Wines of Italy Program - an Italian Wine Scholar Prep Course

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.

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.             


Session Date & Time

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



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

Formats Available

*Hybrid - Room/Zoom - NEW!

We've recently invested in some serious AV technology upgrades to create an integrated Hybrid Room/Zoom experience for all students.  Both "Roomers" and "Zoomers" are able to engage with us and each other during these live classes.  Recordings are also available after the class.  Whether you are excited to return to our beautiful venue in person or are enjoying the convenience of home learning, you can choose the experience that's right for YOU!  Learn more...

In-Person Location

San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Guided Wine Tasting Exercises

Wine is included in this program.  Students will taste over 20 Italian wines to bring learning objectives to life and practice your tasting techniques. All wines are selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and our instructors to represent a broad sampling of the classic wines of Italy.

Roomers will have wine in their glass in the classroom.  Zoomers will have tasting kits they can either pickup or have delivered for an additional fee.  View wine pickup and delivery options.

    About the Optional Exam

    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 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.

    Program Includes

    • 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 In-Person IWS Prep Exam
    • San Francisco Wine School Water Bottle


    All attendees must be 21+ years

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