This programme was created by native Italian, Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia. The Italian Wine Scholar™ study program mirrors the unparalleled level of depth, accuracy, detail and academic rigor offered by the acclaimed French Wine Scholar™ program. Like the French Wine Scholar program, the Italian Wine Scholar study and certification program also confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exams (Ex: John Smith, IWS).
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
- There will be two separate study manuals and two separate exams. The Italian Wine Scholar™ credential/pin is based on the final composite score (Unit 1&2). This format makes it much easier to retain information and to pass the exam. Students register for each unit separately.
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER STUDYING THE IWS COURSE?
- IWS is designed to test for proficiency in ALL the wines and wine regions of Italy.
- IWS is ideal for those currently studying or completed WSET Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma as an ideal supplement
- IWS is also ideal for sommeliers, importers and distributors and for those who hold an enthusiastic interest for the Italian wine industry
- The Italian Wine Scholar curriculum is comprised of six ONLINE x 2.5 hour classes
- There is an additional seventh lesson which is the examination evening (Note: the exam in held IN-PERSON at West London Wine School)
- A minimum of 6 wines will be tasted per class
This course is delivered ONLINE over six weeks. Regular internet access and participation is essential.
PLEASE NOTE: The course fee includes a tasting kit of 50ml samples of all wines tasted on the course. Students are able to book onto the course without receiving wine samples for a reduced fee. Please read below for more information about course wine options.
The Italian Wine Scholar - Unit 1 Online Course covers the same syllabus as the classroom course.
Please note that the exam is completed in person and not online. The course fee includes an attended examination at West London Wine School.
Course Schedule & Important Dates:
- Monday 18th January 2021 at 4pm: Registration Deadline
- Monday 25th January 2021 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm: 1st LIVE virtual classroom session
- Monday 1st February 2021 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm: 2nd LIVE virtual classroom session
- Monday 8th February 2021 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm: 3rd LIVE virtual classroom session
- Monday 15th February 2021 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm: 4th LIVE virtual classroom session
- Monday 22nd February 2021 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm: 5th LIVE virtual classroom session
- Monday 1st March 2021 at 7:00pm - 9:30pm: 6th LIVE virtual classroom session
- In-Person EXAM: Monday 15th March 2021 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- NOTE: All live virtual sessions will be recorded, so if you are unable to attend one of the sessions above as planned, you can revisit the lesson in your own time.
WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND A LIVE SESSION?
Don't worry! All live sessions are recorded and you will be able to access recordings of each session securely via the E-Learning Wine portal. This means that you can catch up on any lesson at any time.
For this course, students will receive a tasting kit with 50ml samples of the 60 wines tasted throughout the duration of this course. These tasting kits will be delivered in two segments – the 1st during the week leading up to the start of the course (provided the course booking is made at least 3 working days’ prior to the course start date), and the 2nd after the 3rd lesson of the course.
- 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.
- If you do NOT want to receive a tasting kit, and just want to book onto the course without receiving wine samples – NO PROBLEM! Please just enter the code SCHOLARITREG as a ‘Promotional Code’ upon checking out, and the tasting kit associated fees on this course will be removed before you make course payment. Course fee without wine samples is £525.
The course fee includes:
- Wine sample tasting kit containing all wines tasted throughout the course
- A comprehensive study manual which also serves as reference book
- Learning objectives for each region
- Interactive online study modules for each region (link)
- Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
- Pronunciation exercises
- Access to live and recorded review webinars with Maurizio Broggi, Education Director for Italy
- Professional tuition by Wine Scholar Guild certified tutor
- Examination fees (NOTE: Exam is in-person at West London Wine School)
- Internationally-recognised qualification certificate and pin for those who pass both units.