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Online Course: Italian Wine Scholar - Prep

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The Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) Prep course 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.

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.

This engaging and informative course will enable you to:

  • Acquire fundamental Italian wine knowledge in just weeks
  • 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

All you need to enter the program is an interest in learning more about the wines of Italy!

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify the location of the profiled appellations on a map of Italy
  • Describe the style of each of the wines covered in the session
  • Recall the main grape varieties associated with each wine covered in the session
  • Understand how key environmental factors have influenced the style of the wines
  • Recall vinification and aging techniques that contribute to the style of the wines
  • Decrypt the meaning of key labelling terms

Italy is home to over 400 DOCs and DOCGs; IWS Prep introduces you to 39 of the most well-known appellations. Thirty-two primary appellations are covered in significant detail, with seven “Detour” appellations included to round out the curriculum. Grape varieties, wine profiles and labelling terms are all explored. Each wine is presented within a regional and cultural context. Local landmarks and traditional cuisines are also highlighted.




  • Live online tuition with an expert West London Wine School tutor (a series of three 2.5 hour classes)
  • Extensive tasting (20+ wines will be tasted as part of this course, sent to students as 50ml samples)
  • A beautifully designed 125-page, landscape-format coursebook - 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.
  • An optional exam (the exam will be hosted IN-PERSON. Please see full course schedule for more details)



  • Online Lesson: Wednesday 12th January 2022, 7pm - 9:30pm The wines of Northern Italy
  • Online Lesson: Wednesday 19th January 2022, 7pm - 9:30pm The wines of Central Italy
  • Online Lesson: Wednesday 26th January 2022, 7pm - 9:30pm The wines of Southern Italy
  • In-Person Optional Exam*: Wednesday 2nd February 2022, 7pm - 7:45pm


For this course, students will receive a tasting kit with 50ml samples of the wines tasted blind throughout the duration of this tasting. 

  • Tasting kit delivery can be made to anywhere within the UK. If you are interested in receiving the tasting kit, however the delivery address is not within the UK, please get in touch BEFORE booking as depending where you are located, we may be able to still arrange delivery for an additional fee.

Enrollment in this engaging and informative course includes an optional exam sit. The optional exam is comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 45 minutes, passing score is 60%. Passing students will be awarded the IWS Prep Certificate. Please note: the exam will need to be sat IN-PERSON at West London Wine School's venue in Fulham, London.

If you do not want to sit the course exam, please enter the PROMOTIONAL CODE 'NOEXAMIWSP' when checking out. This will remove £25 from your course fee.

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