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    Unit 1 - 10-week Instructor-Led Format

    Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 online | 10-week Instructor-Led Format

    THE ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR™ PROGRAM IS THE INDUSTRY'S MOST RESPECTED CERTIFICATION COURSE ON THE WINES OF ITALY

    Master the wines of Northern Italy through 10 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 9 live review webinars.

    The Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 1 curriculum via online learning offers an interactive program that is put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum retention of content and ease of use.

    Students who pass the exam for Unit 1 and Unit 2 will earn the Italian Wine Scholar™ (IWS) post-nominal.

    This format provides the convenience and flexibility of an online study program with interactive live “classroom” instruction delivered to a global student network via computer or tablet.

    We provide true tech support, stellar instruction from acclaimed instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals and all the necessary tools to master the wines of northern Italy.

    Next online instructor-led session starts June 8, 2021. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

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

    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.

    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.

    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 

    Register Now What's Included Instructors

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study IWS STUDY TOOLS

    Program Preview:

    The Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 online | 10-week Instructor-Led Format includes:
    Italian Wine Scholar live online format

    Plus:

    • A schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
    • The Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 1 online exam*
    • Access to repeat-after-me pronunciation exercise
    • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
    • Downloadable maps
    • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group organized by students enrolled in the online program

    Price: $695

    Next online instructor-led session starts June 8, 2021. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

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

    Register Now What's Included Instructors

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study IWS STUDY TOOLS


    Student Testimonials:

    • Abigail Pavka
      on Apr 29, 2021
      "Great course! "
    • Eric Sheridan
      on Mar 29, 2021
      "The IWS 1 and 2 were a fantastic dive into the history, evolution and sheer variety of Italian wines. The learning materials excellent and the instruction outstanding. It was a wonderful adventure through Italy and Italian wines!"
    • Annette Tomei
      on Mar 24, 2021
      "This was my first Wine Scholar Guild experience and I couldn't be happier. The course material is thorough, engaging, challenging, and clear. The instructors (from Cellar Muse in Seattle) were perfect! I felt better prepared for that examination than I've been for any in the past. I'm looking forward to starting Unit 2 in 3 weeks! "
    • Erin Summers
      on Mar 20, 2021
      "I have just taken the exam for Unit 1 of Italian Wine Scholar and feel very confident on how it went. The course text book is jammed packed of the need to know information, as well as extra bits which aid understanding. The website is so beneficial, and I wouldn't have got the confidence of going into the exam without it. The online resources, the practice exam questions and flip cards were all so helpful. I can't wait for Unit 2! Erin"
    • Graham Cox
      on Mar 18, 2021
      "This is a really in-depth look at Northern Italy with plenty of time devoted to Piemonte and Veneto as the two key regions. For me, though, it was fascinating to get into regions I was unfamiliar with, such as Val d'Aosta and Liguria plus building my knowledge of Lombardia and Friuli. The wine selection complemented the teaching very well with some interesting new varieties that I enjoyed for the first time. What is also good about the course is that history, culture and food are given plenty of coverage which helps to put the wines in their real context."
    • Graham Cox
      on Mar 18, 2021
      "This is a really in-depth look at Northern Italy with plenty of time devoted to Piemonte and Veneto as the two key regions. For me, though, it was fascinating to get into regions I was unfamiliar with, such as Val d'Aosta and Liguria plus building my knowledge of Lombardia and Friuli. The wine selection complemented the teaching very well with some interesting new varieties that I enjoyed for the first time. What is also good about the course is that history, culture and food are given plenty of coverage which helps to put the wines in their real context."
    • Beverly Bourdin
      on Mar 18, 2021
      "I truly appreciated the instructor led format online ON A WEEKEND ! Tanya & Alberto are enthusiastic instructors & very organized . Loved the Google classroom platform - easy to navigate & using the icon on phone saves time. "
    • Beverly Bourdin
      on Mar 17, 2021
      "I truly appreciated the instructor led format online ON A WEEKEND ! Tanya & Alberto are enthusiastic instructors & very organized . Loved the Google classroom platform - easy to navigate & using the icon on phone saves time. "
    • Fabrizio Gulizia
      on Mar 14, 2021
      "Sincerely, I liked a lot the program, study materials and the webinars. It is very interesting discover new things in the world of wine, above all with regards to Italy being italian. Now I am enjoy my visit to wineshops and wineries. Thanks and keep up the good job."
    • Eivind Djupedal
      on Mar 4, 2021
      "I am not a wine professional, rather a serious 'hobbyist'. I have both lived and worked in Italy and know the wines reasonably well. But taking Unit 1 of Italian Wines gave a whole other meaning to knowing those wines. I followed on line learning through the class offered, coupled with a study group with friends, as had been suggested. This together with the course book and the on-line teaching material gave me a very well rounded, useful and applicable education. I look forward to Unit 2 and can recommend the WSG as a serious and effective source for learning to wine enthusiasts and professionals alike. "
    • Stefano Zanoncello
      on Feb 1, 2021
      " I am overall happy with the study material. Italy has a very complex viticultural landscape and I think you did a good job condensing all the information. "
    • Jing Wei Tan
      on Jan 27, 2021
      " A fantastic course and program that caters not only to the basic consumer but also for Italian wine aficionados! The choice of being able to take Unit 1 & 2 in any order also allows great flexibility for students. Looking forward to the time when Master Level Programs for Italy can be made available."
    • Richard Milot
      on Jan 16, 2021
      "A comprehensive, well laid-out package that is easy to follow. The historical portions are particularly relevant and assist in situating each region in the overall italian wine scene."
    • Sunny Gandara
      on Jan 7, 2021
      " The IWS Unit 1 program was very comprehensive and laid out in a way that was easy to follow. I found it very useful to have online e-learning modules in addition to the text book as well as multiple quizes after each chapter. Highly recommend this course!"
    • Michael Busillo
      on Oct 28, 2020
      "The IWS Unit 1 course was an incredible deep dive into the wines and winemaking regions of Northern Italy. I went into the course knowing only the basics and finished with a deep knowledge of not only the wines themselves but how they fit into the complex history and rich traditions of Italy. I am eager to continue with Unit 2!"


    Meet your instructors

     

    Alan Tardi IWS

    • Food & wine journalist with publications in The New York Times, Wine & Spirits Magazine, The Wine Spectator, Decanter, and Sommelier Journal
    • Former resident of Italy
    • Author of the James Beard award-winning book "Romancing the Vine: Life, Love and Transformation in the Vineyards of Barolo"
    • First-ever US Ambassador of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco

    Andrea Eby

    Andrea Eby IWS, DipWSET, CSW 

    • WSG Italian Programs Director
    • DipWSET holder with Distinction and awarded the ProWein Scholarship in recognition of her accomplishments
    • Worked for more than a decade in the wine world; as a wine buyer, in retail sales, and as a drinks educator at one of Canada’s top wine stores.
    • Member of the expert judging panels at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, International Wine Challenge and Vinitaly 5 Star Wines.
    • Student of the Institute of Masters of Wine. 

    How it works

    • You receive the full-color, 262-page Italian Wine Scholar study manual for Unit 1 for independent reading and study. Work through the material when you have time in your schedule.
    • You are provided access to on-line study modules and review quizzes corresponding to the course content found in the manual. These are available to you 24/7!
    • Attend 9 live webinars for 10 weeks via webinar accessible from computer or tablet. An opportunity to exchange freely with your instructor and fellow students. We always love to hear from you! Can’t make a webinar live? No problem. All are recorded for on demand replay in webinar or podcast formats…perfect on your way to work!
    • Have a question after watching a recorded webinar? Contact your instructors via and Instructor Q & A forum or email her directly. The choice is yours.
    • Track your progress through the course curriculum via our online tracking system.
    • You have one year from your registration date to take your final exam for Unit 1. When you are ready, please contact one month in advance, WSG Office Manager Celine Camus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check on availability and schedule your online exam. The test consists of 100 multiple choice questions. There is no tasting component. All you need is a laptop equipped with microphone and webcam and an internet connection.
    • We have structured the curriculum into a three-month program to keep you focused and disciplined in your study. But you have a full year to sit the exam…just in case life gets in the way.

    Register Now What's Included Instructors

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study IWS STUDY TOOLS

     

    Why this format?

    1. It is manageable.

    The program is designed to keep you on track…but it is also flexible enough to enable you to catch up should your schedule get interrupted…or even to suspend it should you get derailed. It is designed to accommodate the needs of a busy professional.

    2. You have real human support.

    Ciro and Andrea are available for questions via chat box during webinars, via the Q&A forum and via direct email/phone. There is also a student forum should you wish to create a study group/tasting group in your area or just interact with your fellow students. You can be as interactive or as independent as you want to be.

    3. You are part of a global student community.

    Your classmates will hail from every segment of the wine industry from all over the globe and offer very different insights and points of view. The intellectual ferment adds to the depth of your learning.

    4. Your classroom is mobile.

    If you have a computer, cell phone or tablet, you have a classroom.

    Next online instructor-led session starts June 8, 2021. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

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

    Schedule of study

    Week 1
    (Jun 7 - 13)



    Welcome webinar (30 mins)

    Tuesday June 8, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Meet your instructor and other students

    · General orientation

    · How to access online program and log-in to live webinars

    · How to use the discussion forum

    Self-study: Foundation Chapter & Piedmont Part 1

    Week 2
    (Jun 14 - 20)



    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday June 15, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 1

    Self-study: Piedmont Part 2

    Week 3
    (Jun 21 - 27)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday June 22, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 2 

    Self-study: Piedmont Part 3 & Valle d'Aosta

    Week 4
    (Jun 28 - Jul 4)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday June 29, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 3 & Valle d'Aosta

    Self-study: Liguria & Emilia-Romagna

    Week 5
    (Jul 5 - 11)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday July 6, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Liguria & Emilia-Romagna

    Self-study: Trentino & Alto Adige

    Week 6
    (Jul 12 - 18)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday July 13, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Trentino & Alto Adige

    Self-study: Friuli Venezia Giulia & Lombardia

    Week 7
    (Jul 19 - 25)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday July 20, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardia

    Self-study: Veneto Part 1

    Week 8
    (Jul 26 - Aug 1)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday July 27, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Veneto Part 1 

    Self-study: Veneto Part 2

    Week 9
    (Aug 2 - 8)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday August 3, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Veneto Part 2

    Week 10
    (Aug 9 - 15)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday August 10, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Cross-regional review & recap

    · Sample test questions

    · Exam protocols

    Register Now What's Included Instructors

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study IWS STUDY TOOLS


    Student Testimonials:

    • Abigail Pavka
      on Apr 29, 2021
      "Great course! "
    • Eric Sheridan
      on Mar 29, 2021
      "The IWS 1 and 2 were a fantastic dive into the history, evolution and sheer variety of Italian wines. The learning materials excellent and the instruction outstanding. It was a wonderful adventure through Italy and Italian wines!"
    • Annette Tomei
      on Mar 24, 2021
      "This was my first Wine Scholar Guild experience and I couldn't be happier. The course material is thorough, engaging, challenging, and clear. The instructors (from Cellar Muse in Seattle) were perfect! I felt better prepared for that examination than I've been for any in the past. I'm looking forward to starting Unit 2 in 3 weeks! "
    • Erin Summers
      on Mar 20, 2021
      "I have just taken the exam for Unit 1 of Italian Wine Scholar and feel very confident on how it went. The course text book is jammed packed of the need to know information, as well as extra bits which aid understanding. The website is so beneficial, and I wouldn't have got the confidence of going into the exam without it. The online resources, the practice exam questions and flip cards were all so helpful. I can't wait for Unit 2! Erin"
    • Graham Cox
      on Mar 18, 2021
      "This is a really in-depth look at Northern Italy with plenty of time devoted to Piemonte and Veneto as the two key regions. For me, though, it was fascinating to get into regions I was unfamiliar with, such as Val d'Aosta and Liguria plus building my knowledge of Lombardia and Friuli. The wine selection complemented the teaching very well with some interesting new varieties that I enjoyed for the first time. What is also good about the course is that history, culture and food are given plenty of coverage which helps to put the wines in their real context."
    • Graham Cox
      on Mar 18, 2021
      "This is a really in-depth look at Northern Italy with plenty of time devoted to Piemonte and Veneto as the two key regions. For me, though, it was fascinating to get into regions I was unfamiliar with, such as Val d'Aosta and Liguria plus building my knowledge of Lombardia and Friuli. The wine selection complemented the teaching very well with some interesting new varieties that I enjoyed for the first time. What is also good about the course is that history, culture and food are given plenty of coverage which helps to put the wines in their real context."
    • Beverly Bourdin
      on Mar 18, 2021
      "I truly appreciated the instructor led format online ON A WEEKEND ! Tanya & Alberto are enthusiastic instructors & very organized . Loved the Google classroom platform - easy to navigate & using the icon on phone saves time. "
    • Beverly Bourdin
      on Mar 17, 2021
      "I truly appreciated the instructor led format online ON A WEEKEND ! Tanya & Alberto are enthusiastic instructors & very organized . Loved the Google classroom platform - easy to navigate & using the icon on phone saves time. "
    • Fabrizio Gulizia
      on Mar 14, 2021
      "Sincerely, I liked a lot the program, study materials and the webinars. It is very interesting discover new things in the world of wine, above all with regards to Italy being italian. Now I am enjoy my visit to wineshops and wineries. Thanks and keep up the good job."
    • Eivind Djupedal
      on Mar 4, 2021
      "I am not a wine professional, rather a serious 'hobbyist'. I have both lived and worked in Italy and know the wines reasonably well. But taking Unit 1 of Italian Wines gave a whole other meaning to knowing those wines. I followed on line learning through the class offered, coupled with a study group with friends, as had been suggested. This together with the course book and the on-line teaching material gave me a very well rounded, useful and applicable education. I look forward to Unit 2 and can recommend the WSG as a serious and effective source for learning to wine enthusiasts and professionals alike. "
    • Stefano Zanoncello
      on Feb 1, 2021
      " I am overall happy with the study material. Italy has a very complex viticultural landscape and I think you did a good job condensing all the information. "
    • Jing Wei Tan
      on Jan 27, 2021
      " A fantastic course and program that caters not only to the basic consumer but also for Italian wine aficionados! The choice of being able to take Unit 1 & 2 in any order also allows great flexibility for students. Looking forward to the time when Master Level Programs for Italy can be made available."
    • Richard Milot
      on Jan 16, 2021
      "A comprehensive, well laid-out package that is easy to follow. The historical portions are particularly relevant and assist in situating each region in the overall italian wine scene."
    • Sunny Gandara
      on Jan 7, 2021
      " The IWS Unit 1 program was very comprehensive and laid out in a way that was easy to follow. I found it very useful to have online e-learning modules in addition to the text book as well as multiple quizes after each chapter. Highly recommend this course!"
    • Michael Busillo
      on Oct 28, 2020
      "The IWS Unit 1 course was an incredible deep dive into the wines and winemaking regions of Northern Italy. I went into the course knowing only the basics and finished with a deep knowledge of not only the wines themselves but how they fit into the complex history and rich traditions of Italy. I am eager to continue with Unit 2!"


    Study Materials

    WE OFFER ALL THE NECESSARY TOOLS & SUPPORT TO MASTER THE WINES OF NORTHERN 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 Northern Italy’s 9 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

    Regions covered: Valle d’Aosta, Lombardia, Piemonte, Trentino, Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna

    Plus: A Foundation Unit covering Italian wine law, history, geography, topography, climate, viticulture and wine styles

    Italian Wine Scholar™ study manual Unit 1 (Northern Italy) features:

    #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 Northern Italy are covered and dovetails nicely with the Italian Wine Scholar study manual Unit 1. 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 Wine Programs Coordinator 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

    Next online instructor-led session starts June 8, 2021. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

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

    Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 Online Exam:

    • The exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 60 minutes. There is no tasting component.
    • To become an Italian Wine Scholar and receive the IWS credential candidates need to pass the exams for Unit 1 and Unit 2 with a composite score of 75%
    • The scores from both exams are added together and averaged for final assessment.
    • Students with a composite score of 85-90.5 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.
    • Online exam candidates must have a computer (tablet not compatible), a good internet connection, a webcam and a microphone with speakers for proctoring purposes.
    • You have one year from your registration date to take your final exam for Unit 1. When you are ready, please contact, WSG Office Manager Celine Camus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., one month in advance to check on availability and schedule your online exam.

     

    Register Now What's Included Instructors

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study IWS STUDY TOOLS

     

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