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WSG ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR Unit 1 – Study & Certification Program

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ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR
IN PERSON
ATHENS
INTENSIVE
DURATION: 17 HOURS
LANGUAGE: GREEK
PRIOR KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
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755€

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Study directly with America through WSPC and specialize in each of the largest wine producing countries: France, Italy, Spain. Vertical studies of the wines of Spain. Vertical studies of the wines of Italy ( Unit 1: Wines of Northern Italy.

About the course

WSG promotes vertical learning and specializes in the in-depth analysis of the relative country. The programmes cover each area thoroughly, analyzing the area’s viticulture, the viticultural and oenological practices, the varieties, the topography, the climate, the soil, the history and legislation.

This in-depth analysis allows WSPG to examine rare regions within each country, tasting typical wine from all regions, many of which are in fact extremely rare!

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The WSG Italian WINE SCHOLAR Units 1 & 2 are aimed at:

  • Students completing WSET Diploma, or WSET Diploma graduates may specialize in any country they wish investing in in-depth learning.
  • Students completing WSET Level 3 Award in Wines/ or graduates of WSET Level 3 Award in Wines now have the opportunity to specialize in each country and obtain the American certification!
  • Students who qualify for the Court of Master Sommeliers programme, have a better chance of obtaining the coveted Master Sommelier (MS) title if they are also enrolled in the WSG programme.
  • Those who work in the wine industry or trade in the broader restaurant business, and those who are interested in pursuing a career as a Sommelier.

However, acquiring one or all of the WSG accreditations is not only a privilege for professionals but is also open to consumers, where wine, and the in-depth knowledge of wine, is for them more than just a hobby.

In total the duration of this educational programme is 17 hours of classes and exams. The language of instruction is Greek whereas the teaching material and the Program’s examinations shall be exclusively carried out in English.

Results are announced in 6-8 working weeks from the examination date.
Successful completion of the exams is a necessary prerequisite for obtaining the American Certification.

Study Programme andCurriculum
WSG ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR Unit 1

While the sheer volume of information necessary to master Italian wine is extraordinary, we have broken down our course material and Italian wine regions into two manageable chunks:

UNIT 1: WINES OF NORTHERN ITALY
  • Valle d’Aosta
  • Lombardia
  • Piemonte
  • Trentino
  • Alto Adige
  • Veneto
  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • Liguria
  • Emilia-Romagna
UNIT 2: WINES OF CENTRAL & SOUTHERN ITALY
  • Toscana
  • Marche
  • Lazio
  • Umbria, Abruzzo & Molise
  • Campania
  • Calabria
  • Puglia & Basilicata
  • Sicilia
  • Sardegna

The Italian Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date Italian wine course available. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all italian wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities.
The program provides committed students of wine with an unparalleled set of study tools that are designed to maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

The Italian Wine Scholar manuals follow a regional approach with strong tie-ins to terroir. Each chapter is designed for maximum content retention and utilizes a systematic approach, allowing the student to compare and contrast each of the Italian wine regions. Manuals are current and discuss the most recent trends. They are printed in full-color, are rich in imagery and peppered with the iconic wine labels of each region. Every Italian wine DOC/G is discussed(vs.just mentioned) and triaged by need-to-know icons. Emphasis is given to the flavor and structure profiles of DOC/G wines.

Enrollment

  • Express your interest by phone (210 9882540 & 544) or via e-mail(education@wspc.gr)
    Your enrollment is finalized with the pre-payment of the tuition fees, either through eshop, or through a bank account deposit/ web-banking.
  • After the deposit of tuition fees, a Registration Form is sent to you that you should fill in. Upon correct submission of the Registration Form, your registration is automatically completed.
  • To enroll you must be at least 18 years old and WSET Diplomas and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Graduate/ Student.
  • Candidate students must have an e-mail address to enroll. Any important information regarding your studies is sent by e-mail.
  • Awarding WSG ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR certificates to successful candidates:

Immediately after receiving the certificated from America, WSPC sends the certificates to the successful candidates via courier. The cost for dispatching the certificates shall be borne by the recipient to make sure that this official document will reach the beneficiary on own responsibility.

WSPC shall assume no responsibility in case of negligence in receiving the certificate on behalf of the beneficiary. In the event your certificate is lost a duplicate copy will be issued following the payment of the appropriate fee (€50)

  • Enrollment corresponds to the course selected by the student. Fees shall not be refundable and shall not be used for enrollment on a next similar course.
  • Upon lapse of the registration deadline, there will be no late registration. In the event of a late registration, students shall be encumbered with an additional charge amounting to €70 + V.A.T.
  • WSPC shall reserve the right to cancel a course, if the required minimum number of students is not reached. In such a case, the enrolled students shall be credited the entire deposited amount.

Modes of payment:

By Bank deposit to:

  • Alpha Bank IBAN: GR33 0140 1180 1180 0233 0000 482 (WSPC L.T.D).
  • Piraeus Bank IBAN: GR73 0171 7270 0067 2711 3141 025 (private higher education school).
  • Eurobank IBAN: GR06 0260 0190 0005 4020 1143 015 (private higher education school, Vocational Center).

Justification of deposit: Student’s full name, or corporate trade name, in case of a corporate expenditure.

By Credit/Debit card Visa & MasterCard

Basic principles

The purpose of this information is to help our students understand basic principles of behavior that need to be respected throughout the classes.

A class should provide a friendly and harmonious environment, able to promote a high level of learning progress, ensuring a smooth running of the course and respect towards all parties involved in the learning process-both students and instructor.

Don’t miss a class

It has been proven that students who do not miss classes and are assiduous in attending the course, have more chances to perform better in the examination and pass the test with a higher mark. It is students’ personal responsibility to fill in the gap and look out for notes, exercises, homework or/and flights of wines relevant to the class.

Don’t be late for the class

It is a sign of respect vis-à-vis your fellow students and your instructor. Should it happen due to special circumstances, students should enter the classroom as discreetly and quickly as possible, picking the first available classroom desk.

Come prepared to the class

Preparation constitutes an important part of your effort to better comprehend the teaching material and have fewer questions. Students who submit their papers within the deadlines set, manage to maintain a better flow in their studies and to better assimilate the material, significantly raising the chances of successful performance at the exams and with a higher mark. Any assigned tasks submitted overdue shall be dismissed. However, students may correct themselves at home, having as a guide the recommended form of answering applying in every task.

Switch off your mobile phone at the beginning of the class

It is a sign of respect vis-à-vis your fellow students and your instructor. The use of mobile phones in the classroom is highly annoying and distracts students’ attention. If you are expecting an urgent call, you are kindly requested to inform your instructor at the beginning of the class and keep your phone on silent mode. Once you see the incoming call, leave the classroom as discreetly as possible.

Be aware that any portable electronic apparatus (mobile phone, laptop, MP3 player etc) shall not be allowed during the class. For your reference, you may take a photo of the bottles used in wine tasting during the break or at the end of the class (the bottles remain in a visible spot).

Don’t talk to each other during the class

It is a sign of respect vis-à-vis your fellow students and your instructor. The noise provoked from chatting is likely to distract the instructor and other fellow students, thus disrupting the smooth flow of the class.

Don’t monopolize the floor by raising too many questions preventing your fellow students from submitting their queries

Questions facilitate a broad understanding of the lesson. The time allocated for questions is up to the instructor’s discretion (either during or at the end of the lesson). However, students should take into account the available time for questions, reducing the number of questions addressed to the instructor and enabling their fellow students to raise their own questions.

THE ABOVE PRINCIPLES APPLY ALSO DURING THE EXAMINATIONS

Important Information on the examinations

The WSG ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR certification examination is held with closed books and consists of:
  • A 60 minute multiple choice test of 100 questions.
    The minimum required passing grade for this unit is 75%.
  • The language of examination will be English.

 

 

Grade 91% & over Pass with Highest Honors
Grade between 85% & 90,50% Pass with Honors
Grade between 75% & 84,50% Pass
Grade 74,50% & lower Fail

WSG® Awards does not issue certificated is all the requirements and evaluation criteria relating to attendance and the examinations of each programme are met (aegrotat pass).

Persons with Disabilities

Candidates with special examination and assessment requirements, are requested to inform the Enrollments officer and/or the Examinations officer on any such requirement prior to enrollment on a Program. It is the policy of WSET Awards that such candidates should not be placed at a disadvantaged position during the courses or at the examinations. Where appropriate, WSPC and WSET may request from the student to submit an official medical opinion by a qualified state body related to the candidate in question.

Re-sit

Candidates may apply to resit the examination if they failed the examinations. There is no limit on the number of attempts to resit the examinations. Candidates who have passed the examinations are not allowed to resit to improve their grade.

  • Examinations are compulsory. You can register for the next scheduled exam, either in the same city or any other available city and pay the (re–sit exam fee): €168.
  • You can register for the next scheduled exam, either in the same city or any other available city and pay the (re–sit exam): €168.
Requirements, regulations and examination conditions
1. To participate in the examinations, candidates must adhere to the following specific conditions:
  • At the start of the examination, all candidates must submit to the invigilator a statutory identification document with a photograph (identity card or a driving license or a passport).
  • Candidates should bring their own: Hb2-type pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener.
  • Candidates must bring their own bottle of water.
  • The examination should be completed within the time foreseen.
  • No note or explanation is to be made on any material, in whatever form, other than the examination multiple-question paper and answer sheet.
  • Any communication between candidates of any kind shall not be permitted.
  • The use of electronic devices of any kind (mobile phones, smart phones, smart watches, tablets etc) shall be prohibited.
  • Candidates shall be forbidden to take photographs of the examination room or the examination material.
  • The use of any kind of dictionaries is forbidden.
  • The use of audible alarms from any kind of watch is prohibited.
  • It is at the invigilator’s discretion to allow entry to late arriving candidates and only if this does not disturb the examination process.
  • Candidates are not allowed to leave the room before the first 15 minutes of the examination time have elapsed.
  • Candidates who complete the examination prior to its official ending, may leave the room on condition that they do not disturb the other candidates. After leaving the room, re-entry shall not be allowed.
  • The invigilators have no authority to comment, interpret or express an opinion on any examination question or/and on any conceptual question raised by candidates.
  • Any candidate suspected of inappropriate behavior, shall be called upon to leave the examination room immediately and his/her examination paper shall be submitted to the Examinations Committee which shall determine its validity and any future prohibition to participating in the examinations.
  • The sheet with the examination questions shall not be removed from the examination room. Candidates who fail to submit the questions sheet along with their answer sheet, shall be considered to have breached the rules.
  • It is forbidden to reveal the examination content to others or anyhow reproduce it.
2. Candidates must also comply with the invigilator’s instructions. Failure to do so may result in the examination results becoming invalid.
3. The examination papers submitted for assessment belong to WSET® Awards and shall not be returned to candidates.
Awarding WSG ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR certificates to successful candidates

Immediately after receiving the certificated from America, WSPC sends the certificates to the successful candidates via courier. The cost for dispatching the certificates shall be borne by the recipient to make sure that this official document will reach the beneficiary on own responsibility.

WSPC shall assume no responsibility in case of negligence in receiving the certificate on behalf of the beneficiary. In the event your certificate is lost a duplicate copy will be issued following the payment of the appropriate fee (€50)

Where does the course take place?

At our state-of-the-art facilities in Paleo Faliro, in a facility of 1,200 sq.m of surface, in line with the strictest health and safety specifications. Click here for a virtual tour around the school.

Are there requirements for my enrollment in in-person classes, and hence my entrance at WSPC?

WSPC is subject to an educational and health protocol. Therefore, the registration in all in person educational programs is for students who meet the requirements, as defined by the bodies responsible for ensuring Public Health.

Is VAT included in the tuition fees?

No, because WSPC is an educational organization certified by the Ministry of Education.

What is included in the tuition fees:

Everything. The English version of the programme’s manual, as well as access to an interactive and user-friendly online educational material which includes pronunciation exercises for each country, its regions and its varieties and online quizzes. Registration to WSG in America, the exam fees, the exam paper and the issuing of your certificate by the Wine Scholar Guild, the teaching hours by a certified instructor, the wines for the tastings (we do not accept free samples) as well as all relating administrative costs.

Can I be absent?

Two days of absences are permitted. Your presence is mandatory also at the examinations.

May I take the exam in another language, i.e. Greek?

No. Although this programme is taught in Greek, the textbooks and the examination are exclusively in English.

Can I resit if I don’t attend the examination?

You can register for the next scheduled exam, either in the same city or any other available city and pay the re-resit exam fee: €168.

Can I resit if I fail the examination?

You can register for the next scheduled exam, either in the same city or any other available city and pay the re-resit exam fee: €168.

In how long are the exam results announced?

In 6-8 working weeks from the exam date.

How am I notified about the results?

By e mail from the WSPC Admissions & Awards team.

What does my successful completion of the exam mean?

You obtain the internationally recognized title: Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 1 which is awarded to you by the Wine Scholar Guild (WSG – Washington DC, USA).

How do I receive my Certificate?

Immediately after receiving the certificated from America, WSPC sends the certificates to the successful candidates via courier. The cost for dispatching the certificates shall be borne by the recipient to make sure that this official document will reach you, as the beneficiary on own responsibility.

Can I pay with installments?

Yes. Through the eshop, you may pay in installments with your credit card.

Are corporate enrollments possible?

Yes, it is possible. Contact us to fill you in.

What will happen if the classes are interrupted due to force majeure, as happened with the COVID-19 pandemic?

Should an unforeseen situation occur, classes continue through an online platform. Online classes constitute an accurate extension and continuation of your studies, fully aligned with the requirements as set by the circumstances and the Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs.

Testimonials

The high level of seminars, the well-structured educational material, and the participation of renowned professionals with high working experience raised the level of teaching. The knowledge I was exposed too, was practically applied, and helped both my professional and personal development.

George Manetas

Barista Roasters Coffee

After years of experience as a Barista, I decided to try a more responsible position in the hospitality sector. I had to enrich my CV with a relevant qualification to be able to claim the position I coveted at the hotel where I had worked in the past. After a lot of research, I decided to enrol on the BSA seminar due to its prestige and international acclaim because the hotel unit I was interested in working was a foreign interest company. Indeed, it was the best step I took because I was finally selected for the job, after also completing a seminar in bartending. This is indeed a truly substantial and interesting seminar useful to any barista wishing to make a career.

Themis

F & B Manager Potidea Holidays Hotel

I chose this seminar because its thematic units, both in theory and practice, span across the entire range of a Barista responsibilities. As I didn’t have previous working experience in the field, the theory on coffee and tea, learning the proper use of an espresso machine and the training in the different extraction methods, enabled me to look for a job and to now being employed by one of the largest Greek coffee chains.

Xrhstos Strathgakis

Head Barista Coffee shop

On top of being my job, coffee is also my passion and therefore I wanted to broaden my knowledge. After doing research, I discovered that many seminars are offered on coffee, without providing either international certification, or a degree. So, I chose the BSA and it was the best thing I could do for myself. The training was awesome, and I was able to practically understand all the theory; the tutors, with their high level of expertise and the ability to transmit knowledge stood by my side, always smiley and patient, ready to answer all my questions (many indeed!); I acquired abundant knowledge building on the already existing one. The most important of all was that on completion of the program, I went back to my workplace, fully capable of applying all this knowledge. For all the above reasons and for many more, I decided to pursue my training at BSA and my experience became even more fascinating achieving also the Level 2 high-end qualification.

Alkmhnh Krustalidi

Barista Coffee Island

I attended this seminar because I wanted to focus on hot beverages; there is a whole philosophy behind this category that I wanted to learn about. It was an excellent seminar with tutors displaying a high level of expertise both in theory and practice. First and foremost, it was a useful seminar because by learning the history of raw materials, we learn to respect the raw materials quality and quantity. The techniques being taught are also very important as they impact on the outcome.

Alexandra Kyritsi

Loumidis Coffee Shops

Coffee is for me a journey in a world of unique experiences, high demands, and successive changes. Therefore, as a professional I need to continuously update my knowledge to offer myself and consumers the pleasure of this journey. So, picking Marilena, Vaggelis and the rest of the team, I discovered a unique interactive, educational experience. In addition to the abundance of knowledge found in the full and perfectly structured educational material, I discovered mistakes I used to make, and I was able to drastically improve myself, helped by the structure of the seminar and the application of knowledge in real life. It is also worth mentioning the state-of-the-art equipment, the impeccable running of exams and the ongoing professional support on completion of seminars. I would like to thank my buddies for the beautiful and special moments. Keep going.

Thomas Koloniatis

Executive Barista at Gregory’s, Beverage manager

The seminar offered me targeted knowledge, without dwelling on generalities. The tutors provided analytical teaching both in theory and in practice. I totally recommend that all young passionate practitioners, with love for coffee, enrol on Levels 1 & 2 to acquire the basic knowledge required for every young Barista starting a career and for further building up knowledge, combined with the work experience, in the immense and ever evolving world of coffee.

Plakoutsis Konstantinos

Head bartender TATOI TENNIS CLUB

In 2014, following a recommendation by some professionals in the wine industry, I began my studies in WSPC, attending the WSET Level 1; at this point I couldn't begin to imagine how long and special this journey would turn out. The excellent structure of the school's curriculum, the imparting of knowledge on every aspect of wine, the familiarisation with all the wine regions of the world combined with the high level and the ethos of tutors encouraged me to continue studying, advancing to higher levels with an increasing momentum. So, in 2017, and while being professionally active in a totally different industry, I found myself in Santorini, kicking off the fascinating path of WSET Diploma. It is an uncommon, demanding, but above all an exciting journey that I managed to successfully accomplish by obtaining the much-coveted qualification in 2019.

Pavlos Trilyrakis

Student

The well-structured, rigorous education and the charm of the teaching staff motivated me to go as far as WSET Level 3 and WSPC HESTIA Advanced Certificate and I am now seriously thinking of attempting the WSET Diploma. My job is not related to wine but to printings of refrigerator food labels and content production for various sectors. However, wine is an important part of my life and in the upcoming period I will expand my professional activities in this sector.

Prokopis Karydakis

Student

I began my studies in wine and spirits at WSPC where I attended Levels 1,2,3 in wines, HESTIA Certificate and Spirits. In 2017, I embarked on WSET DIPLOMA and I will never forget the top level of education and teaching. A very important part for me is the Pan-Hellenic Association of Sommeliers.

Stathis Tsokos

Student

Knowing that WSET is the top school for studies in wine, in 2016 I began my studies at WSPC Wine & Spirit Professional Center. The school’s excellent organization, the highly trained tutors, the very well-structured curriculum per level of qualification offering a thorough education and the school’s new premises were my incentive and inspiration to fervently complete, notwithstanding the challenges, the first three WSET L1-L2-L3 and the L3 HESTIA Certificate. And although my career, for many years now, is in stark contrast to the world of wine, as I am a mechanical engineer, the world of wine cast its spell on me and I am now attending at the WSPC, the WSET Diploma, the most challenging, albeit fascinating, wine journey.

Andriana Foi

Student

Through WSPC, the best organization in the wine industry, both in Greece and abroad, I met wonderful people with dedication and love for wine. A team of professionals ready to teach students everything about wine. Acquiring WSPC Level 4, the WSET Diploma, I expect to complete this journey having in parallel started the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS Europe), a program with a hospitality-oriented focus. All these studies combined with my working experience in wine restaurants and in Michelin-star rated restaurants led me to the ‘wine paradise’ where I am currently working, the Private Members Club 67 PallMall in London.

Faidon Dernikos

Student

It was back in 2015 when I became a student at WSPC. I didn’t have to think it twice, the wine training offered by the school is excellent. First and foremost, the school offers wine education and behaviour! Students acquire critical thinking. Not only are we taught by top level tutors to describe, judge, and score a wine but also to respect wine, its culture, the land, the winemaker and the vine grower. I would like to personally thank WSPC, Mr. Konstantinos Lazarakis and first and foremost my mentor, Mr. Yiannis Koulelis who taught me how to love wine and broaden my wine horizons daily; to long for learning, to constantly discover why this journey in the world of wine is endless!

Lena Tsatsoni

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