Italian Wine Scholar IWS by WSG®


The Italian Wine Scholar is the industry's most respected certification course on the wines of Italy.

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.

It was created with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia.

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

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

  • Unit 1: The Wines of Northern Italy
  • Unit 2: The Wines of Central & Southern Italy 

Students will receive a complete set of study materials, including the IWS Study Manual for Unit 2, IWS Online Study Program for Unit 2, Certified Educator in all live classes, Detailed central and southtern italian wine maps, Professional instructor support, wine tasting of samples from the most important regions during the class...

The unit 2 modules are:


• Toscana
• Marche
• Lazio
• Umbria, Abruzzo & Molise
• Campania
• Calabria
• Puglia & Basilicata
• Sicilia
• Sardegna

There will be two separate study manuals and two separate exams. The Italian Wine Scholar™ credential/pin is based on the final composite score (Units 1 & 2).

This format makes it much easier to retain information and to pass the exam.

Students register for each Unit separately. We highly recommend that students complete one Unit before moving on to the next. 

Note: Unit 1 & 2 can be taken in any order


Candidates who follow this in-depth curriculum on the wines of Italy and pass the exams, earn the Italian Wine Scholar™ (IWS) post-nominal which may be incorporated into a professional signature (e.g. John Smith, IWS).

The exam for each unit takes one hour and it 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.


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