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Italian Wine Scholar Study and Certification Program

The Italian Wine Scholar Study and Certification program curriculum is an Italian wine education program designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization program on Italy bar none! It was created by native Italian, Maurizio Brioggi, DWS, FWS with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia.

The Italian Wine Scholar 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 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 program provides all the tools necessary to successfully master the wines of Italy at a professional level and is is composed of two separate units:

To become an Italian Wine Scholar and receive the IWS credential, candidates need to pass the exams for Unit 1 and Unit 2 with a composite score of 75%. The scores from both exams are added together and averaged for final assessment. Students with a composite score of 85-90 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS. Passing the exam for Unit 1 or Unit 2 alone does not confer the Italian Wine Scholar credential.

Set yourself apart from your peers. Specialize in the wines of Italy!

How does this program complement other, more general wine study program?

The Italian Wine Scholar program is a great resource and supplement for students of wine moving toward advanced general wine study programs such as WSET Diploma (level 4), Master of Wine, Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier (level 3 and up) or Society of Wine Educator’s Certified Wine Educator (CWE).

Many of these programs ask their students to do extensive independent research in order to study for their exam. To this end, the Italian Wine Scholar program serves as an advanced and comprehensive study supplement to help them master the complex wines of Italy.

To see current Italian Wine Scholar course offerings at the Capital Wine School, please click on one of the units listed above.

Learn more about the Italian Wine Scholar Class and curriculum with the Italian Wine Scholar Brochure


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