Italian Wine Essentials

Your gateway to the captivating world of Italian wines.


Available starting March 15, 2024

25 hours of study

Online or classroom study


Program Overview

Italian Wine Essentials certification program introduces you to the key wine regions of Italy, allowing you to understand the culture, history and winemaking fundamentals behind 39 of the most influential Italian DOC's and DOCG’s.

Our immersive course design unfolds in three vibrant modules—Wines of Northern Italy, Central Italy and Southern Italy. Each module highlights the viticultural and vinification techniques behind the most important Italian wine styles you should know. 

The comprehensive structure includes a 125-page study manual, interactive learning resources and expert instructors to guide you through a sensory adventure across Italy. The program is available in a flexible online format or via in-person classes through one of our global Approved Program Providers near you.

Italian Wine Essentials is more than a course; it's a prelude to a lifelong romance with Italian wines and a stepping-stone to the internationally revered Italian Wine Scholar® Certification Program.

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What's Included

From a comprehensive study manual to interactive learning resources, expert instruction and an engaging student community, every element is meticulously curated to foster a profound understanding and appreciation of Italian wine culture.


Study Manual

Shipped to your address, the beautifully designed 125-page, coursebook, rich with photographs & maps, contains all the information you need to know. Immediate access to the digital e-book is also provided upon registration.


Online Study Modules

Access high-quality interactive e-learning activities designed to enrich the study manual and support different learning styles.


Expert Instructors

Learn from the most notable names in the industry—seasoned wine professionals and educators accredited by the Wine Scholar Guild.


Student Community

Network with the other students taking the Italian Wine Essentials, form a tasting group and build your wine network.


Final Exams

The course includes a 50-question multiple-choice exam covering all of the essential topics of the course.



Upon passing, receive your coveted Italian Wine Essentials certificate. Add this reputed credential to your LinkedIn profile and résumé or CV.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Italian Wine Essentials for?

• 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
• Anyone wishing to become more knowledgeable about Italy and its wine and food culture

Have a different question? Feel free to contact us.


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Available starting March 15, 2024