Italian Wine Scholar (IWS)

Wine Scholar Guild

Advanced Italian Wine StudiesItalian Wine Scholar (IWS)

Why Italian Wine Scholar?

The Italian Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date Italian wine course available. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all Italian wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities. The program provides committed students of wine with an unparalleled set of study tools that are designed to maximise learning and boost knowledge retention. It was created by native Italian, Maurizio Broggi, DipWSET, FWS, CSW with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia.

  • Master the wines of Italy at a professional level
  • Prepare for moving toward advanced general wine study programs such as WSET Diploma (level 4), Master of Wine, Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier (level 3 and up) or Society of Wine Educator’s Certified Wine Educator (CWE).
  • Earn the Italian Wine Scholar title and the IWS post-nominal which may be incorporated into a professional signature (e.g. John Smith, IWS).

The Italian Trade Commission (ITA) endorsed the program in recognition of its exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor.

Who Should Attend?

  • Members of the wine trade
  • Serious wine hobbyists seeking specialisation and certification
  • ALL ITALIAN WINE LOVERS – anyone wishing to become more knowledgeable about Italy, and its wine and food culture


No pre-requisites, but strongly recommend that students have completed WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) or Court of Master Sommelier’s Introductory Sommelier Certificate (Level 1).

What does the program cover?

The Italian Wine Scholar program is composed of two separate units:

  • Unit 1: Northern Italy
  • Unit 2: Central & Southern Italy

Both units 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. This core body of knowledge is important whether you sell wine, buy wine or teach about wine

Join IWS in MWM Wine School

  • Extensive tasting of 50 wines per unit
  • Guided by renowned Italian wine expert Justin Chen
  • Beautifully designed Italian Wine Scholar Manuals rich with photographs & maps, one for each unit.
  • 1-year access to the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 / Unit 2 online study program for class preparation and review
18Total Learning Hours / Unit
50Wines / Unit
6Sessions Maximum / Unit

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.

Seeking a Better Foundation before IWS?

Join IWS Prep Course !

IWS Prep is designed to address the needs of the inquisitive wine enthusiast and aspiring wine professional alike. As a foundation course, IWS Prep remains accessible but is content-rich and full of cultural highlights that are as engaging as they are entertaining.
The course provides an introduction to Italy, explores its key wine regions and delivers core information on 39 of the country’s need-to-know wines.

Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) – Prep Course

Wine Scholar Guild

Wine Scholar Guild is the leading provider of specialised certification programs on the wines of France, Italy and Spain with a school network of over 100 partner schools spanning 30 countries and 5 continents.
We are a pioneer in online wine education; our distance-learning platform includes hundreds of educational webinars, interactive e-learning modules, online flashcards, pronunciation exercises, and learning games.
Our community of wine professionals and committed students of wine learn from the most respected names in the industry and participate in some of the most privileged, exciting, and intellectually stimulating wine study immersion trips on the market.
Our entire organisation is fully committed to our students and to their success. We help achievers achieve.

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