Italian Trade Commission (ITA).

The Italian Trade Commission is a governmental body whose role is to promote the internationalization of Italian companies in line with the strategies of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development. It identifies and connects Italian and foreign businesses and provides support and advice to both.

The program has also received endorsments from several regional wine consortia as well as testimonials from high-profile industry professionals.

See all Endorsments and Testimonials

How was the Italian Wine Scholar program created?

The Italian Wine Scholar program was created by the Wine Scholar Guild educational team including Maurizio Broggi, Education Director for Italy; Lisa M. Airey, Director of Education and Kirra Barnes, Editorial Assistant. 

We would also like to extend our appreciation to the following organizations for sharing their resources and extending their support: Federdoc, Regione Piemonte – Dip. Agricoltura, Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero & Andrea Ferrero, Consorzio Barbera d'Asti Docg e Vini del Monferrato & Daniele Becchi, Azienda Agricola G. Ricci Curbastro e Figli, Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et La Salle, Casa Vinicola Aldo Rainoldi, La Brugherata, Ramoino & Fabiana Ramoino, Elio Ottin,  Consorzio Tutela Vini d'Acqui, Enoteca Regionale Gattinara & Roberto Sella, Consorzio Tutela Vini Caluso Carema Canavese, Consorzio Tutela del Roero & Francesco Monchiero, Azienda Agricola Vezzoli Giuseppe, Consorzio Tutela del Gavi, Cantina Comunale "I Sorì di Diano", Tim Holmes & Aosta Valley Representation (UK), Cantina Favaro, Consorzio Vini Alto Adige & Werner Waldboth, Consorzio Vini del Trentino - Trentino Marketing & Graziano Molon & Valentina Voltolini, Augustiner Chorherrenstift Neustift - Abbazia di Novacella, Cantina Conte Vistarino, Giorgi di F.lli Giorgi, Terre Bianche & Filippo Rondelli, Enoteca Grazia di Sestri Levante, Consorzio Tutela del Franciacorta, Consorzio Tutela Bardolino Doc, Consorzio Tutela Vino Custoza, Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella, Tommaso Bussola, Tommasi Viticoltori, Consorzio Tutela del Soave, Gravner,  Consorzio Tutela Vini Collio, Roncus, Mauro Businaro, Francesco Bonini, Consorzio Tutela del Vino Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Consorzio per la tutela del Prosecco Doc, Consorzio Tutela Vini Doc Friuli Grave, Consorzio Tutela Vini Friuli Colli Orientali, Consorzio Tutela Vini Doc Friuli Isonzo, Cantina Mario Schiopetto, Gdmtech & Graziano De Maio.

 

What is the Italian Wine Scholar program?

The Italian Wine Scholar Certification Program is a course of study on the wines and wine regions of Italy. It is an advanced curriculum tailored to the wine trade and to serious wine hobbyists.

Questions about the exam?

*IWS Unit 2 online exam: You have one year from your registration date to take your exam (extension possible for a nominal fee). If you are registered for an online exam-sit and ready to schedule it, you may contact one month in advance WSG office manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availabilities. Online exam candidates shall be equipped with a PC or Mac Desktop or laptop computer with working microphone, speakers and webcam and possess a good internet connection. The exam cannot be taken from a tablet, nor a mobile phone or Chromebook.

Read this page to learn more about the exam

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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