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Italian Wine Scholar Unit 2 online - 10-week Instructor-Led Format

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US$790.00

The package includes:

The IWS Unit 2 study manual, access to interactive e-learning modules, and review webinars for one year as well as registration for the IWS Unit 2 online exam-sit. Does not include the one-year membership subscription.

Next online instructor-led session starts January 12, 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 2 study manual

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

Program's features and benefits:

  • Professional instructor support with acclaimed wine educators Alan Tardi IWS and Italian Programs Director Andrea Eby
  • 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 2 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 Anne Marie Phillips on Dec 9, 2022
The Italian Wine Scholar program is an excellent way to get in-depth knowledge of Italian Wines. A complex subject, but it is laid out in a way that you understand the history, the varietals, and the geographic areas that stand out.
5 1 5 Nakorn Jandrakholiga on Oct 23, 2022
It helps me to understand more about Central and Southern part of Italy that is clearly different from Unit 1. I learned a lot about geography, grapes and DOC/G from this class.
5 1 5 Yonatan Alberto Rivera Ordoñez on Oct 6, 2022
The IWS Program is the best program I’ve ever been enrolled to learn about Italian wines. The regional approach is the best and the way they teach the appellation is easy and created not to confuse you. I highly recommend WSG and the IWS.
5 1 4 Fred Dinger on Sep 28, 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed the IWS program. While the level of detailed information was, at times, overwhelming, the studying was rewarding, and both manuals continue to be a great resource for me for all things Italian wine.
5 1 5 Sarah Dillihay on Jul 28, 2022
All materials are great! Very relatable. Thank you for a great experience.
5 1 5 Bouwe Morrema on Jun 30, 2022
The IWS program is very effective and really enhances your practical knowledge on Italy and Italian wines. The manual is superb. Highly recommendable!
5 1 5 Pat Fera on Feb 23, 2022
Having taken Unit #1 as an in classroom course I was a little hesitant taking Unit #2 as an online course; wondering if I would miss student and/or teacher interaction. However, my fears were alleviated after the initial class. The entire experience over Zoom could not have been better and interaction between students and/or students and teacher were seamless during classes via the chat function and outside class via the student/teacher question forum. I would recommend this online learning format to everyone.
5 1 5 Mark Woods on Jan 27, 2022
I really enjoyed the instructor led online learning as it meant that each week I did some work on the section in readiness for the webinar. This meant for me that preparing for the exam was easier but having the ability to choose an exam date also gave time for proper exam revision.
Above all the course was enjoyable and not only enhanced my knowledge of Italian wines but appreciation of the vast growth and improvements in the Italian wine industry in Italy in the last 40 years.
I would recommend the course to others and am now enjoying working towards completing Unit 1 IWS.
5 1 4 Xeni Deligianni on Jan 19, 2022
IWS-Unit 2 has been a wonderful learning experience and
it was definitely helpful following the instructor format.
Looking forward to Unit 1!
5 1 5 Patrick Gerstenberger on Dec 27, 2021
The Italian Wine Scholar Program was a great adventure!

I was in the Independent Study Format for Unit 1 and the Instructor-Led Format (with Andrea and Rob) for Unit 2. The latter was much better for keeping me on a study schedule and provided additional materials that helped me focus my learning. While the online learning modules were well designed, the Instructor-Led webinars provided a useful alternative context. The ability to study the pdf copies of the slide sets, rewatch webinars, and listen to the mp3-format audio recordings (which I hate to admit got me through thousands of yards of lap swimming in the weeks leading up to my test) was key.

The course material for both units was extremely well organized and provided a context that I could not easily glean from the available books and other information I have collected on the wines of Italy. There is just so much detailed information out there. Having access to a well-organized course construct within which to organize information is invaluable.

This was my first WSG course. Now I just need to decide which one to do next. Keep up the great educational work! Thanks to Andrea and Rob!
5 1 5 Alessandra Janaudis on Oct 9, 2021
The program is very complete. The book and online material are essential in learning.
Online classes complement as a review. I am very satisfied and it will certainly make a difference in my career path in the wine market.

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5 1 5 Rita Skolnick on Oct 1, 2021
AlanTardi was excellent in presenting the material, emphasizing the broad trends of the regions as well as the details.
5 1 4 Graham Cox on Aug 15, 2021
IWS U2 is particularly useful for broadening one’s knowledge of Italian wines and understanding the wider context of the history & culture of Italian wine regions. As a WSET Diploma graduate and Italian wine enthusiast, I came away from my studies with an enhanced knowledge-base and love of Italy and its many wine styles.
5 1 5 Anonymous on Jun 28, 2021
The IWS Unit 1 distance learning program was really well done. The instructor Andrea Eby led the classes in a very organized way. Andrea's enthusiasm for Italian Wines is evident and contagious. Andrea was very precise, clear, always happy to help and she answered all our questions.She was also always available and very efficient to answer the students' online questions via email. The study material is very straightforward and the information is written in a good structured way. I loved the program! Thanks, Giuseppina
5 1 5 Michael Busillo on Jun 27, 2021
Andrea Eby was an exceptional instructor. I really enjoyed sitting in her lectures and her tone and style made the material very easy to grasp. I am very glad I opted for the instructor-led format versus the independent study. I probably saved myself several months of additional prep for the exam by using the live sessions as an opportunity to create my chapter outlines. They helped me identify what was truly NTK in terms of the exam, and what I could leave as reference material.
5 1 5 Sandi Schmitt on Jun 22, 2021
this is a comprehensive, focused and delightful curriculum
5 1 5 Rachel Costa on Jun 22, 2021
I have taken the FWS, and both IWS and looking forward to the SWS!
Love the program :)
5 1 4 Beverley Bourdin on Jun 19, 2021
The Italian Wine Scholar program gives the Wine professional or wine enthusiast a solid foundation in understanding the grapes, history and important influencing factors of geography , climate and wine law of classic Italian wines .
5 1 4 Beverley Bourdin on Jun 19, 2021
The Italian Wine Scholar program gives the Wine professional or wine enthusiast a solid foundation in understanding the grapes, history and important influencing factors of geography , climate and wine law of classic Italian wines .
5 1 5 Simon Wheeler on Jun 18, 2021
I think I did this last time :) I really learned a lot from this course and love how it helps bring wine lists more to life, and I was pretty good with a list before
5 1 4 Fabrizio Gulizia on May 9, 2021
I loved the IWS course, it clarified the world of Italian wine making easier for me the way wine is organised in Italy. Thanks a lot, from an Italian wine lover.
5 1 5 Sunny Gandara on Apr 26, 2021
Overall I thought the course was incredibly detailed and well structured. The lay out was organized in a manner that was easy to understand, given the vast amount of information that was provided. I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to get an in-depth education on Italian wine!
5 1 5 Istvan Tabor on Mar 21, 2021
Being very satisfied with Italian Wine Scholar UNIT 1 & 2 materials, I cordially recommend to these courses to any wine lover or wine enthusiast in the world.
5 1 4 Eric Sheridan on Mar 8, 2021
Very much enjoyed this course! Material was well presented, clear and interesting. Excellent.
5 1 5 Kerrilyn Wong on Dec 15, 2020
I took the IWS Unit 2 distance learning program with an instructor lead format through Zoom during the pandemic. The instructor, Mark Shipway, was very personable, organized and knowledgeable. He picked quality wines for students to try at the tasting classes. The WSG online forum had extra modules, maps, practice quizzes and practice flash cards to help one prepare for the exam. I am happy with the quality of this course and I would definitely sign up for other future courses.
5 1 4 Enrico Dow 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.
5 1 5 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.
5 1 5 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!
5 1 5 Julianne Farricker 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.
5 1 4 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!
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