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

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US$790.00

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 January 17, 2023. 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 two weeks in advance, Andrea McEwan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule the exam.
Customer Reviews
5 1 5 Jason Wyatt on Oct 26, 2022
I loved this course! WSG provides a tremendous number of tools to be successful in this deep dive into the regions of Northern Italy.
5 1 5 Luke Chilone on Jul 13, 2022
The Italian Wine Scholar program provides literally everything anyone could need to begin the journey of understanding Italian wines.
5 1 4 Nakorn Jandrakholiga on Jul 8, 2022
Very good source for Italian Wine learning.
5 1 5 Stephen Li on Jun 29, 2022
I chose the IWS course and took the distance learning option - well structured and very useful to me as a wine tutor lecturing in different wine regions. It gives me a reliable base structure of different regions.
5 1 5 Michele Henning on Jun 22, 2022
WSG has an organized approach with a very good web site, excellent resource materials and online learning. Alan Tardi was a very good Unit 1 teacher...his explanations about the wines and region complexities were excellent. His Italian heritage (for pronunciation, historical explanations, etc.) was very important for my study, too.
5 1 5 Giuseppina Andreacchio on Jun 9, 2022
WSG has succeeded in creating a program that is clear to understand, pleasant to read with books that are very visual too, having precise maps that are of great use. It's worth mentioning the knowledgeable tutors (Andrea and Alan, in particular) who answer any question the students have in a precise, scrupulous manner and without ever proving to be pedantic.
5 1 5 Dimaggio Washington on Apr 28, 2022
WSG uses a systematic approach to wine studies. I am very pleased with how multiple sections of study material are available to the student. I have completed courses from WSET and Court of Masters and WSG meets or exceeds in learning material and presentation.
5 1 5 Alison Scofield on Apr 6, 2022
I am so glad that I took the Italian Wine Scholar program through Wine Scholar Guild. Italy and it's wines can be very overwhelming, but the way that the courses and study materials are broken down really help to make things easier to understand. Each region is unique but you also can get a sense of the country as a whole. The support of Andrea and the WSG team was much appreciated and invaluable towards my education!
5 1 5 Bret Lowry on Nov 29, 2021
This IWS course gives incredible insights into the wine, history and culture of Italy. The course format and instructor-led webinars made navigating all this information manageable and fun.
5 1 4 Andrew Manon Gould on Nov 11, 2021
Thank you
5 1 5 Sarah Drake on Nov 4, 2021
Excellent course and well put together - looking forward to the next one.
5 1 4 Karen Dalton on Sep 26, 2021
An excellent course that provides context and background as to how the world of Italian wine has evolved under influencing factors. Deep dives into appellations and touches on the technical details according to the diciplinare of each region. A fantastic journey that has ignited a passion for a country and wine, whereas once was my Achilles heel is now my area of strength and expertise.
5 1 5 Giancarlo Trinca on Jun 26, 2021
Very informative, in-depth program with very well researched content ! Classroom explanations equally clear and structured, and absolutely pleased with all WSG availability for any question from the trivial to most complex intricacies of DOCG regulations and their underlying meaning !
5 1 4 Jennifer Mancini on May 25, 2021
Unit 1 of the IWS Certification is exactly what I was hoping for and then some. It is such an immersive and informative course, that I think anyone looking to further their wine knowledge or career will absolutely love it. I highly recommend any courses from the WSG!
5 1 5 Gavin Cameron on May 14, 2021
The Wine Wine Scholar Guild has again exceeded my expectations with its comprehensive research into the diverse world of Italian wine. Unique, indigenous grapes and how they contribute to an ever-changing viticultural heritage of Italy is a message any wine scholar will find difficult to ignore.

This course is made even more interesting and educational with the knowledgeable contributions of our instructor, Alan Tardi.
5 1 4 Ty Phelps on May 12, 2021
Given the hybrid nature of this program offering, I was hesitant at first. But within 1 or 2 Zoom sessions, it became quite clear that it would be just as easy to learn as conventional classroom scenarios--but perhaps even more convenient! It was also discovered by most attendees, that we were having as much fun while embracing this newer Covid-friendly model of study.
Mark Shipway's style of teaching is engaging, thorough + he was very reassuring about all the many details one needs to know to successfully complete and pass the program. -ty
5 1 5 Abigail Pavka on Apr 29, 2021
Great course!
5 1 5 Eric Sheridan on Mar 29, 2021
The IWS 1 and 2 were a fantastic dive into the history, evolution and sheer variety of Italian wines. The learning materials excellent and the instruction outstanding. It was a wonderful adventure through Italy and Italian wines!
5 1 5 Annette Tomei on Mar 24, 2021
This was my first Wine Scholar Guild experience and I couldn't be happier. The course material is thorough, engaging, challenging, and clear. The instructors (from Cellar Muse in Seattle) were perfect! I felt better prepared for that examination than I've been for any in the past. I'm looking forward to starting Unit 2 in 3 weeks!
5 1 5 Erin Summers on Mar 20, 2021
I have just taken the exam for Unit 1 of Italian Wine Scholar and feel very confident on how it went.
The course text book is jammed packed of the need to know information, as well as extra bits which aid understanding.
The website is so beneficial, and I wouldn't have got the confidence of going into the exam without it. The online resources, the practice exam questions and flip cards were all so helpful.
I can't wait for Unit 2!
Erin
5 1 5 Graham Cox on Mar 18, 2021
This is a really in-depth look at Northern Italy with plenty of time devoted to Piemonte and Veneto as the two key regions. For me, though, it was fascinating to get into regions I was unfamiliar with, such as Val d'Aosta and Liguria plus building my knowledge of Lombardia and Friuli.
The wine selection complemented the teaching very well with some interesting new varieties that I enjoyed for the first time.
What is also good about the course is that history, culture and food are given plenty of coverage which helps to put the wines in their real context.
5 1 5 Graham Cox on Mar 18, 2021
This is a really in-depth look at Northern Italy with plenty of time devoted to Piemonte and Veneto as the two key regions. For me, though, it was fascinating to get into regions I was unfamiliar with, such as Val d'Aosta and Liguria plus building my knowledge of Lombardia and Friuli.
The wine selection complemented the teaching very well with some interesting new varieties that I enjoyed for the first time.
What is also good about the course is that history, culture and food are given plenty of coverage which helps to put the wines in their real context.
5 1 5 Beverley Bourdin on Mar 17, 2021
I truly appreciated the instructor led format online ON A WEEKEND ! Tanya & Alberto are enthusiastic instructors & very organized . Loved the Google classroom platform - easy to navigate & using the icon on phone saves time.
5 1 5 Beverley Bourdin on Mar 17, 2021
I truly appreciated the instructor led format online ON A WEEKEND ! Tanya & Alberto are enthusiastic instructors & very organized . Loved the Google classroom platform - easy to navigate & using the icon on phone saves time.
5 1 5 Fabrizio Gulizia on Mar 14, 2021
Sincerely, I liked a lot the program, study materials and the webinars. It is very interesting discover new things in the world of wine, above all with regards to Italy being italian.
Now I am enjoy my visit to wineshops and wineries.
Thanks and keep up the good job.
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!
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