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    Unit 2 - 10-week Instructor-Led Format

    Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 2 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 Central & Southern 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 2 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 Central & Southern Italy.

    Next online instructor-led session starts October 15, 2020. 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.

    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:

    Next online instructor-led session starts October 15, 2020. 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 ™ Unit 2 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 2 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 October 15, 2020. 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:

    • Enrico
      on Oct 19, 2020
      "As a Italian Italian citizen I feel more connected than ever as wine is part of out culture. Thanks for making and easily digestible course. I am sure this will give me an advantage in my career. "
    • Andreas Deutschmann
      on Aug 21, 2020
      "A big thank you to Ann and Sharon, who were excellent instructors!! I had previously done French Wine Scholar with Sharon, so I knew that her company Cru Consultancy maintained a high standard for their teachers. Ann was personable, engaging, informative and maintained a sense of humour - clearly, she enjoyed teaching the course. I really enjoy the programs offered by the WSG and have completed both my French and Italian Wine Scholar programs. The material covers everything from history, geography and appellations, to how certain wine styles came about and the cultural importance these wines play in these areas. WSG offers a deep dive into regional wine styles in a way not given by most other wine study programs."
    • Mark Luna
      on Jul 13, 2020
      "I'm a very big fan of WSG and I was very satisfied with all aspects of the Italian Wine Scholar program. The materials were extremely well presented, certainly very challenging, but very easy to follow. Having a WSET background, I was very impressed with details of each chapter, and the equal focus on both viticulture and vinification processes...plus the history portions of each chapter were outstanding. I plan to continue my education with the Wine Scholar Guild! "
    • Julianne
      on Jul 9, 2020
      "The Italian Wine Scholar is an in-depth and comprehensive view of the various regions and wines. Alan Tardi is an excellent instructor and was always willing to share his insight and answer questions. I look forward to more programs about Italy. "
    • Cristina Cotton
      on Jun 24, 2020
      "An excellent course for developing and deepening an understanding of the complex and fascinating wine landscape of one world's birthplaces of viticulture. This course is a fun and useful way to cover Italy's regional diversity and plethora native grapes - it certainly has made my tasting and wine cabinet more unique! "
    • Morgan Voss
      on Jun 19, 2020
      "Great program! I feel I have a much better understanding of Italian wine after completing this course. The online study materials that are provided are high-quality, easy-to-use, and set you up for success! "
    • Paulette Cotton
      on Jun 7, 2020
      "I found the IWS program to be a very in depth logical approach to the study of Italian wine with abundant study materials and resources that provide learners the means to absorb and retain the information being presented. The instructor led course was both informative and engaging. The entire staff was very responsive and conscientious. I look forward to future wine education classes with WSG. "
    • Mahesh Tirupattur
      on Jun 4, 2020
      "Excellent program. I found the exam to be a bit of a memorization as opposed to a visual analysis. Perhaps a couple of essays as opposed to just multiple choice and also include tasting like WSET. Maybe I am biased to Wset as that is what I took first"
    • Julie Denham
      on Apr 4, 2020
      "The IWS course opened my eyes to the incredible diversity of Italian wine, from its ancient beginnings to developments and trends of the very recent past. It effectively conveyed the unique qualities of each wine region and the dynamism many appellations are experiencing today. As a serious student of wine, the course helped to take my knowledge to the next level and inspired me to continue the journey! Mille grazie! "
    • Eleanor Crabtree
      on Feb 11, 2020
      "It’s a fantastic immersion in the wine of Italy. It created a hunger for me to delve even deeper. I am fascinated by obscure grape varieties and the chapter on Campania did not disappoint in that category. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and share freely what they know. I will definitely be enrolling in other WSG courses."
    • Luis Antonio Coutinho Silva
      on Nov 21, 2019
      "The IWS program is excellent, allows an overall understanding of the diverse and sometimes confusing Italian wine world. The Instructor Led program is very effective and I learned a lot from the presentations integrated with the self-study material. I also used the Instructor Q&A Forum extensively, always receiving immediate and detailed feedback, which helped me to improve the program results."
    • Albert Hili
      on Oct 1, 2019
      "A very comprehensive program that is written in a logical and easy to follow format. The Italian Wine Scholar program is ideal for wine professionals and wine enthusiasts that want to increase their knowledge of this fascinating subject. Highly recommended!"
    • Robert Cyrus Yeganeh
      on Sep 9, 2019
      "The IWS unit 2 course is a fascinating and comprehensive look at the wine regions of Central and Southern Italy. I recommend it strongly as a resource for sommelier students or any wine lover looking for an in depth, well presented look into the extensive history, numerous unique grape varietals, geography, and cultural/winemaking traditions of the Italian peninsula. Undoubtedly, this is the finest course available anywhere on this subject matter, conveniently available online or in a classroom format. The manual is excellent, and there is a vast amount of additional study material available online that the student can access at his or her own pace. I found the class to be a reasonable priced, outstanding educational resource, and presented by top notch instructors at a pleasant pace to absorb the enormous amount of information covered."
    • Kin Chung Philip Wong
      on Sep 5, 2019
      "Italian Wine Scholar online course has provided very comprehensive materials and interactive support throughout my study to enable me to understand the history, culture, and the particular climate and rules and practices in each wine appellation. It was informative and at the same time very enjoyable!! "
    • Igor Soloshenko
      on Jul 29, 2019
      "I truly adore WSG programs. The website is a bit too selling and colorful (The States influence, supposedly), and I was really hesitating a few month before I subscribed to FWS earlier this year. Also, there aren't many references in the web - everybody knows WSET, but WSG is relatively little known to the whole community. Coupled with the website, I was reluctant to join, but when I got my book and passed the first exam, I was really impressed. The materials are thorough and updated. Thanks to the team, can't wait to join SWS."

    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 Wine Programs Coordinator
    • 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 Italian Wine Scholar study manual for Unit 2 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 2. 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 four-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.

    Alan is 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 October 15, 2020. 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
    (Oct 12 - 16)



    Welcome webinar (30 mins) with Alan Tardi

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 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 & Toscana Part 1

    Week 2
    (Oct 19 - 23)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Alan Tardi

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Toscana Part 1

    Self-study: Toscana Part 2

    Week 3
    (Oct 26 - 30)


    Live webinar
    (1 hr 15 mins) with Alan Tardi

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Toscana Part 2

    Self-study: Marche & Abruzzo

    Week 4
    (Nov 2 - 6)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Alan Tardi

    Thursday, November 5, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Marche & Abruzzo

    Self-study: Umbria, Lazio & Molise

    Week 5
    (Nov 9 - 13)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Alan Tardi

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Umbria, Lazio & Molise

    Self-study: Campania & Basilicata

    Week 6
    (Nov 16 - 20)

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Alan Tardi

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Campania & Basilicata

    Week 7
    (Nov 23 - 27)

    Self-study: Sicilia & Calabria

     

    Week 8
    (Nov 30 - Dec 4)


    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Alan Tardi

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Sicilia & Calabria

    Self-study: Puglia & Sardegna

    Week 9
    (Dec 7 - 11)

    Revision Week

    Live webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Alan Tardi

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    · Check-in on progress

    · Review of Puglia & Sardegna

    Week 10
    (Dec 14 - 18)

    Revision Week

    Final live review webinar (1 hr 15 mins) with Alan Tardi

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 @ 12:00 noon ET

    Final review: 

    · Foundation review

    · Cross-regional review

    · 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:

    • Enrico
      on Oct 19, 2020
      "As a Italian Italian citizen I feel more connected than ever as wine is part of out culture. Thanks for making and easily digestible course. I am sure this will give me an advantage in my career. "
    • Andreas Deutschmann
      on Aug 21, 2020
      "A big thank you to Ann and Sharon, who were excellent instructors!! I had previously done French Wine Scholar with Sharon, so I knew that her company Cru Consultancy maintained a high standard for their teachers. Ann was personable, engaging, informative and maintained a sense of humour - clearly, she enjoyed teaching the course. I really enjoy the programs offered by the WSG and have completed both my French and Italian Wine Scholar programs. The material covers everything from history, geography and appellations, to how certain wine styles came about and the cultural importance these wines play in these areas. WSG offers a deep dive into regional wine styles in a way not given by most other wine study programs."
    • Mark Luna
      on Jul 13, 2020
      "I'm a very big fan of WSG and I was very satisfied with all aspects of the Italian Wine Scholar program. The materials were extremely well presented, certainly very challenging, but very easy to follow. Having a WSET background, I was very impressed with details of each chapter, and the equal focus on both viticulture and vinification processes...plus the history portions of each chapter were outstanding. I plan to continue my education with the Wine Scholar Guild! "
    • Julianne
      on Jul 9, 2020
      "The Italian Wine Scholar is an in-depth and comprehensive view of the various regions and wines. Alan Tardi is an excellent instructor and was always willing to share his insight and answer questions. I look forward to more programs about Italy. "
    • Cristina Cotton
      on Jun 24, 2020
      "An excellent course for developing and deepening an understanding of the complex and fascinating wine landscape of one world's birthplaces of viticulture. This course is a fun and useful way to cover Italy's regional diversity and plethora native grapes - it certainly has made my tasting and wine cabinet more unique! "
    • Morgan Voss
      on Jun 19, 2020
      "Great program! I feel I have a much better understanding of Italian wine after completing this course. The online study materials that are provided are high-quality, easy-to-use, and set you up for success! "
    • Paulette Cotton
      on Jun 7, 2020
      "I found the IWS program to be a very in depth logical approach to the study of Italian wine with abundant study materials and resources that provide learners the means to absorb and retain the information being presented. The instructor led course was both informative and engaging. The entire staff was very responsive and conscientious. I look forward to future wine education classes with WSG. "
    • Mahesh Tirupattur
      on Jun 4, 2020
      "Excellent program. I found the exam to be a bit of a memorization as opposed to a visual analysis. Perhaps a couple of essays as opposed to just multiple choice and also include tasting like WSET. Maybe I am biased to Wset as that is what I took first"
    • Julie Denham
      on Apr 4, 2020
      "The IWS course opened my eyes to the incredible diversity of Italian wine, from its ancient beginnings to developments and trends of the very recent past. It effectively conveyed the unique qualities of each wine region and the dynamism many appellations are experiencing today. As a serious student of wine, the course helped to take my knowledge to the next level and inspired me to continue the journey! Mille grazie! "
    • Eleanor Crabtree
      on Feb 11, 2020
      "It’s a fantastic immersion in the wine of Italy. It created a hunger for me to delve even deeper. I am fascinated by obscure grape varieties and the chapter on Campania did not disappoint in that category. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and share freely what they know. I will definitely be enrolling in other WSG courses."
    • Luis Antonio Coutinho Silva
      on Nov 21, 2019
      "The IWS program is excellent, allows an overall understanding of the diverse and sometimes confusing Italian wine world. The Instructor Led program is very effective and I learned a lot from the presentations integrated with the self-study material. I also used the Instructor Q&A Forum extensively, always receiving immediate and detailed feedback, which helped me to improve the program results."
    • Albert Hili
      on Oct 1, 2019
      "A very comprehensive program that is written in a logical and easy to follow format. The Italian Wine Scholar program is ideal for wine professionals and wine enthusiasts that want to increase their knowledge of this fascinating subject. Highly recommended!"
    • Robert Cyrus Yeganeh
      on Sep 9, 2019
      "The IWS unit 2 course is a fascinating and comprehensive look at the wine regions of Central and Southern Italy. I recommend it strongly as a resource for sommelier students or any wine lover looking for an in depth, well presented look into the extensive history, numerous unique grape varietals, geography, and cultural/winemaking traditions of the Italian peninsula. Undoubtedly, this is the finest course available anywhere on this subject matter, conveniently available online or in a classroom format. The manual is excellent, and there is a vast amount of additional study material available online that the student can access at his or her own pace. I found the class to be a reasonable priced, outstanding educational resource, and presented by top notch instructors at a pleasant pace to absorb the enormous amount of information covered."
    • Kin Chung Philip Wong
      on Sep 5, 2019
      "Italian Wine Scholar online course has provided very comprehensive materials and interactive support throughout my study to enable me to understand the history, culture, and the particular climate and rules and practices in each wine appellation. It was informative and at the same time very enjoyable!! "
    • Igor Soloshenko
      on Jul 29, 2019
      "I truly adore WSG programs. The website is a bit too selling and colorful (The States influence, supposedly), and I was really hesitating a few month before I subscribed to FWS earlier this year. Also, there aren't many references in the web - everybody knows WSET, but WSG is relatively little known to the whole community. Coupled with the website, I was reluctant to join, but when I got my book and passed the first exam, I was really impressed. The materials are thorough and updated. Thanks to the team, can't wait to join SWS."

    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.

    "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

    #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 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 October 15, 2020. 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 2 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 2. 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

     

     

    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.

    WSG thanks the following organizations for their support: