Italian Wine Essentials

Course Fees

From MYR 3980 nett per person

What you get and what is included:

  • Italian Wine Essentials
    - Study Pack (Workbook + Textbook)*
  • Samples for tasting during curriculum
  • One sitting of examination (subsequent re-sits chargeable)

*If applicable / provided by education principal

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About this course:

WSG Essentials present the often complex world of Italian wine in an accessible and engaging way; highlighting “need to know” regions, grape varieties and wine styles. Students explore the culture, cuisine, history, viticulture and winemaking principles behind the most influential wine regions in the world.

Course objective:

1. Understand the key environmental factors and viticultural practices and how they impact the style and quality of each “need to know” wine.
2. Understand the key vinification and winemaking practices that impact the style and quality of each “need to know” wine.
3. Understand the basic tenets of Italian wine law and recall labeling terms.
4. Know the grape varieties, styles and quality levels of wines produced within the designated appellations.

Course Outline:

Introduction to Italy
- Dig into historical highlights
- Explore the climate, soils and topography
- Learn the keys to understanding Italian wine law and deciphering Italian wine labels
- Wine styles and cuisine
Sparkling and Sweet Wines
- Introduction to the sparkling wines of Northern Italy
- Learn the different ways that sparkling wine is made
- Take a virtual journey to the stunning landscapes of Conegliano Valdobbiadene and Franciacorta
- Uncover the lesser-known side of Prosecco
- Learn about one of Italy's trendiest drinks - Lambrusco
- Satisfy your sweet tooth with the wines of Asti DOCG
Northern Italy: Piemonte, Veneto, Lombardia and Friuli Venezia Giulia
- There is more to Italian white wine than Pinot Grigio! Learn about the delicious winess made from Italy’s very own Cortese, Turbiana and more!
- Delve into the Valpolicella region and uncover the secrets of Soave DOC. & Soave Superior DOCG and Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
- Barolo DOCG & Barbaresco DOCG - experience Nebbiolo and its many facets
Central Italy: Toscana, Umbria and Marche
- Discover the many expressions of Sangiovese from historic appellations such as Chianti Classico DOCG, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
- Learn about the Super Tuscans and beautiful Bolgheri DOC by the sea
- Explore regional specialties such as Vin Santo
Southern Italy: Sicily, Sardinia, Campania and Puglia
- Learn how Vermentino di Gallura DOCG and Cannonau DOC may be one of the secrets of Sardegna’s Blue Zone!
- Discover the hidden treasures of Campania, including Greco di Tufo DOCG, Fiano di Avellino DOCG and Taurasi DOCG
- Explore exotic Etna DOC, and more


4 Sessions (7 hours each) + 1 Session (Exam) on Schedule

Course assessment:

The exam is comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions. Students have 45 minutes to complete the exam. Passing score is 60%. There is no wine tasting component on the exam.

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
You must be of legal drinking age to participate in any alcohol tasting.
However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification.


Upon passing, receive your well-deserved WSG Essentials certificate, acknowledging you have gained proficiency in the wines of France

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