Wines of Italy Program - an Italian Wine Scholar Prep Course

EXPLORE THE WINES OF ITALY GLASS BY GLASS: This Italian Wine Scholar Prep program is the perfect foundation for the world of Italian wine.

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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, this three-session course provides an introduction to Italy, explores its key wine regions and delivers core information on thirty-nine of the country's need-to-know wines.

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

This program may be used as preparation for the Italian Wine Scholar Certification Program or taken for pure enjoyment. 

We're proud to have been awarded the 2021 IWS Program Provider of the Year out of over 100 providers in 30 countries.  Evaluations were based upon enrollment numbers, pass rates, student evaluations, pro-active initiatives to adapt to Covid, as well as dynamism in terms of communication.  

Wines of Italy consists of three 2.5-hour classes covering the following areas:  

  • Northern Italy
  • Central Italy
  • Southern Italy

followed by the

  • Optional IWS Prep Exam

Session 1

Mondays 6-8:30pm
Jan 23-Feb 13, 2023

Session 2

Mondays 6-8:30pm
Jul 17-Aug 7, 2023

Hybrid - Room/Zoom

We've recently invested in some serious AV technology upgrades to create an integrated Hybrid Room/Zoom experience for all students, so each individual can choose to participate in-person as a "Roomer" with wine in their glass or online as a "Zoomer" with a custom tasting kit.  Both Roomers and Zoomers have the same wines and are able to engage with us and each other during these live classes. Recordings are also available within 1 business day after the class.  Learn more...

In-Person Location

San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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*See our latest COVID Safety Information

Online Info

You will receive the zoom link and any handouts needed a few days before class via email. Check spam and contact if you have not received it within 1 business day of your class/event.

If you have a tasting kit, it may be picked up at San Francisco Wine School or delivered across the US.  Wine parameter lists are available for those participating in locations where kits cannot be delivered.   View pickup and delivery options here.

Wine lists and instructions are included in your kit.  

Program Includes

$495pp* Registration Fee Includes

  • 8 hours of live instruction with San Francisco Wine School's Industry Leading Instructors
  • Tasting of 20+ Italian wines carefully curated by Master Sommelier David Glancy
  • Tasting kit creation for online participants (delivery is available across the US for an additional fee
  • 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 in-person IWS Prep exam
  • San Francisco Wine School water bottle

*Installment plans available. Group discounts are available. Contact for more information.

The optional Italian Wine Scholar Prep exam is 45-minutes long and consists of 50 multiple choice questions. The optional exam must be taken in person at San Francisco Wine School.  

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

All attendees must be 21+ years.

Scholarships Available

Are you in need of financial assistance to pay for this program? The Glancy Wine Education Foundation assists those looking to start or advance their career in wine or hospitality with educational scholarships of 60-100% depending on your level of need. Internship opportunites are also available through San Francisco Wine School. Learn More & Apply


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