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Thursday, 19 May 2016 05:00

Italian Wine Scholar launches!

The Wine Scholar Guild announces its worldwide launch of a new study and certification program on the wines of Italy.

The Italian Wine Scholar Program was created by Maurizio Broggi, native Italian, DWS and Certified Sommelier, who joins the Wine Scholar Guild as Education Director for Italy. This course provides up-to-date and comprehensive information on the diverse wines and wine regions of Italy. It offers students of wine the opportunity to master Italian wines and obtain professional-level certification upon the successful completion of this two-part course.

The program has received the support of Italian wine DOC/G consortia and the endorsements of important members of the global wine community. (See kudos below.)

The Wine Scholar Guild is an international provider of advanced specialization and certification wine programs and is acclaimed for its highly successful French Wine Scholar program currently offered by 50 program providers in 20 countries and on 5 continents.

Julien Camus, President of the Wine Scholar Guild, states, “After establishing excellence with the French Wine Scholar Program, we are very proud to present the Italian Wine Scholar Program. Italy vies with France as the #1 wine producing country in the world. Mastering Italian wines is a must for all committed wine scholars and we are delighted to make this comprehensive program attainable to wine students worldwide!”

Maurizio Broggi, WSG Education Director for Italy, explains "Creating this program was both challenging and fascinating for me since every Italian wine region has its own traditions, grapes, and wine styles. What makes this program unique is the comprehensive nature of its content and its straightforward organization. Each Italian wine region is broken down into clear sections that cover history, geography, climate, topography, soils, grapes and appellations. All of the Italian DOCs and DOCGs are featured and described."

The Italian Wine Scholar Program will be available for study in two different formats: online distance learning and classroom instruction. These two study options make the course highly accessible to professionals and wine enthusiasts from all over the world.

The Italian Wine Scholar will launch in distance learning format in May 2016 and in classroom format via the WSG’s program provider network in September 2016.

Classroom instruction will be provided by the same extensive network of wine schools that have been approved as program providers for the French Wine Scholar Program.

Numerous wine professionals have already endorsed The Italian Wine Scholar Study and Certification Program, highlighting the quality of the program in their statements.

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, Master of Wine, author of the acclaimed and benchmark books on Italian wines “Barolo to Valpolicella: the Wines of Northern Italy” and “Brunello to Zibibbo: the Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy”.


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, Master of Wine, Award-winning Author, Wine Critic, Educator and Contributing Editor for Decanter


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. Plus, extensive use of images, labels and detailed maps helps bring everything to life.
Peter Marks, Master of Wine, Vice President of Education at Constellation Academy of Wine


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