A course designed to help you discover many of Italy’s most important wines and grape varieties.

Discovering Italian Wine™ is an ideal introductory course for anyone just getting started on their wine journey or who is expanding out of their comfort zone (California, France, etc.). The best part is the way this course walks you through the complex world of Italian wines, step by step.

The course was developed by Italian Wine Central for anyone in wine sales, service or distribution who aspires to learn more. It is also a perfect primer for wine aficionados who want to learn about the culture of Italian wine. 

Complete with online visuals, exercises, and an optional final exam to test your new knowledge. No prior experience of Italian wines is required. (That’s why it’s called “Discovering”!)

Please note your course starts immediately upon enrollment, and you will have 12 months of course access.

No prerequisites are required.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome

    • About the Course

    • DIW Study Resources

    • Wine Tasting Resources

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Introduction to Italian Wine

    • 1.1 | Bella Italia

    • 1.2 | A Little History

    • 1.3 | Setting the Stage

    • 1.4 | Italy: The Country

    • 1.5 | Italy: The Regions

    • 1.6 | Tuscany (Toscana)

    • 1.7 | Piedmont (Piemonte)

    • 1.8 | Veneto

    • 1.9 | Campania

    • 1.10 | Puglia

    • 1.11 | Sicily (Sicilia)

    • Lesson 1 Review

  • 3

    Lesson 2: 11 Key Italian Red Grape Varieties

    • Intro to Lesson 2

    • 2.1 | Sangiovese

    • 2.2 | Montepulciano

    • 2.3 | Lambrusco

    • 2.4 | Nebbiolo

    • 2.5 | Barbera and Dolcetto

    • 2.6 | Aglianico

    • 2.7 | Negroamaro and Primitivo

    • 2.8 | Nero d’Avola

    • 2.9 | Cannonau

    • 2.10 | International Varieties Part 1

    • 2.11 | International Varieties Part 2

    • Lesson 2 Review

  • 4

    Lesson 3: 11 Key Italian White Grape Varieties

    • Intro to Lesson 3

    • 3.1 | Pinot Grigio

    • 3.2 | Moscato

    • 3.3 | Verdicchio

    • 3.4 | Vermentino

    • 3.5 | Vernaccia

    • 3.6 | Fiano

    • 3.7 | Greco

    • 3.8 | Falanghina

    • 3.9 | Grillo

    • 3.10 | Friulano

    • 3.11 | Trebbiano

    • 3.12 | Other International Varieties

    • Lesson 3 Review

    • Epilogue to Lesson 3

  • 5

    Lesson 4: 11 Wines Named After Grape Varieties

    • Intro to Lesson 4

    • 4.1 | Place-Name Protection

    • 4.2 | Denominations on Labels

    • 4.3 | Denominations That Specify a Grape Variety

    • 4.4 | Barbera d’Asti

    • 4.5 | Dolcetto d’Alba

    • 4.6 | Pinot Grigio delle Venezie

    • 4.7 | Vernaccia di San Gimignano

    • 4.8 | Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

    • 4.9 | Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

    • 4.10 | Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro

    • 4.11 | Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo

    • 4.12 | Aglianico del Vulture

    • 4.13 | Cannonau di Sardegna

    • 4.14 | Others

    • Lesson 4 Review

  • 6

    Lesson 5: 11 Red Wines Named After Places

    • Intro to Lesson 5

    • 5.1 | Quality Levels

    • 5.2 | DOCs and DOCGs

    • 5.3 | Chianti and Chianti Classico

    • 5.4 | Brunello di Montalcino

    • 5.5 | Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

    • 5.6 | Barolo

    • 5.7 | Barbaresco

    • 5.8 | Nizza

    • 5.9 | Dogliani

    • 5.10 | Amarone della Valpolicella

    • 5.11 | Bardolino

    • 5.12 | Taurasi

    • Lesson 5 Review

  • 7

    Lesson 6: 11 White, Pink, Sparkling, and Dessert Wines Named After Places

    • Intro to Lesson 6

    • 6.1 | Additional Label Terms

    • 6.2 | White Wines | Gavi

    • 6.3 | Lugana

    • 6.4 | Soave

    • 6.5 | Orvieto

    • 6.6 | Frascati

    • 6.7 | Pink Wines

    • 6.8 | Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo

    • 6.9 | Sparkling Wines

    • 6.10 | Franciacorta

    • 6.11 | Asti

    • 6.12 | Prosecco

    • 6.13 | Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco

    • 6.14 | Dessert Wines

    • 6.15 | Vin Santo

    • Lesson 6 Review

  • 8

    Lesson 7: 11 Places That Make Multiple Styles of Wine

    • Intro to Lesson 7

    • 7.1 | Etna

    • 7.2 | Roero

    • 7.3 | Bolgheri

    • 7.4 | Collio

    • 7.5 | Langhe and Piemonte

    • 7.6 | Alto Adige/Südtirol, Trentino, and Valdadige

    • 7.7 | Sicilia

    • 7.8 | IGPs

    • Lesson 7 Review

  • 9

    Course Wrap-up

    • Final Thoughts

    • Intro to the Practice Test

    • Discovering Italian Wine Certificate Exam

About Italian Wine Central

Experts in Italian Wine


Italian Wine Central (IWC) is the leading English-language source of accurate, up-to-date information about Italian wine, recognized as a key spokes medium for Italian wine in the United States. IWC’s resources include a comprehensive website, two educational programs, and  Into Italian Wine, now in its 5th edition.

Over 1,200 individuals have taken IWC courses, and Italian Wine Central has certified more than 500 wine professionals in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Online at ItalianWineCentral.com since 2013, the IWC website features a wealth of information on every Italian wine denomination, including clear, concise summaries of the primary rules and regulations, details about more than 200 of the grape varieties used in Italian wines, statistics about the global and Italian wine trade, and topical articles and educational features.  The website is organized in a powerful, searchable database that is optimized for mobile devices.

With website users in 225 countries and territories, Italian Wine Central serves as a central network for wine professionals wanting to learn and teach about Italian wines.

Why you will LOVE taking this online certification class!

Receiving recognition is a pivotal moment for you. Once you have successfully passed the exam we will send you your certificate and badges.

  • Digital Certificate

    Our digital certificate and badges are designed so you can share your achievement with a single click. You can share to 100+ social media platforms, and it's easy to add your achievement to LinkedIn.

  • Share Your Success

    Any digital certificates can easily be saved as a PDF with all of your certificate information in place. You can print your achievement and hang it on your wall if you really miss having a traditional paper certificate.

  • Build Your Reputation

    You can even embed your digital certificates and badges into your email signatures or website to share your achievements with their colleagues and clients.

FAQ

  • Is there a book with the course?

    No, the course is entirely online, so students should take notes during the course if they want hard-copy study materials.

  • Is there any wine tasting involved?

    Tasting the wines of Italy during the course is a great way to get the full measure of the course material, but it is not required. There is no tasting component for the final exam.

  • What is the final exam like and what do I get if I pass?

    At the end of the course, there is an optional final exam included with the purchase of the course. The test is 30 questions long, with a variety of question types. A practice exam is available after the last lesson to help you prepare for the actual exam. Learners who pass the exam will be sent a printable Certificate of Completion. Passing status is the equivalent to scoring 75% or higher. Most importantly, after completing Discovering Italian Wine, those who work in wine sales will have more confidence in presenting Italian wines and consumers will be more knowledgeable about Italian wine and will be more comfortable with shopping for and ultimately get more enjoyment from Italian wines.

  • How does this course complement other wine courses?

    Discovering Italian Wine is ideal for anyone in retail and restaurant wine service or distribution and sales. It is also a perfect primer for wine aficionados who want to learn about the culture of Italian wine. This course is highly recommended for students and professionals pursuing the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) program between the introductory and certified levels. Anyone who is studying for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) program between levels II and III or the Society of Wine Educators (SWE) program before attempting the CSW. Of course, for anyone specializing in Italian wine, this course is a natural lead-in to the Italian Wine Professional (IWP) certification.