Wines of Italy Program - an Italian Wine Scholar Prep Course

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Program Description

Explore the Wines of Italy Glass by Glass: This Italian Wine Scholar Prep program is the perfect foundation for the world of Italian Wine

Join us on a wine-focused journey through Italy, learning about legendary wines, foods, landmarks and cultural attractions as you “travel.”  Designed by Wine Scholar Guild for wine enthusiasts and aspiring professionals, t
his three-session course provides an introduction to Italy, explores its key wine regions and delivers core information on 39 of the country's need-to-know wines.

Each class features a different geographical area of Italy and a tantalizing palette of wines.


Wines of Italy consists of three 2.5-hour classes covering the following areas.  
  • Northern Italy
  • Central Italy
  • Southern Italy
followed by the
  • IWS Prep Exam

Guided Blind Tasting Exercises

Students will taste over 20 Italian wines to bring learning objectives to life and practice blind tasting techniques. All wines are carefully curated by Master Sommelier David Glancy to represent a broad sampling of the classic wines of Italy.


    The optional Italian Wine Scholar Prep exam is 45-minutes long and consists of 50 multiple choice questions.  The exam must be taken in person at San Francisco Wine School.  Online exam upgrades are granted by Wine Scholar Guild on an exception basis only and require an additional fee. 

    The IWS Prep Certificate will be issued to those individuals who achieve a score of 60 or higher. 

    The curriculum and teaching materials for the Italian Wine Scholar Prep program are the same regardless of whether you study in California or Calgary. Our curated tasting exercises and industry leading instructors will make the difference in your learning experience. 



    Installment plans available.  

    Group discounts are available.  Contact for more information.

    Included with Enrollment

    • 8 hours of live instructions with San Francisco Wine School's Industry Leading Instructors
    • Tastings of 20+ Wines of Italy carefully curated by Master Sommelier David Glancy
    • Official, full-color Wines of Italy coursebook rich with photographs and maps
    • Access to high-quality e-learning activities designed to enrich the coursebook and support different learning styles; these activities include interactive e-learning modules with additional cultural highlights and quizzes
    • Optional IWS Prep Exam
    • San Francisco Wine School Water Bottle

    2021 Session Dates & Times

    Session 1

    Mondays 6-8:30pm
    Jan 25-Feb 22

    Session 2

    Mondays 6-8:30pm
    Sep 20-Oct 4: Live Online Classes w/ Tasting Kits 
    Oct 11:  Optional Exam must be taken In-Person
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    San Francisco Wine School*
    415 Grand Ave #301
    South San Francisco, CA 94080
    Click for parking and public transportation information

     * See our latest Re-Opening Information for updates on In-Person and Online Classes.


    All attendees must be 21+ years

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