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September 3, 2023 - September 17, 2023

Wines and Flavors of Italy with Antonio Andreani: Wine Taster Certification and Sommelier, Level 1 Certification

Wines and Flavors of Italy with Antonio Andreani: Wine Taster Certification and Sommelier, Level 1 Certification

2851.0€ – 5696.0€
Workshop Dates:
September 3, 2023 - September 17, 2023
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About the Workshop

In collaboration with the Italian sommelier association - Assosommelier - and renowned connoisseur, sommelier, and master-taster, Antonio Andreani, the International Center for the Arts is proud to offer its 2023 Sommelier Certification course options at our facility in Monte Castello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy.

Italy is the world’s top wine producer and thus the perfect place to enrich your enjoyment of wine. Here, you will immerse yourself in the rich history of Italian wine, experience its diversity, and celebrate its connection to some of the most amazing foods in the world! Our courses are designed for individuals all levels of experience – the only prerequisite being a passion for learning about the rich traditions and incredible varieties of Italian wine!

The program is all inclusive with accommodation provided in our beautifully preserved 14 th c., medieval hill town. We provide Welcome and Departure services at the Rome/Fiumicino, Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO) airport as well as airport transfer by private bus. Using locally sourced and artisanal ingredients, three traditional meals are lovingly prepared by our kitchen staff and chef Federico Monday through Thursday. On Fridays our private bus will transport participants on two excursions: the first to the fabulous city of Florence and the second to Orvieto, which boasts one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy. Saturdays and Sundays, we provide an incredible brunch with fresh baked bread and pastries, a variety of eggs, cheeses, and cured meats, as well as fresh yogurt and fruit. Of course, all accompanied by terrific, chilled Prosecco! Saturday and Sunday dinner are also grill-day’s and we will enjoy savory grilled meats (including wild game), fresh vegetables, and more! All lunches and dinners are accompanied by local wine, wines from our extensive Wine List available for purchase. Our bi-lingual staff is on hand 24/7 to fill your needs.

Our approach will be both fun and informative. Paired with delicious foods from our kitchen and the spectacular views from our dining terrace - the course will provide everyone the opportunity to fully experience the richness and beauty of the Umbrian landscape as well as the excellence of its culinary and viticultural traditions. We will make good use of our central location in Italy to visit both renowned Umbrian vineyards as well as to the Chianti Classico, Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino wine regions of Tuscany.

Throughout the course, our excursions will be combined with lectures and an in-depth introduction to the wines of Italy in general. We will provide tastings of many of the great Italian wines, with some interesting and surprising little-known wines as well.

All participants successfully completing the course will receive a certification of “Wine Taster” through Assosommelier. For professionals, the certification will not only reflect the technical knowledge that they have gained, but also provide the opportunity to continue to other levels of Sommelier training. For those with a general interest, the focus of the “Wine Taster” certification is ideal. participants undergo the same training as those in the “Level 1 Sommelier Course,” but do not need to take the requisite exams. It is the first step for those who want in-depth knowledge and a strong base for understanding wine at a high level of quality. Course on topics such as food pairing, appropriate serving and storage conditions, and the introduction to new types of wine will be invaluable in enriching the experience of the wines and culinary traditions of Italy.

While participating in the course, those interested can also earn a Level 1 Sommelier Certification, which is available in collaboration with Assosommelier by taking the requisite exams (during the workshop) offered through the Universita di Perugia di Sapori. (The latter requires additional coursework while in Monte Castello as well as an additional fee.) Level 1 Sommelier Certification is well-suited to the needs of food service professionals who want to expand their knowledge of wine in technical ways that will provide a step-stone to full Sommelier certification and careers related to wine.


For all participants, the course will focus on:
1. Providing a general knowledge about wine: history, terminology, production, aging, etc.
– focusing on wines of Italy
2. Technical tasting skills to both evaluate and enhance the enjoyment of wine
3. An introduction to types of wines and food pairing
4. The course will also provide an introduction to Beer (particularly exploring the emerging
micro brewing culture of Italy) and Spirits, focusing on aperitivi and drinks such as
5. Regulations governing the production, distribution, storage, and sales of wine.

Food Pairing
Utilizing our kitchen here at the International Center for the Arts facility in Monte Castello and enlisting the aid of our fantastic chef Federico, we will also explore culinary traditions of Umbria and Italy as a whole, giving us the opportunity to examine the role of wine in:

    • Italian Dining
    • Food and Wine Menu Planning
    • Wine and Food Evaluation Techniques
    • Sauces and Spices Cooking Techniques
    • Cheeses
    • Fish and Shellfish
    • Poultry and Game Birds
    • Meat and Wild Game
    • Soup, Salad, Vegetables, and Vegetarian Cuisine
    • Cross-Cultural Pairing Desserts

About the Instructor

Included Amenities

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  • Airport transfer from and to the Leonardo da Vinci Rome/Fiumicino Airport (FCO) aboard our private bus (on scheduled dates only). Bus departs the airport promptly at 12PM.
  • Airport welcome service and assistance with baggage
  • 24/7 bi-lingual support with manager on site at all times
  • All ground transport aboard private buses or our ICA van, unless otherwise specified. Licensed and insured professional driver and ICA guide accompany all excursions. Orientation at each destination is provided as is departure coordination (guide service is available upon request — unless specified — for an additional fee)
  • Complimentary bottle of local wine provided in rooms on arrival day and complimentary locally made soap
  • Village orientation and complimentary drinks provided on arrival day
  • Private access to our 5-storey tower at our Palazzo Persiane (on sign-up basis) for spectacular morning and evening views
  • Access to our art materials shop (during posted hours)
  • Thorough orientation lecture and maps provided the evening before departure
  • Return transport to the Rome/Fiumicino Airport (departs 5:30AM) with rest stop
  • Departure service/airport assistance at airport
  • Unless otherwise specified, single occupancy accommodation is provided in rooms with a view of the Tiber Valley that includes sink and vanity. Rooms are with shared bath on each level (3 rooms per bath) in our 14th century convent building, The Asilo. Apartments, rooms with private bath and AC, double rooms, group or villa accommodations are available for couples, business associates/ friends, or groups for an additional fee
  • Linens and towels provided
  • Weekly housekeeping service with change of towels and linens
  • Free washing machine access
  • Good Wi-Fi connection and access to our library and film collection
  • 3 chef-catered, gourmet meals per day (buffet breakfast, 3-course lunch, 4-course dinner) — with wine at lunch and dinner (table wine provided at lunch and dinner. An excellent wine list is offered at additional cost), while in Monte Castello
  • Group dining service is as follows, with breakfast and lunch served in our dining room, etc, with dinner (weather permitting) served on our private terrace overlooking the Tiber Valley
  • Lunch and dinner are plated as follows: pasta course, main course, vegetable, fruit/salad, dessert
  • When requested at registration, vegetarian, vegan, and special dietary options are provided
  • After dinner drinks on our terrace overlooking the Tiber valley
  • Dining service is as follows: Breakfast: 8:00 AM; Lunch: 1:00PM; Dinner: 8:00 PM. No meals are served on Fridays (excursion day) unless otherwise specified
  • On Saturday and Sunday, a full buffet brunch with fresh pastry and Prosecco is served at 11:00 AM
  • On Saturday, homemade, wood-fired pizza is served at 7:00 PM (except on departure days, when a special farewell dinner is served)
  • Sunday dinner with antipasti is served at 7:00 PM
  • Farewell dinner on the evening prior to departure
  • 24/7 access to our primary building and library is provided, including access to workspaces, studios, and ceramics facility
  • Special access to certain cultural and art collections is available upon request
  • FOR GROUPS: Group workspace is provided (24/7 access)
  • Free access to lectures and events at the Teatro Concordia
  • An end of the session exhibition with reception that includes hors d'oeuvres and Prosecco in our gallery. Posters are prepared to promote the event with copies provided to all participants
  • 1 excursion per week is included (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary) aboard our private bus. Additional trips can of course be scheduled and given our central location. (Day trips are possible to as far north as Siena or Florence and as far south as Rome.)
  • Advanced reservations and ticket purchases for groups and individuals
  • Concierge services provided upon request at an hourly rate
  • Restaurant reservations (provided under Concierge services)
  • Car rental
  • Critique series with visiting visual artists
  • Artist materials workshops
  • Drawing and painting sessions from the figure
  • Cooking classes
  • Cheesemaking workshop
  • Pizza-making workshop
  • Kids cooking classes
  • Wine appreciation and Sommelier Courses
  • Wine and olive oil tastings
  • Vineyard tours
  • Truffle hunting
  • Ballroom dance classes
  • Weekend excursions to flea markets and natural sites
  • Shopping excursions to cashmere and leather outlets, to Deruta famous for fine painted traditional ceramics, and antique stores
  • Overnight excursions to the sea and day-trips to Rome beaches
  • Hot air balloon tours
  • Hot springs excursions
  • Lake Trasimeno tours
  • Umbria abandoned castle and fortress tour
  • Sustainable farming tour 
  • Babysitting services
  • Soccer, archery, and horseback riding camps for kids
  • Motorized mountain bike rentals
  • Electric car rental 
  • Golf-cart tours of Rome and Florence
  • Hiking/naturalist guides to national/regional parks - mountain hiking available
  • Fishing/Hunting Excursions

Payment Options

  • Payment in full (€500 non-refundable deposit is included. No refunds will be issued within 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. See refund policy for more details).
  • Non-refundable €500 deposit (Balance due must be paid a minimum of 30 days prior to workshop).
  • Balance payment (after €500 deposit).

Required Forms

All ICA participants; whether coming independently, with a group or through a college / university, must provide the following completed forms and information to at least 2 weeks prior to attending their program. 
Emergency Contact & Medical Information »Liability Waiver »
Proof of Insurance / Travel Insurance
Itinerary and Passport
For detailed information and to download the required forms, please visit our Guides and Forms page.


Day 1 (Sunday September 3rd)

  • Arrive Rome/Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO); Bus Departs FCO at 12:00 PM
  • Arrival at Monte Castello di Vibio appx.: 2:30 PM:Lunch/Orientation/Rest/ Tour of village/

Day 2 (Monday September 4th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session: “History of viticulture from its origins to the present day”
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session: Cooking class: Pasta-making
  • 6:30 – 8:00 “Flavors of Umbria”. Wine-paring and tasting session with Antonio
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 3 (Tuesday September 5th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session: “The vineyard – production of the grapes”
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 4:30 Afternoon Session: “Educational visit to a winery”
  • 4:30 – 8:00 Vineyard visit/Wine tasting/Olive Oil tasting: Passo della Palomba
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 4 (Wednesday September 6th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session: “The Cellar: Production and components of the wine”
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Vineyard visit
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 5 (Thursday September 7th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session: “Visual examination and olfactory examination of the wine”
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 4:30 Free time
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Afternoon Session: Cooking class: “A classic Umbrian Dinner”
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 6 (Friday September 8th)

  • Excursion: Florence: Wine and Vineyards of the Florence and the Chianti Triangle

Day 7 (Saturday September 9th)

  • Morning: Free
  • 11:00 AM Brunch
  • Afternoon: Vineyard visit

Day 8 (Sunday September 10th)

(Departure day for week-long programs)

  • Morning: Free (Optional Flea Market Visit)
  • 11:00 AM Brunch
  • Afternoon: Free

Day 9 (Monday September 11th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session: “Gustatory examination of the wine - descriptive sheet and score sheet”
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Vineyard visit
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 10 (Tuesday September 12th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session: “Sparkling wines”
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session: Vineyard vist
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 11 (Wednesday September 13th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session: “The service of wine and the functions of the sommelier”
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session: Vineyard visit
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 12 (Thursday September 14th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session: “Passito wines, fortified wines, moldy wines and Icewine”
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session: “The qualitative pyramid, wine legislation”
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 13 (Friday September 15th)

  • Excursion: Orvieto

Day 14 (Saturday September 16th)

  • Morning: “Study and tasting of the main international grape varieties”
  • 11:00 AM Brunch
  • Afternoon: Blind tasting and certification ceremony

Day 15 (Sunday September 17th)

  • Rome/Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO); Bus Departs Monte Castello at 5:30 AM


Vineyards We Will Visit:

  • Agricola Romanelli
  • Az. Agr. Perticaia di Guido Guardigli
  • Azienda Agraria Moretti Omero S.a.s.
  • Azienda Agricola Dionigi S.S.
  • Cantina La Spina
  • Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio S.r.l.
  • Rossobastardo - Cesarini Sartori Signae di Sartori Fiorella
  • Società Agricolà S. Antimo S.S. - Cantina Peppucci
  • Scacciadiavoli Azienda Agraria
  • Tabarrini
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