We partner with the top wine educator in the world, the Wine Scholar Guild, to provide in-depth classes that transform palates and deepen appreciation. These intensive classes allow you to focus on the nuances that define regions — and offer plenty of opportunities to taste as you learn.
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Your Foundation for the World of Italian Wine
IWS Prep is your passport to understanding Italian wine. It also acts as a stepping-stone to the internationally acclaimed Italian Wine Scholar certification program.
What does the program cover?
Italy is home to over 400 DOCs and DOCGs; IWS Prep introduces you to 39 of the most well-known appellations.
Thirty-two primary appellations are covered in significant detail, with seven “Detour” appellations included to round out the curriculum. Grape varieties, wine profiles, and labeling terms are all explored. Each wine is presented within a regional and cultural context. Local landmarks and traditional cuisines are also highlighted.
The program has been divided into three sections, each featuring a geographical area of Italy: Northern Italy, Central Italy, and Southern Italy.
Who is the IWS Prep program for?
- Inquisitive wine enthusiasts wanting to become more familiar with the intricacies of Italian wine
- Aspiring wine professionals
- Hospitality professionals new to the world of Italian wine
- Anyone wishing to become more knowledgeable about Italy, its wine, and its food culture!
Are there any prerequisites?
All you need to enter the program is a basic understanding of wine coupled with an interest in learning more!