Italian Wine Scholar

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


Italian Wine Scholar

There are two separate study manuals and two separate exams. The Italian Wine Scholar™ credential/pin is based on the final composite score (Unit 1&2). Students register for each unit separately and it is recommended that students complete one unit before moving on to the next. The units can be taken in any order.

Unit 1: The Wines of Northern Italy
Unit 2: The Wines of Central & Southern Italy

Course Content


The manuals structure the study of each of Italy’s 20 distinct wine regions in the following manner:

  • History, culture and traditions
  • Location and climate with their effects on viticulture and wines
  • Topography, geography and soils
  • Grape varieties and their organoleptic profiles
  • Viticulture and winemaking
  • Wine industry trends and economics
  • All DOCs and DOCGs with their regulations, wine styles and specificities


Taste over 30 wines from across Italy during each unit of the program!

Welcome Meeting


At the 2 1/2 hour welcome meeting you'll receive your manual, get login and password access to the online program. Review the Italian Wine Scholar program itself and receive tips on how to best study and prepare for the exam. Get acquainted with your fellow students! Form study and tasting groups.

Self-Study Segment 1 - 3 weeks


Study the manual, study the e-learning modules, watch the videos, and test your knowledge via the online quizzes. Need support? Reach out to your instructor through the student forum or email him or her directly.

Review & Tasting 1: 4 hours


Come back to class for an instructor-led review of the studied regions! We will go over the most difficult aspects of each region, start to connect all the dots, and taste and comment on a slate of 12-15 wines from these regions.

Self-Study Segment 2 - 3 weeks


Study the manual, study the e-learning modules, watch the videos, and test your knowledge via the online quizzes. Need support? Reach out to your instructor through the student forum or email him or her directly.

Review & Tasting 2 :4 hours


Come back to class for an instructor-led review of the studied regions! We will go over the most difficult aspects of each region, start to connect all the dots, and taste and comment on a slate of 12-15 wines from these regions. We'll cover additional review on the entire course.

Self-Study Segment 3 - 3 weeks


Study the manual, study the e-learning modules, watch the videos, and test your knowledge via the online quizzes. Need support? Reach out to your instructor through the student forum or email him or her directly.

Review & Tasting 3 :4 hours


Come back to class for an instructor-led review of the studied regions! We will go over the most difficult aspects of each region, start to connect all the dots, and taste and comment on a slate of 12-15 wines from these regions. We'll cover additional review on the entire course.

Self-Study Segment 4 - 3 weeks


Study the manual, study the e-learning modules, watch the videos, and test your knowledge via the online quizzes. Need support? Reach out to your instructor through the student forum or email him or her directly.

Review & Tasting 4 :4 hours


Come back to class for an instructor-led review of the studied regions! We will go over the most difficult aspects of each region, start to connect all the dots, and taste and comment on a slate of 12-15 wines from these regions. We'll cover additional review on the entire course.

Exam takes place 1 weeks after the final review session



IWS is a great resource and supplement for students of wine moving toward advanced general wine
study programs such as WSET Diploma, Master of Wine program, Court of Master Sommeliers’
Advanced Sommelier (and up) or Certified Wine Educator.

Included in the registration with WEI is the complete study package (study manual, online program and in-class exam sit).

NOTE: YOU CAN TAKE THE UNITS IN ANY ORDER. For instance Unit 1 is not a requirement for Unit 2.

Classes are held on MONDAY nights at 6pm at Bitto Bistro. Bitto Bistro is at 14697 Delaware St #1000, Westminster CO 80023.

Price: $ 750.00

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