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

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    The package includes:

    The IWS Unit 1 study manual, access to interactive e-learning modules, and review webinars for one year as well as registration for the IWS Unit 1 online exam-sit. Does not include the one-year membership subscription. 

    Next online instructor-led session starts March 2, 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.

    Detail of the package:

    IWS Unit 1 study manual

    • A 262-page, full-color study manual on the wines of Northern Italy
    • The most current and comprehensive resource on the wines of Northern Italy
    • Manual doubles as a reference book for wine professionals

    Professional instructor support with acclaimed wine educators Alan Tardi IWS and Italian Programs Director Andrea Eby

    Program's features and benefits:

    • A schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
    • 9 live review webinars recorded for on-demand replay
    • Interactive e-learning modules with loads of illustrations and full audio narration for each region
    • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
    • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group organized by students enrolled in the online program
    • Instructor Q&A forum for assistance as well as Student Community forums
    • Downloadable maps
    • Access to repeat-after-me pronunciation exercise
    • Study materials are available 24/7 and registration is for one full year

    Registration for the IWS Unit 1 online exam-sit

    • The exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 60 minutes.
    • 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.
    • Candidate has one year from registration date to take the exam. When ready, the candidate may contact Andrea McEwan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule the exam.

      Important notice: You can cancel or reschedule your exam at any point before your scheduled exam time by logging in to your ProctorU account and using the rescheduling link.
      If not cancelled or rescheduled prior to the exam start time and you are not showing up for your exam or more than 15 minutes late, a $75 re-scheduling fee payable to WSG will be applied.
    Customer Reviews
    5 1 5 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.
    5 1 4 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.
    5 1 5 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.
    5 1 5 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.
    5 1 5 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!
    5 1 5 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!
    5 1 5 Karene Vilela on Sep 10, 2020
    The module as a whole was very well delivered and Alan Tardi made it
    interesting and a good learning experience.
    Content is interesting, level and depth of information are just right.
    E-learning modules and self-tests are helpful.
    5 1 5 Julianne on Sep 1, 2020
    Alan Tardi was a an amazing instructor. I watched his lectures, read the book, and used the flash cards.
    5 1 5 Daniel Rogenski on Aug 17, 2020
    The IWS program is complex, however the information is presented in a way that helps you learn and most importantly retain knowledge. Completing this program has finally given me a clear understandIng of this incredibly diverse country, it’s history, varietals, vinicultural practices and it’s wonderful people.
    5 1 5 Steve Mosteiro on Jul 27, 2020
    I already have my Somm, Certified Specialist of Wine, and WSET III wine certifications and the IWS Unit 1 has been my favorite session so far. Cannot wait for IWS Unit 2
    5 1 4 Alessandra Ferreira on Jun 29, 2020
    All material is very good i think miss a general quiz with 100 questions
    5 1 5 Missa Capozzo on May 21, 2020
    I truly love the WSG courses. The only thing I might change is offering immediate exam results like the Society of Wine Educators does with the CSW. I took my exam 4 days ago and am still awaiting my results via email, and since I took it digitally online, I know the results were scored immediately.
    5 1 5 Andrejs Batkilins on Aug 16, 2019
    Very interesting and informative program with deep knowledge of Italian Wine teaching in simple, not "abstruse" language, but clear and alive.
    5 1 5 Eleanor Crabtree on Jul 12, 2019
    The most in-depth course on Italian wines. The only way to learn more is to go to Italy!
    5 1 5 Juan Molano Mesa on Jun 2, 2019
    This program is excellent!! Give me a lot of tools to understand both Italian regions and wines!!! Thanks
    5 1 5 Lyndsey Wylie on May 14, 2019
    I enjoyed studying for the IWS unit 1 with Awsec just as much as unit 2. The material was excellent and the tuition fun and engaging. I don’t work in the industry but for an enthusiast such as myself I think the WSG IWS is an excellent course to follow.
    5 1 5 Cheryl Mansen on May 1, 2019
    The combination of history, viticulture, climate and soil of each region made the wines seem more vital and memorable. A highlight was learning about the continuation of so many unique grape varieties despite political dictates, war and climatic challenges, and provided some insight to the enduring mystique of wine.
    5 1 5 Sue Geary on Apr 25, 2019
    The Italian Wine Scholar Unit I is the third Wine Scholar Guild course that I have taken--along with the French Wine Scholar Course and the Italian Wine Scholar Unit II--and I can't wait for the launch of the Spanish Wine Scholar course.
    The courses are all beautifully comprehensive with the inclusion of the history, geography, and unique viticulture of each region. The manual and the online materials are well-presented and extensive and allow the student to be well-prepared for the post-nominal exam. I have been introduced to wines that I might never have experienced if not for these courses. I now feel confident shopping for wines, and pairing them with a variety of cuisines. I routinely enjoy a wider variety of wines than I had before I took the courses. Finally, I have a far greater appreciation for the commitment of generations of wine growers who love the land and the wines they produce.
    5 1 5 James Bornn on Apr 22, 2019
    In the chaos that can be Italian wines, the IWS program is a great tool for the student looking to sift through the immense amount of material and get right to the important parts.
    5 1 5 Calen Macdonald on Apr 19, 2019
    I have always felt that Italy was my Achilles heel in the wine world, so naturally the Italian Wine Scholar program was the logical solution. Unit 1 was an excellent introduction into Northern Italy and I am excited to start Unit 2 as soon as possible.
    5 1 5 Rachele Neal on Apr 18, 2019
    Italian Wine Scholar took my knowledge of Italian wines to a whole other level! The content was outlined in such a straight-forward way and factual way making it easy to get through the material. Highly recommend for any Italian wine lovers!
    5 1 5 Denise Adkins Mccall on Mar 28, 2019
    The combination of Sheral Schowe’s expertise, the course materials and the wines tasted made for an amazing experience! I’d recommend this course to everyone!!
    5 1 5 Nathan Merilees on Mar 22, 2019
    Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 absolutely opened my eyes to the depth of the world of Italian wine. I thought I knew plenty having completed the WSET 3 Award in Wines, but that was very much just the tip of the iceberg. Now that I've dipped my toes into what the Wine Scholar Guild has to offer through its Wine Scholar programs, I can't wait to finish Unit 2, as well as French and Spanish Wine Scholar in the future.
    5 1 5 Simon Porter on Mar 21, 2019
    Clear, concise, informative, insightful and thoroughly enjoyable
    5 1 5 Azra Moiz on Mar 21, 2019
    I learnt so much and had great fun during the Italian Wine Scholar course! For the 8 weeks of the programme, going to class very Monday evening was the highlight of my week, and it's made me want to do all the other wine scholar courses.
    5 1 5 Jeremy Smith on Mar 7, 2019
    I would recommend the course highly for those not only interested in Wine but also Italy in general, as it covers all aspects of viticulture but also history, politics, law relating to wine and geography. A very entertaining course.
    5 1 5 Anonymous on Feb 5, 2019
    Italian Wine Scholar is another excellent course by Wine Scholar Guild. As with French Wine Scholar, IWS program is well-designed to provide learners with all the need-to-know information in concisely written study guides. The on-line learning materials of individual wine regions including the maps, flashcards, quizzes supplement and benefit the learning experience. IWS makes learning Italian wines fun and enjoyable!
    5 1 4 Yvonne OU on Feb 5, 2019
    IWS unit 1 is a well thought out program that illustrates the different regions and grape varietals as well as some background Italian history and culture. Even though I have done WSET diploma, this course furthered my understanding and I will definitely be taking unit 2.
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