Italian Wine Professional 8-Week Online Course

ONLINE SKU: Italian Wine Professional 8-Week Online Course
4.80 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
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$795.00

Become an expert on the most important wine producing country for the U.S. import market!

Are you looking to strengthen your knowledge base on the subject of Italian wine?

The Italian Wine Professional (IWP) program is designed to bring Italian wines into focus and provide the confidence necessary to discuss, sell, buy, and enjoy Italian wine at a professional level.

Coverage of all 20 Italian regions and all styles of Italian wine, in a single comprehensive course

The IWP takes students from a knowledge of the basics and broadens and deepens that knowledge to include less well-known wines from all over Italy. This course describes more than 80 grape varieties and over 100 wine-producing areas.

Features added cultural context with discussions of language, history, geography, and cuisine. Graduates of this program are certified as Italian Wine Professionals.

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Description

DESCRIPTION

Organized by wine style—the way in which most people buy and sell wine—an efficient and practical way to comprehend the large body of knowledge that is Italian wine, the IWP course presents a real-world scenario of Italian wine.

Denominations, grape varieties, and other key facts that come up in daily conversation or work-related activities are all included, beautifully illustrated with dozens of full-color images and custom-produced maps.

A clear, concise set of grape variety profiles is included in every unit.

A practical tasting approach geared toward understanding what’s in the bottle.  Finally, that ultimate confidence builder—pronunciation—is addressed with online Italian language pronunciation exercises and with the instructor in the live, in-person courses.

The Italian Wine Professional (IWP) Course is offered online and in person.  Both versions include full access to the online course as well as the complete course book, Into Italian Wine.

The online course includes:

  • Engaging online learning modules
  • Full instructor support
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Certification Course Book:  Into Italian Wine
  • Online quizzes
  • Italian pronunciation practice
  • New course start dates available every month
  • Suggested wine tasting samples provided
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly

The IWP program is a challenging but enjoyable course that introduces students to the wines and grape varieties that make up the vast majority of Italian exports, along with some that are still relatively unknown but show great promise. The course is designed to be practical and market relevant, so Italian Wine Central has worked with sommeliers and other Italian wine experts to select the wines and grape varieties that Italian wine professionals should know from memory, and the course focuses on those to ensure students’ time is well spent.

Topics covered:

  1. Introduction to Italy and Italian Wines
  2. Northern Italian Reds
  3. Central Italian Reds
  4. Southern Italian Reds
  5. White Wines of the Peninsula and Islands
  6. White Wines of Northern Italy
  7. Sparkling Wines, Dessert Wines, & Spirits
  8. Luxury Wines

The IWP course also includes:

The Italian Wine Professional™ Certification Course Book:  Into Italian Wine

  • Your offline study manual companion to the online program, comprising more than 200 pages, in full color, with all the information needed to master the course as well as additional reference materials
  • Diverse and comprehensive workbook exercises designed to aid students in their understanding and retention
  • Segments on pronunciation, vocabulary, cuisine, and culture that allow students to understand Italy’s wines within the cultural context of each region
  • Reference sections that make the book useful as a daily professional resource (post-study), including a complete list of all 407 DOPs and a synopsis of rules for denominations covered in the IWP course
  • Professionally edited and fully indexed for easy reference

STUDY MATERIALS FOR EACH UNIT INCLUDE

  • Learning objectives for each lesson
  • Illustrative maps
  • Audio listening/pronunciation exercises integrated with the Italian Wine Central website
  • Timed feedback tests at the end of each lesson
  • Tasting activities
  • Practice exam

ENROLLMENT INCLUDES

  • Registration & Exam Fee
  • Certification Course Book: Into Italian Wine
  • Access to the Online Course
  • IWP Certification upon successful passing of the final exam

REQUIREMENTS

There are no specific prerequisites for taking the Italian Wine Professional, but students with little prior knowledge of Italian wines may struggle to assimilate all the new information presented in the course. Though the Level 1 course is not required before taking the IWP, it is recommended for beginners. IWP students should be familiar with common wine terms and basic principles of viticulture and winemaking from previous experience or a general wine course.

ABOUT THE CERTIFICATE & EXAM

  • Online 100-point test; students have 60 minutes to complete the test.
  • A mix of question formats such as multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer.
  • Some questions involve maps, wine labels, images, and wine lists.
  • No tasting component.

Passing scores

  • 85 points for those who do not submit a presentation project.
  • 80 points, if a presentation is submitted; any bonus points awarded for the project are added to the exam score.
  • 90 points or above, not including presentation bonus points, is recognized with Honors.

Examinees who pass the exam are designated Italian Wine Professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the course

Who should take this course:

Retailers, restaurateurs, wine professionals who have Italian wine sales as one of their job requirements and who do not currently feel comfortable with their Italian wine knowledge. Those employed in a sales role at an importer or distributor selling, evaluating, or anyone whose portfolio is actively competing against Italian wines.

Wine writers, educators, public relations and marketing professionals with winery clients. Avid connoisseurs who wish to increase their knowledge of Italian wine. Anyone who has a passion for Italian wine and wants help in understanding Italian wine labels, choosing Italian wines on a wine list or appreciating the differences between the myriad Italian wine styles.

Those who are familiar with some of the more famous categories of Italian wine but want to broaden their scope to the less familiar territory. The IWP is also appropriate for wine consumers who like Italian wine but have little experience with it.

Also, the IWP makes a perfect first step to getting on solid ground regarding Italian wine before tackling high-level general credentials (e.g., Advanced Sommelier, WSET Diploma, etc.)

What do students receive if they pass the course?

In addition to the knowledge gained in the course and the tangible job benefit of being certified as an Italian Wine Professional, IWPs also receive the following:

  • Use of IWP mark and logo. Upon notification that they have passed the exam, course graduates may refer to themselves Italian Wine Professionals or IWPs and can use the IWP logo on professional business cards.
  • Certificates. Certificates are issued as evidence of having achieved the credential.
  • IWP directory listing. Names of successful IWPs are listed in the directory of active IWPs on the Italian Wine Central website.
  • Preferred rates on online access. IWPs are eligible for discounts on future online webinars and other programs.

Is there a book with the course?

Yes, the IWP online course and school-based courses include a copy of the accompanying book Into Italian Wine in the course tuition. The book contains most of the online course content, so it is ideal for review during and after the course. It also contains additional material that will be a handy reference on the job.

What the experts are saying about the program

“I have always felt that drinking wine without context is like visiting a country without having any idea of where you have landed. There may be impressions, even lasting ones, but they eventually become foggy in our memory. The course book for the Italian Wine Professional, Into Italian Wine, provides just such context to Italian wines. The Italian Wine Professional course provides an excellent and complete roadmap with which to navigate the world of Italian wines, from its very useful explanations of the terminology through the intricacies of the Italian and EU appellation laws… Into Italian Wine and the Italian Wine, Professional course are the perfect way to achieve the comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of all the major Italian wine regions and grape varieties essential for anyone selling, buying or drinking Italian wine.”

Leonardo LoCascio Founder, Winebow Inc., now the Winebow Group

“The IWP should be considered an essential credential for anyone that buys, sells, or drinks Italian wine.”

Jay Youmans Master of Wine, IWP

 What IWP graduates are saying about the program:

“With the growing interest in Italian wines in the U.S. and more styles of Italian wines becoming available, I would highly recommend the IWP course to anyone interested in learning about the many Italian wine regions, indigenous grapes, and styles of Italian wines at a professional level. This course should be a prerequisite for wine professionals who make up restaurant wine lists or make recommendations to customers in a wine shop.”

—Rick Cusker, IWP – educator and wine judge, Pittsford, NY

“This course has caused me to study Italian wines more intensely than I ever have. I have been working at wineries in Napa Valley for 14 years and now will feel far more confident about my discussions on certain Italian wine varietals, regions, and DOCGs.”

—Bob Becker, IWP – Hess Collection Winery, Napa, CA

 “The format is the future of professional education: brief, targeted, online–I will get 100 articles out of the material.”

—Andrew Chalk, IWP – wine writer, Dallas, TX

I would recommend the Italian Wine Professional course because it is the most effective course for aspiring Italian wines connoisseurs. As a sommelier, educator, and restaurateur, it refreshed and added additional in-depth notions about the ever-changing world of Italian wines. I will make use of the additional know-how through themed dinners, presentations, short courses, etc.”

—Luciano Nesi, IWP – L’Opera Restaurant Group, Manila, The Philippines

 “I now have a solid foundation of Italian wine regions and laws. I felt when studying WSET Unit 3 (light wines) that I wasn’t able to put nearly as much work into Italy as I did other regions, in large part because it was so big and expansive and, frankly, confusing. I definitely feel like I have a good foundation now, where the IWP was able to fill in the missing gapsFor someone who is looking for a solid foundation in Italian wine, this was a great class.”

—Jess Helfand, IWP – Bottle Babble, Alexandria, VA

Additional information

Region of Study

Italy

Course Date

Oct 26-Dec 21, 2018, Nov 23, 2018-Jan 18, 2019, Jan 18-Mar 15, 2019, Feb 15-Apr 12, 2019, Mar 22-May 17, 2019, Apr 26-Jun 21, 2019, May 24-Jul 19, 2019, Jun 21-Aug 16, 2019, Jul 26-Sep 20, 2019, Aug 23-Oct 18, 2019, Sep 27-Nov 22, 2019, Oct 25-Dec 20, 2019, Nov 22-Jan 17, 2020

Course Format

Online Course

Knowledge Level

Advanced

Location

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Course Type

Enthusiast, Professional

Career Path

Chef, F&B Manager, Importer, Retail Wine Sales, Sales & Marketing, Sommelier, Wine Buyer

Certification

Italian Wine Central

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tiy Bowton, IWP:

    The course is great. In all my studies, I’ve never had Italy broken down into such an organized, understandable way. Kudos to you and your team.

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  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Claire Hennessy, IWP:

    I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying the course – it’s extremely comprehensive and the information is presented so clearly. I’ve studied Italian wine with other organizations and I lived in Florence for ten years, and this program is SO useful and straightforward.

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  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dorothy L:

    The IWP course has helped me tremendously in my job as a wholesale wine buyer for a restaurant group. When examining supplier’s portfolios, I now have a clearer understanding of the various Italian denominations and some idea of what to expect when I taste the wines. I am far more comfortable engaging in conversation about Italian wines with suppliers, distributors, colleagues, and most importantly, customers. And the Italian Wine Central website is the first place I look when confronted with a DOC or grape variety that I don’t recognize. Incredibly helpful!

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  4. Rated 5 out of 5
    Great Italian course

    Kurt Garbars, IWP:

    Great course. The online material was some of the best I have ever seen. I enjoyed the format of the exam. It really made you know your stuff. In addition, it was fair with no trick questions.

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  5. Rated 4 out of 5
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    Menno Ozinga (verified owner):

    Great Italian wine course. Well structured going through the different regions of Italy and discussing their denominations. If you decide to follow the course online included is a textbook.

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