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Italian Wine Scholar™

Italian Wine Scholar™ Study & Certification Program

Embark on the most advanced and comprehensive specialization Italian wine course bar none!                                                                              

The Italian Wine Scholar™ education program is an Italian wine course designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization study program on Italian wine bar none!

It was created by native Italian, Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia.

The Italian Wine Scholar™ study program mirrors the unparalleled level of depth, accuracy, detail and academic rigor offered by the acclaimed French Wine Scholar™ program.

Like the French Wine Scholar program, the Italian Wine Scholar study and certification program also confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exams (Ex: John Smith, IWS).

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

"I am impressed by the thoroughness of research that has gone into the Italian Wine Scholar study manual, and by the clear way it is laid out. I am sure that this course will prove very useful for the growing numbers of wine students wishing to improve their knowledge of wines in general and Italian wines in particular."
Nicolas Belfrage MW, author of the acclaimed books “Barolo to Valpolicella: the Wines of Northern Italy”  and “Brunello to Zibibbo: the Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy”

 

Industry Testimonials

  • Jeannie Cho Lee MW

    Jeannie Cho Lee MW

    "I am very impressed with the first edition of the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 study manual."
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  • Peter Marks MW

    Peter Marks MW

    "Committed students of wine will love the Italian Wine Scholar manual..."
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  • Nicolas Belfrage MW

    Nicolas Belfrage MW

    "I am impressed by the thoroughness of research that has gone into the Italian Wine Scholar study manual"
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  • Tim Gaiser MS

    Tim Gaiser MS

    "...an invaluable tool vital to a student’s success in learning about the world’s most diverse wine country"
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DESIGNED FOR THE COMMITTED STUDENT OF WINE

PASSPORT TO MASTERING THE WINES OF ITALY

The program is designed to provide committed students of wine with all the tools necessary to successfully master the wines of Italy at a professional level.

IWS candidates are both members of the wine trade and serious wine hobbyists seeking specialization and certification.

FAQs:

“I have devoured the Italian Wine Scholar Manual and found it incredibly well written, precise and comprehensive. I think it will be a useful and great tool in the hands of many Italian wine lovers and wine professionals that want to learn and understand more about Italy.”
Ciro Pirone, Director Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage Group (Boston, USA)

 

STUDY OPTIONS:

AVAILABLE IN BOTH DISTANCE LEARNING & CLASSROOM LEARNING EXPERIENCE

In both instances, students should register for each unit separately. We highly recommend that students complete one unit before moving on to the next. The units can be taken in any order.

              

"An immediate must for the trade at all levels..."
Martin Sinkoff, VP and Director of Marketing, Frederick Wildman And Sons

 

OPTION 1: DISTANCE-LEARNING

STUDY AT YOUR CONVENIENCE

The Italian Wine Scholar™ curriculum as a distance-learning experience offers an interactive program that is put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum content retention and ease of use.

There are three main components to the distance learning program for each unit:

Price: $595 per unit

Register For Distance-Learning:

UNIT 1 REGISTRATION  UNIT 2 REGISTRATION

Learn more about Distance-Learning

 

OPTION 2: CLASSROOM LEARNING

NOW AVAILABLE AROUND THE GLOBE

The Italian Wine Scholar™ program is offered by the Wine Scholar Guild's approved program provider network which now includes 50 wine schools in 20 countries and five continents.

Each unit of the Italian Wine Scholar™ program is offered as a series of 4 to 8 wine classes with tutored tasting.

Included in the registration with an approved program provider, is the complete study package (study manual, online program and in-class exam sit)

Register now with your local wine school!

FIND A SESSION NEAR YOU

 

"I was very excited to read your first foray into Italy…it did not disappoint.  Once again, you have compiled a wine manual that is truly scholarly!" Nicholas Poletto, DWS, CSW, CSS,  Director of Education at Kobrand Corporation

 

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

MAKING SPECIALIZATION IN ITALIAN WINE ACHIEVABLE


While the sheer volume of information necessary to master Italian wine is extraordinary, we have broken down our course material and Italian wine regions into two manageable chunks:

UNIT 1: WINES OF NORTHERN ITALY

• Valle d’Aosta
• Lombardia
• Piemonte
• Trentino
• Alto Adige
• Veneto
• Friuli-Venezia Giulia
• Liguria
• Emilia-Romagna

UNIT 2: WINES OF CENTRAL & SOUTHERN ITALY

• Toscana
• Marche
• Lazio
• Umbria, Abruzzo & Molise
• Campania
• Calabria
• Puglia & Basilicata
• Sicilia
• Sardegna

 

There will be two separate study manuals and two separate exams. The Italian Wine Scholar™ credential/pin is based on the final composite score (Unit 1&2).

This format makes it much easier to retain information and to pass the exam.

Students register for each unit separately. We highly recommend that students complete one unit before moving on to the next. The units can be taken in any order.

FAQS: Why is advanced Italian Wine Study so complex?

"I am very impressed with the first edition of the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 study manual which is well researched and thoughtfully laid out. [...] I would recommend the Italian Wine Scholar study program for anyone who really wants to learn about the complex and fascinating wine regions of Italy."
Jeannie Cho Lee MW, first Asian Master of Wine, award-winning author, wine critic and educator, Contributing Editor for Decanter

 

STUDY MATERIALS

EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO SUCCEED

Modeled after the French Wine Scholar™ program, Italian Wine Scholar™ students will receive the same complete set of study materials… times two (one set for each Italian Unit)!

STUDY MATERIALS  FOR EACH UNIT INCLUDES:

  • A comprehensive study manual which also serves as reference book
  • Learning objectives for each region
  • Interactive online study modules for each region (link)
  • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
  • Pronunciation exercises

PLUS: Access to live and recorded review webinars with Maurizio Broggi, Education Director for Italy
This extensive list of study resources will empower students to learn and gain a profound working knowledge of the complex and diverse world of Italian wine.

"Committed students of wine will love the Italian Wine Scholar manual. It’s exhaustive coverage of Italy’s regions, grape varieties and wine styles will only make you thirsty."
Peter Marks, Master of Wine, Vice President of Education at Constellation Academy of Wine

 

THE ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR STUDY MANUALS

THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE & CURRENT COVERAGE OF ITALY AVAILABLE

The Italian Wine Scholar manuals follow a regional approach with strong tie-ins to terroir.

Each chapter is designed for maximum content retention and utilizes a systematic approach, allowing the student to compare and contrast each of the Italian wine regions.

Manuals are current and discuss the most recent trends. They are printed in full-color, are rich in imagery and peppered with the iconic wine labels of each region.

Every Italian wine DOC/G is discussed (vs. just mentioned) and triaged by need-to-know icons. Emphasis is given to the flavor and structure profiles of DOC/G wines

Accurate, detailed and custom-designed, proprietary wine maps for each Italian region
Each Italian wine region is put into historical, geographic and cultural context
Emphasis on the white and red grapes of Italy and their flavor profiles


+A FOUNDATION UNIT:

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




FAQs: What information is covered in the program/study manuals?

Industry Testimonials

  • Nicholas Poletto

    Nicholas Poletto

    "I was very excited to read your first foray into Italy…it did not disappoint!"
    Read More
  • Martin Sinkoff

    Martin Sinkoff

    "An immediate must for the trade at all levels and for any interested consumer.  Bravo!"
    Read More
  • Pam Kindel Connors

    Pam Kindel Connors

    "In one word, the first edition of Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 study manual is “Exceptional”!"
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  • Craig Locascio

    Craig Locascio

    "The information is comprehensive, the writing is engaging and the format is easy to follow. Congratulations!"
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CERTIFICATION EXAM & POST-NOMINAL

SET YOURSELF APART FROM YOUR PEERS. SPECIALIZE IN THE WINES OF ITALY!

Individuals who follow this in-depth Italian wine education program and pass the exam, earn the Italian Wine Scholar post-nominal which may be incorporated into a professional signature (e.g. John Smith, IWS).

The exam for each unit is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions. Candidates need a composite score of 75% to receive the credential, i.e. the scores from both exams are added together and averaged for final assessment.

Students with a composite score of 85-90 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.

LEARN MORE: About the exam

 

"Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 is a superb resource to study and dig deep into the wines of Northern Italy.  I’m looking forward to your release of Unit 2!"
Gregory Doody, Executive VP and COO at Vineyard Brands

 

Industry Testimonials

  • Alfonso Cevola

    Alfonso Cevola

    "WSG has created an impressive and comprehensive curriculum in the ever-changing and always complicated world of Italian wine"
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  • Gregory Doody

    Gregory Doody

    "It’s a superb resource to study and dig deep into the wines of Northern Italy"
    Read More
  • Ciro Pirone

    Ciro Pirone

    "I have devoured the Italian Wine Scholar manual and found it incredibly well written"
    Read More
  • Susan Hulme MW

    Susan Hulme MW

    "invaluable for both the wine professional and dedicated enthusiast alike"
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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. See the full list of kudos HERE. 
  • 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 program complement other, more general wine study program?

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Questions about the exam?

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Italian Wine Scholar - Endorsements

  • Italian Trade Commission

    Italian Trade Commission

    "We are delighted to support this educational program dedicated to the Wines of Italy"
  • Consorzio Vini del Trentino

    Consorzio Vini del Trentino

    "I nostri complimenti per il Vostro lavoro: eccellente"/“Our compliments for your work: excellent"
  • Consorzio Vini Alto Adige - Südtirol

    Consorzio Vini Alto Adige - Südtirol

    The manual is really well-made, the information on the territory very detailed and accurately researched."
  • Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato

    Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato

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