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Italian Wine Professional 8-Week Online Course

4.80 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
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Italian Wine Central Level 2 Course:

The IWP online course includes:

  • Access to the Italian Wine Professional 8-week online course and online exam
  • Coverage of all 20 Italian regions and all styles of Italian wine, in a single comprehensive course
  • The Italian Wine Professional Certification Course Book – 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
  • Live and recorded webinars by renowned industry experts
  • Engaging online learning modules
  • Online quizzes
  • Full instructor support
  • Italian pronunciation practice and additional support options
  • The Italian Wine Professional online exam


This course is ideal for:

  • Those who work in the retail or restaurant segments
  • 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.

Course Description

The Italian Wine Professional course is recommended for anyone who wants to strengthen his or her knowledge base on the subject of Italian wine. The 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. Ideal candidates include:

  • Those who have experience with wine but have not dealt much with Italian wine
  • Those who are familiar with some of the more famous categories of Italian wine but want to broaden their scope to less familiar territory
  • Those who work in retail, restaurant, import, and distribution roles selling, evaluating, or competing against Italian wines
  • Wine writers, educators, and avid connoisseurs who wish to increase their knowledge of Italian wine
  • Anyone who has a passion for Italian wine but wants help in understanding Italian wine labels, expanding their horizons in choosing wines on a wine list, or appreciating the differences between the myriad Italian wine styles

The course is particularly recommended for 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. 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.).

Italian Wine Professional™ Certification Course Book & Study Guide Features

  • Into Italian Wine front coverOrganized 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
  • Denominations, grape varieties, and other key facts that come up in daily conversation or work-related activities
  • Dozens of full-color images and custom-produced maps
  • Clear, concise grape variety profiles
  • 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
In addition, throughout, students will be exposed to:
  • A practical tasting approach geared toward understanding what’s in the bottle
  • Grape variety profiles and Italy’s major wine styles
  • Geography through the use of original color maps
  • Navigating restaurant wine lists and examples of retail wine sets
  • Italian cuisine and its relationship with Italian wines
  • Italian language pronunciation exercises

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.

 “Italy by far is the most daunting country for any student of wine. The mere scale of regions, styles of wine, grapes, and vineyards can seem truly overwhelming. A good course book is absolutely essential for any success in learning and Into Italian Wine: The Italian Wine Professional Certification Course by Jack and Geralyn Brostrom is just that book. It is superbly organized with a structure that deftly balances big picture topics with all the necessary details. The manual also includes a multitude of easily readable maps—another vital key to effective learning. Students of wine will find Into Italian Wine: The Italian Wine Professional Certification Course to be an invaluable guide to the most complex country in the world of wine.”

Tim Gaiser Master Sommelier

 “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 gaps. For 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

Course Date

March 23-May 17, 2018, April 27-June 22, 2018, May 25-July 19, 2018, June 22-Aug 16, 2018, July 27-Sep 20, 2018, Aug 24-Oct 19, 2018, Sep 28-Nov 23, 2018, Oct 26-Dec 21, 2018, Nov 23, 2017-Jan 18, 2019

Course Format

Online Course


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Knowledge Level


Course Type

Enthusiast, Professional

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 4 out of 5 IWP

    Menno Ozinga (verified owner):

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

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