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

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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 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!
5 1 5 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.
5 1 4 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
5 1 4 Anonymous 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!
5 1 5 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.
5 1 5 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.
5 1 4 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!
5 1 5 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.
5 1 5 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!!
5 1 5 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.
5 1 5 Newton Sucupira on Jul 15, 2019
Very comprehensive program with clear and logical method, well instructed, which led me to a very good understanding of the subject . Great experience!
5 1 5 Peter Burke on Jun 26, 2019
I would highly recommend the WSG program for its clear, logical, user-friendly and entertaining study materials. Furthermore the classroom learning was relevant, well-structured and fun!
5 1 5 Peter Dorfman on May 26, 2019
An excellent overview of the wines of southern Italy that has really opened my eyes to the wealth of wines in this region.
5 1 5 Lyndsey Wylie on Apr 9, 2019
I decided to undertake the IWS Programme as I wanted to deepen my knowledge of Italian wine and feel really confident when looking at an Italian wine list in a restaurant. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it has opened up a whole new range of wine that I feel confident to try and recommend.
5 1 4 Evan Fraser on Mar 28, 2019
The Italian Wine Scholar certification is a fantastic program for people looking to prepare themselves for further wine related learning opportunities and is an absolute MUST for those that specialize in the Italian wine trade.
5 1 5 hugh preece on Mar 9, 2019
Information is detailed and each chapter is structured for optimal learning especially for people with busy schedules. I found the site easy to navigate and was beneficial in the overall learning because of the flexibility.
5 1 5 Nicholas Herbert on Mar 2, 2019
An excellent course with comprehensive study materials and expert support.
5 1 4 Anonymous on Feb 12, 2019
Overall I think it was a very demanding but very in depth and well put together educational program. I've learned a great deal!
5 1 5 Matt Marcewicz on Feb 7, 2019
Italian Wine Scholar 2 Program
Any serious professional and/or collector should consider pursuing this deep dive into Italian wines. The materials are clear, concise, and well presented. Students that put in the effort will be rewarded with a broad overview of the classic Italian regions, as well as small/overlooked areas. Further, a big picture appreciation for the history, geography, and soils of the Italian peninsula will translate into a deeper understanding of wine in general. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically endorse this program. Thank you for creating this dynamic and fun learning experience!
5 1 4 Kathy Merchant on Feb 7, 2019
The Italian Wine Scholar program offers a comprehensive deep-dive into one of the most complex and fascinating wine regions of the world. I took Unit 1 before the instructor-led program was available (self-study), and I can say now that Unit 2 was much more interesting and helpful with an instructor and learning community. I highly recommend the instructor-led IWS program for anyone who loves wine, Italy, and lifelong learning — whether you are an industry professional or a wine enthusiast. Kathy Merchant, IWS
5 1 5 Catherine Barber on Feb 5, 2019
The Italian Wine Scholar program is an outstanding educational experience that provided both depth and breadth of instruction on all of Italy's wine regions. I highly recommend this course to wine industry professionals and to enthusiasts who want to understand and appreciate well-known Italian wines as well as hidden treasures.
5 1 5 Emma Foster on Feb 5, 2019
An excellent, and very detailed, insight into the wines of Italy, and ideal for anyone with a good basic understanding of wine who wants to know more about the wines of this fascinating country. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to any serious student of wine, or to sign up for one of the other courses myself.
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