Italian Wine Specialist ®

Italy is currently the #1 wine exporting and producing country in the world, as well as the most imported country in the USA. Anyone in the wine industry and any wine aficionado cannot ignore this focal wine country. Often superficially and generically taught due to its huge complexity, this course will dive into Italy regionally and explore all the details of what there is to truly know about this amazing wine producing country. This course will be extremely beneficial to both wine industry professional (servers, Sommeliers, sales reps, educators) and wine enthusiasts, who are interested in the ever-growing vast and opportunity-packed world of Italian wine.


The North American Sommelier Association is proud to present the 1st “Italian Wine Specialist ®” certification program recognized throughout the world and endorsed by the WSA (Worldwide Sommelier Association) in conjunction with the AIS (Italian Sommelier Association).

The course was designed exclusively by NASA and extracted from the full Sommelier course of the Italian Sommelier Association, recognizes as the leading global educational and consulting authority on Italian wines and key member of the WSA (Worldwide Sommelier Association

The teachers are all native Italians, certified Sommeliers and professional educators & consultants. They are amongst the highest authorities on Italian wine in the United States. We hand pick them to be from the regions they teach, giving you first hand knowledge, anecdotes and information you won’t find on publicly sold books or from non-native individuals.

The course consists of a total of 24 hours (4 days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the certificate and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association. This class will deeply & truly explore all 20 wine regions of Italy, their wine laws, regulations, grape varietals, traditions, trends, history, typicality as well as key characteristics and will include a brief overview of cuisine and culture.

A portion of the course will be dedicated to the exclusive and advanced AIS ‘technical wine-tasting technique’ for which NASA/AIS are internationally renowned. This is the most comprehensive and practical patented wine-tasting method throughout the world.

The enrollment includes the following material that will be delivered on the first day of class:

- “An overview of Italian wine” course book (written and published by NASA)

- Wine colors chart

- Wine tasting chart

- Promotional NASA membership for the current year

- Tasting of over 30 quality wines from all regions of Italy

- Certificate after passing required examination

- IWS lapel Pin after passing required examination

It requires no previous wine knowledge, although a minimum wine-culture and experience base is strongly recommended.


*For cancellation/refund policy, please see at the bottom of the page


* REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY : Please note that the enrollment to any of the above courses includes and indicates the agreement to the following refund & cancellation policy.
Any cancellation received by NASA prior to 72 hours of beginning of course will be refunded 100%. Cancellations received between 72 hours and 48 hours prior to commencement of course will be eligible for a 50% refund of the cost of the course. Any and all cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the commencement of the course will NOT be refunded. Applicant can however retain the credit for future courses and products. NASA (North American Sommelier Association) will make all efforts to satisfy a course completion but retains the right to cancel the course up to 24 hours before the date and time of commencement with a 100% refund.
NASA (North American Sommelier Association) is solely responsible for the ‘enrollment fee’ of its courses. NASA (North American Sommelier Association) is NOT responsible or liable for any and all costs/expenses sustained by the applicant including but not limited to transportation expenses (flights, train tickets, gasoline), hotel and lodging expenses, communication costs, per diem expenses.
**Starting 2014, the ‘Italian Wine Specialist’ written examination can be retaken for those who did not pass the exam the 1st attempt for a $70.00 fee (each attempt) with no limit on attempts.