Who is this program for?

The Italian Wine Scholar™ curriculum is an Italian wine education program designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization program on Italy! 

The Italian Wine Scholar Program Units 1 and 2 cover Italian wine law, grape varieties and their organoleptic profiles, viticulture, winemaking, wine industry trends and economics and all DOCs and DOCGs with their regulations, wine styles and specificities. Unit 1 focuses on wines of Northern Italy, Unit 2 focuses on wines of Central & Southern Italy. This core body of knowledge is important whether you sell wine, buy wine or teach about wine.

This course provides a critical level of knowledge for those students working in food and beverage venues with wine programs, particularly venues with an emphasis on Italian wines. Serious wine enthusiasts will find this program provides an in-depth look at the different Italian regions and styles, allowing them to make more informed purchase decisions, and find new favorite regions!

There are no pre-requisites, however we highly recommend that students have at least a basic understanding of wine prior to registering for this course. Ideally students should possess the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, or equivalent intermediate level of wine knowledge. 

The IWS program allows wine professionals to set themselves apart from their peers by specializing in the wines of Italy.

How does this program complement other, more general wine study programs?

The Italian Wine Scholar program is a great resource and supplement for students of wine moving towards advanced general wine study programs such as WSET Diploma (Level 4), Court of Master Sommeliers, Master of Wine, etc. The Italian Wine Scholar program serves as an advanced and comprehensive study supplement to help students master the complex wines of Italy.

More about the Italian Wine Scholar Program:

The program is exclusively taught by authorized program providers and approved instructors who have passed the exam with honors or highest honors.

Industry-Relevant: Created by native Italian, Maurizio Broggi, DipWSET, IWS, FWS with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists.

Certification Exam: The exam for each unit is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions. Candidates need a composite score of 75% to receive the credential, i.e. the scores from both exams are added together and averaged for final assessment.

Students with a composite score of 85-90 pass with Honors. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with Highest Honors.

Online Study Program: To complement the manual and classroom experience, enrolled students will have a 1 year access to the IWS Unit 2 online study program with multimedia E-learning modules, review quizzes for self-evaluation, instructor Q&A forum for personal assistance and downloadable maps. Study materials are available 24/7. If you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection, you’ve got a classroom!

Detailed Curriculum: The Italian Wine Scholar manuals follow a regional approach with strong tie-ins to terroir. Each chapter is designed for maximum content retention and utilizes a systematic approach allowing the student to compare and contrast each of the Italian wine regions. Manuals are current and discuss the most recent trends. They are printed in full-color, are rich in imagery and peppered with the iconic wine labels of each region. Every DOC/G is discussed (vs. just mentioned) and triaged by need-to-know icons. Emphasis is given to the flavor and structure profiles of DOC/G wines

State-of-the-Art Course Materials: Upon registration, each IWS student receives: 

  • A full-color study manual 
  • 1-year access to the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 and Unit 2 online study programs for class preparation and review (1-year access starting from registration date of each unit)
  • Registration for the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 and 2 Exam (separate registration for each unit)
  • Tasting over 100 wines during the course of the Unit 1 and 2 programs, to bring your studies to life!
  • Access to a review session prior to each unit exam 

To register for the courses, and see a detailed listing of course dates, please click here for each unit's information page. 

Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 

Italian Wine Scholar Unit 2