Italian Wine Scholar®

The most complete and in-depth certification on the wines of Italy

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1,052 global graduates


Unit 1 Educator-led starts
September 17

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75 hours of study per unit

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Online or classroom study

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From $725 per unit

Program Overview

Embark on a journey deep into the heart of Italy with the Italian Wine Scholar® Program, the quintessential offering from Wine Scholar Guild — the international authority on authentic wines of place. 

The Italian Wine Scholar® program sets the industry standard as the most detailed and comprehensive certification program devoted entirely to the wines of Italy. It is composed of two separate units, that can be studied in any order:

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

Tailored for dedicated wine enthusiasts and industry professionals, IWS is your passport to understanding the regions, myriad of indigenous grape varieties, art of winemaking, history and rich cultural traditions that make Italian wine so special.

Whether you're opting for the flexibility of online study or the immersive atmosphere of in-person classroom instruction, the IWS curriculum is as comprehensive as it gets. ​

Completion of the program doesn’t just reward you with a certificate; it confers upon you the sought-after IWS post-nominal initials, symbolizing advanced-level proficiency and industry-wide respect.​

With the Italian Wine Scholar® program, you're not just learning; you're enriching your understanding and appreciation of Italian wine.​

What's Included

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


Study Manuals

Shipped to your address, each unit includes a study manual that includes all of the information you need to know. Immediate access to the corresponding e-book is also provided upon registration.


Online Study Modules

The IWS online study modules offer interactive activities in a measurable and meaningful format designed for maximum content retention and ease of use.


Expert Instructors

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


Student Community

Network with the other students studying the Italian Wine Scholar®, form a tasting group and build your wine network.


Final Exams

Each unit includes a 100-question multiple-choice exam. The scores from both exams are added together and averaged for final assessment.



Upon passing both units, receive your coveted Italian Wine Scholar® certificate and lapel pin. Add this reputed credential to your LinkedIn profile and résumé or CV.

Download the detailed IWS curriculum

Read full details about the regions covered and the chapters included in both units of the program.

Why People Choose Italian Wine Scholar®

Study Options

Choose from online or classroom formats based on your schedule and preferred learning style. Rest assured that the final exam and certification remain consistent across all formats.

Independent Learning
Educator-Led Learning
Classroom Learning


Study at your own pace, from anywhere at any time.

Study from anywhere, anytime with the addition of 10 live educator-led lectures.

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Study in-person at one of our 130 Course Providers around the world. 

Educator Support

Interact with WSG Educators via the online community.

Interact with WSG educators via live sessions and online community. 

Receive in-person classroom support from WSG-certified educators.

Length of Study

12 months from date of enrollment to take the exam.

1 live course every 10 weeks with 12 months from date of enrollment to take the exam.

Schedule and length of term vary by Course Provider.

Wine Tasting

Maximize learning with a list of recommended wines to sample on your own.

Maximize learning with a list of recommended wines to sample on your own.

Enjoy tutored wine tastings in the classroom.

Study Manual (Print & E-book Versions)

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Interactive online learning modules, pronunciation exercises, quizzes and flashcards

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Live Course Instruction

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Online Student Community

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Final Exam

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Certificate, Lapel Pin and Use of Post-Nominal Upon Passing

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Start Date

Start Anytime

Unit 1 starts September 17
Unit 2 starts September 19

Varies by Provider




Varies by Provider

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Passionate wine enthusiasts and aficionados, students of wine, avid travelers and life-long learners craving deeper knowledge and expertise of Italian wine styles and regions.​
  • Aspiring sommeliers seeking a leg up and competitive advantage in the industry.
  • Professionals in the hospitality sector aiming to elevate their expertise with specialized knowledge.

Have a different question? Feel free to contact us.


Elevate your expertise

Unit 1 Educator-led online study starts September 17
Unit 2 Educator-led online study starts September 19