The Wines of Italy

IWS Prep Course

The perfect course for anyone who desires to understand Italy's vast gastronomic culture

This new and amazing introductory course to Italy's wines by the Wine Scholar Guild is aimed at anyone curious to get more familiar with the Italian wine regions, grapes, history, and general gastronomy. 

In fact, this is the perfect prep course for anyone who has travelled to or who plans to travel to the Italian peninsula.

After completing this course you will find yourself comfortable about conversing about Italian wine culture and navigating wine lists and shops with much more confidence.


3 online sessions to get to know every Italian region from the North to the Centre and South.

A comprehensive course by the internationally recognized Wine Scholar Guild, taught by Italian Wine Scholar Rebecca Christophersen Gouttenoire, living, eating & drinking in Italy since 1995.

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The IWS PREP course can be organized as an in-person experience for a group of min 8 people in Florence.

It can also be organized, for example, for the staff at a winery in Tuscany (for other Italian regions, please ask). The course can be run in 3 sessions of 2.5 hrs or as a one-day immersive session. It's an excellent course for a winery's sales team and as a corporate team-building activity to further skills on wine in English.

The course must be planned and ordered at least 8 weeks prior to the desired date (in order to order books, exams, wines).

Please email us for a quote or call (+39) 3337229716.

What is included?

  • Instruction in English by certified IWS instructor (a series of three 2 hr approx classes, or as an immersive full-day program)

  • 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

What about the exam?  

Enrollment in this engaging and informative course includes an optional exam sit. The optional exam is comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions. Students will be offered the opportunity to sit the exam at the Italian Wine Institute in Florence, the passing score is 60%.

What’s next?

Upon completion of the course, you will be ideally positioned to continue your learning with the esteemed Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) certification program!


Book your online course


In 2022 we plan on starting the in-person 2-Unit IWS certifications again and therefore refer to the Wine Scholar Guild for the Online Prep Course.

Possible, complimentary, add-ons:

Enhance your studies and get a taste of what we'll be talking about! As the header says, it's by no means necessary as we'll not be methodically tasting wines during the course. The course can very well be attended without any tasting pack. However, getting an understanding of the country's wines is certainly enhanced by tasting them. We've selected the wines to represent the most typical and fundamentally representative of the country's various regional characteristics.

A selection of 6 or 12 bottles of wines selected to accompany your studies (a third from Northern Italy, a third from Central Italy, and a third from Southern Italy).

Wines are be shipped from Italy, so please order at least 7 weeks before the course start (but you can order at any time, even after the course since they are for self-study).

6 bottles: 275 € shipping included*

12 bottles: 450 € shipping included*

(*only to the EU & USA - no islands, no Utah, no Alaska)