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    Unit 1 - 15-week Instructor-Led Format

    Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 online | 15-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 15 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 7 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 15-week, online instructor-led session for IWS Unit 1 starts January 20th, 2020. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    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 by native Italian, Maurizio Broggi, DipWSET, FWS, CSW 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 

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    The Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 online | 15-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 15-week, online instructor-led session for IWS Unit 1 starts January 20th, 2020. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

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    Meet your instructors

     

    Ciro Pirone, IWS, IWA

    • Director of Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage in Boston
    • Former US Brand Manager for the Arnaldo Caprai Winery of Montefalco (Umbria)
    • Graduate of the Istituto Alberghiero of Salerno, Italy
    • Italian Wine Scholar (WSG), Italian Wine Ambassador (Vinitaly), Italian Wine Specialist (NASA)

    Maurizio Broggi

    Maurizio Broggi, DipWSET, IWS, FWS, CSW

    • Creator of the Italian Wine Scholar™ program
    • Awarded the Napa Valley Vintners Scholarship as 2015 high-achieving WSET Diploma graduate in North America
    • Awarded the Decanter Scholarship as top WSET Level 3 scorer in Asia in 2013
    • Previous Wine Ambassador and Consultant for various Italian Consortia
    • Certified Specialist of Wine (SWE) & Certified Sommelier (CMS)

    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 7 live webinars for 15 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.

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    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 Maurizio 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 15-week, online instructor-led session for IWS Unit 1 starts January 20th, 2020. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    Schedule of study

    Week 1

    (Jan 20 - 26)

    Welcome webinar (30 mins)

    Monday, January 20th 2020 @ 12:00 noon EST

    · 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

    Week 2

    (Jan 27 - Feb 2)

    Self-study: Piedmont Part 1

    Week 3

    (Feb 3 - 9)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, Feb 3rd 2020 @ 12:00 noon EST

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 1

    Self-study: Piedmont Part 2

    Week 4

    (Feb 10 - 16)

    Self-study: Piedmont Part 3

    Week 5

    (Feb 17 - 23)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, February 17th 2020 @ 12:00 noon EST

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Piedmont Part 2 and part 3

    Self-study: Valle d'Aosta & Liguria

    Week 6

    (Feb 24 - Mar 1)

    Self-study: Emilia-Romagna

    Week 7

    (Mar 2 - 8)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, March 2nd 2020 @ 12:00 noon EST

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Valle d'Aosta, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna

    Self-study: Trentino

    Week 8

    (Mar 9 - 15)

    Self-study: Alto Adige

    Week 9

    (Mar 16 - 22)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, March 16th 2020 @ 12:00 noon EST

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Trentino & Alto Adige

    Self-study: Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Week 10

    (Mar 23 - 29)

     

    Self-study: Lombardia

     

    Week 11

    (Mar 30 – Apr 5)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, March 30th 2020 @ 12:00 noon EST

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardia

    Self-study: Veneto Part 1

    Week 12

    (Apr 6 - 12)

     

     

    Self-study: Veneto part 2

     

    Week 13

    (Apr 13 - 19)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, April 13th 2020 @ 12:00 noon EST

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Veneto

    Revision Week

    Week 14

    (Apr 20 - 26)

    Revision Week

    Week 15 

    (Apr 27 - May 3)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Monday, April 27th 2020 @ 12:00 noon EST

    · Cross-regional review & recap

    · Sample test questions

    · Exam protocols

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    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 Maurizio Broggi, IWS Education Director
    • Online Instructor-led Format: via the Q&A forum plus email and live chat with acclaimed wine educators IWS Education Director Maurizio Broggi
    • In Classroom: via a local, certified instructor

    Next 15-week, online instructor-led session for IWS Unit 1 starts January 20th, 2020. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    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.

     

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