Our Italian Wine Scholar Guild courses

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Italian Wine Prep Course

WINE   /  3 times 2-hr online webinars   /  €295 per person

IWS Prep is designed to address the needs of the inquisitive wine enthusiast and aspiring wine professional alike. IWS Prep remains accessible but is content-rich and full of cultural highlights that are as engaging as they are entertaining. The program provides an introduction to Italy and its wine regions. This is a passport to Italian wine and a stepping-stone to the internationally acclaimed Italian Wine Scholar, a professional certification program on the wines of Italy.


Italian Wine Scholar, Unit 1 & 2

WINE   /  4 days in Florence   /  €950 per person, per unit

The Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) certification program is an advanced course of study and academic in nature. Endorsed by the Italian Trade Commission (ITA), it is designed for those aiming to specialize and set themselves apart from their wine industry peers. The course is comprehensive in nature and requires a substantial time commitment. Prior knowledge of Italian wine is recommended. This is a certification program. Successful completion (passing the exam) confers an internationally recognized post-nominal (e.g. Rebecca Christophersen, IWS).

The program is set up with 2 Units that cover all the Italian wine regions, got-to-know appellations, and grapes. The courses are offered in Florence as a 4-day boot-camp format twice a year (November & March) with a 100-question multiple-choice exam at the conclusion. 

The Italian Wine Institute is an approved provider of the Wine Scholar Guild's Italian wine programs.

The Wine Scholar Guild is an international wine education organization providing successful students with professional certificates well recognized around the world.

At the Italian Wine Institute of Florence, we offer the stepping stone Prep Course (online course over 3 weeks), and the boot camp version of the Italian Wine Scholar course (2 units):