6 class series plus 1-hr exam, $850

(Register a month or more before the first class and save $50!)

Italian Wine Scholar (Northern Italy) 6:30-9:00pm
Spring 2019
Feb 25, Mar 4,11, 18,25, and Apr 1. Exam on Apr 8th 6:30-7:30pm

The Italian Wine Scholar Study and Certification program provides up-to-date, extensive and precise information on the diverse wines and wine regions of Italy. This specialization program is designed for all intermediate and advanced students of wine, whether wine professionals or serious wine enthusiasts.  It was created by native Italian, Maurizio Brioggi, (Wine Scholar Guild Education Director for Italy) with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia and has now received the endorsement and patronage of the Italian Trade Commission.  

Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 of 2, covers the wines of Northern Italy.  Students will receive 18 hours of instruction, and the official full-color Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 study manual, in addition to 1 full year of access to the Italian Wine Scholar Online. Students will taste over 35 wines in the program.

Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 consists of 6 three-hour classes covering the following Northern Italian areas.  Each class within the full program can be taken as a single workshop.  Click the links to learn more!

  • Foundation, Valle D’Aosta, Liguria
  • Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna
  • Piemonte
  • Trentino, Alto Adige
  • Veneto
  • Friuli, Venezia, Giulia
  • Italian Wine Scholar Unit One Exam

This is Unit 1 of 2 in the series.  Unit 1 covers Northern Italy and Unit 2 covers Central and Southern Italy. Units I & II may be taken in any order, but you must complete both to become an Italian Wine Scholar IWS.

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. Students with a composite score of 85-90.5 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.


  • IWS Exam Fees
  • Official, full-color Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 study manual
  • 1 full year of access to the Italian Wine Scholar Online

*Students who register more than three weeks before the first class meeting will receive their study guide at the first class. — Students who register within three weeks of the first class date may not receive their study materials until the second class meeting.

  • February 25, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • March 4, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • March 11, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • March 18, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • March 25, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • April 1, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Exam:
    April 8, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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