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Our sessions for Unit Two will include 24 hours of classroom instruction with tutored tasting taught by approved instructors, plus:

  • The 316-page full-color Unit Two Italian Wine Scholar study manual
  • 1-year access to the Unit Two Italian Wine Scholar online study program for class prep and review
  • Registration for the Unit Two Italian Wine Scholar Exam

A total of over 37 different wines will be tasted over the course of the Unit 2.

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Who is this program for?

The Italian Wine Scholar Program covers Italian wine law, grape varieties and their organoleptic profiles, viticulture, winemaking, wine industry trends and economics and all DOCs and DOCGs with their regulations, wine styles and specificities. This core body of knowledge is important whether you sell wine, buy wine or teach about wine.

The IWS program allows wine professionals to set themselves apart from their peers by specializing in the wines of Italy.

More about the Italian Wine Scholar Program Unit Two:

Program Providers: The program is exclusively taught by authorized program providers.

Certification Exam:  The exam for each unit is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions. 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.

Online Study Program: To complement the manual and classroom experience for Unit Two, there are multimedia E-learning modules and online self-evaluation quizzes for each region, instructor Q&A forum for personal assistance as well as downloadable maps.

Detailed Curriculum: The Italian Wine Scholar manuals follow a regional approach with strong tie-ins to terroir. Each chapter is designed for maximum content retention and utilizes a systematic approach allowing the student to compare and contrast each of the Italian wine regions. Manuals are current and discuss the most recent trends. They are printed in full-color, are rich in imagery and peppered with the iconic wine labels of each region. Every DOC/G is discussed (vs. just mentioned) and triaged by need-to-know icons. Emphasis is given to the flavor and structure profiles of DOC/G wines.

Italian Wine Scholar, Unit Two Upcoming Courses and Exams

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