Italian Wine Scholar

The Italian Wine Scholar is the most comprehensive course on Italian wines, bar none. Due to the enormouse quantity of information regarding Italian wine the course is broken up into two Units. Unit 1 covers northern Italy and Unit 2 covers central and southern Italy. During Unit 1 we will meet for 8 sessions:

Session 1: History, Geography, Viticulture and Viniculture, Liguria, Valle d'Aosta

Session 2: Piemonte

Session 3: Trentino - Alto Adige

Session 4: Veneto

Session 5: Fruili-Venezia Giulia

Session 6: Lombardia

Session 7: Emilia-Romagna

Session 8: Exam

The exam for each unit is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions. Candidates need a composite score of 75% to receive the credential, i.e. the scores from both exams are added together and averaged for final assessment.

The cost of Unit 1 is $800 which includes the 8 sessions, over 40 wines tasted, the study manual (which also serves as a reference guide), access to the online study program for one year (learning  modules, pronunciation guides, practice exams and more) and the exam. The fee does not include membership in the Wine Scholar Guild. If you would like to become a member of the Wine Scholar Guild please go here.

For a more comprehensive course decription please visit the Italian Wine Scholar page.

"I am very impressed with the first edition of the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 study manual which is well researched and thoughtfully laid out. The dense information is well organized and includes graphs, color photographs and wine labels, making it both visually appealing as well as informative. Given the sheer amount of information, it is a great idea to divide the course material into regions. I would recommend the Italian Wine Scholar study program for anyone who really wants to learn about the complex and fascinating wine regions of Italy."
Jeannie Cho Lee MW 李志延  葡萄酒大師 Jeannie Cho Lee is the first Asian Master of Wine (MW) and an award-winning author, wine critic and educator. Jeannie is Contributing Editor for Decanter

"I am impressed by the thoroughness of research that has gone into the Italian Wine Scholar study manual, and by the clear way it is laid out. I am sure that this course will prove very useful for the growing numbers of wine students wishing to improve their knowledge of wines in general and Italian wines in particular." » Nicolas Belfrage MW, author of the acclaimed and benchmark books on Italian wines “Barolo to Valpolicella: the Wines of Northern Italy”  and “Brunello to Zibibbo: the Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy”