Italian Wine Central (IWC) is the leading English-language source of accurate, up-to-date information about Italian wine, recognized as a key spokesmedium for Italian wine in the United States. IWC’s resources include this website, two educational programs, and several editions of the manual Into Italian Wine.
Online 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. IWC is organized in a powerful, searchable database that is optimized for mobile devices. With readers in more than 130 countries, Italian Wine Central serves as a central network for wine professionals wanting to learn and teach about Italian wines.
IWC’s educational initiatives include a two-level program to take introductory- and intermediate-level students of Italian wine to higher levels of knowledge and capability. The foundation course, Discovering Italian Wine, is designed for individuals who are just beginning to learn about Italian wine. It is ideal for restaurant servers, wine shop employees, distributor sales reps, and anyone embarking on a long-term wine study program. This introductory course familiarizes students with all the major Italian wine regions and grape varieties, along with general information about how to mentally organize Italy as part of a wines-of-the-world structure.
The advanced course, the Italian Wine Professional (IWP), is a certification program developed to help those in the global wine trade—and by extension, those who buy and enjoy wine—to widen and deepen their knowledge of Italian wines in order to more confidently and professionally buy, sell, and consume these enchanting wines. It moves beyond the foundation course, adding a range of important but less frequently seen wine areas and grape varieties and also probing deeper into the major wine categories. Certification requires passing a rigorous exam based on the course’s learning objectives. Italian Wine Central has certified more than 425 IWPs to date in North America, Europe, and Asia.