Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) Prep Course

Wine Scholar Guild

Foundation to Mastering Italian WinesItalian Wine Scholar (IWS) Prep Course

Why IWS Prep Course?

  • Acquire fundamental Italian wine knowledge in just 8 hours
  • Refine your tasting skills
  • Master the essential grapes and appellations of Italy’s major wine regions
  • Navigate the seemingly complicated Italian wine classification system
  • Be perfectly poised to continue your studies with the prestigious Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) certification program

IWS Prep is your passport to understanding Italian wine. It also acts as a stepping-stone to the internationally acclaimed Italian Wine Scholar certification program. 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. 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.

Who Should Attend?

  • ALL ITALIAN WINE LOVERS – anyone wishing to become more knowledgeable about Italy, and its wine and food culture
  • Inquisitive wine enthusiasts wanting to become more familiar with the intricacies of Italian wine
  • Aspiring wine professionals
  • Hospitality professionals new to the world of Italian wine


The desire for beautiful wines of Italy!

What does the program cover?

  • 39 of the most well-known appellations, among which 32 are covered in significant details. 7  “detour” appellations included to round out the curriculum.
  • Grape varieties, wine profiles and labelling terms
  • Regional and cultural context of the wines for tasting
  • Local landmarks and traditional cuisines of the regions

Get a IWS Prep Certificate!

You can sit in an exam with only 50 multiple-choice questions. Passing students will be awarded the IWS Prep Certificate. The passing score is 60%.

What is included?

  • Classroom instruction by renowned wine educator Justin Chen
  • Extensive tasting of 35 wines
  • Italian cheese & wine pairing
  • A beautifully designed 125-page coursebook rich with photographs & maps – The Wines of Italy: Glass by Glass.
  • Access to high-quality e-learning activities designed to enrich the coursebook and support different learning styles; these activities include interactive e-learning modules with additional cultural highlights and quizzes.
  • Exam sit for you to acquire the IWS-Prep Certificate
8Total Learning Hours
3Sessions Maximum

Italian Wine Scholar - Your Next Step!

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 maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

Italian Wine Scholar (IWS)

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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