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    Independent Study Format

    Spanish Wine Scholar ™ online | Independent Study Format

    THE SPANISH WINE SCHOLAR™ PROGRAM IS THE MOST ADVANCED AND COMPREHENSIVE CERTIFICATION COURSE ON THE WINES OF SPAIN

    The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all Spanish wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities. It provides committed students of wine with an unparalleled set of study tools that are designed to maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

    The program was created by Spanish wine specialist Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar™ Education Director.

    Wines from Spain (ICEX - Spain's Trade & Investment Government Agency) has endorsed the program in recognition of its exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor.

    The Spanish Wine Scholar study and certification program confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exam (Ex: John Smith, SWS). With a school network encompassing 30 countries on 5 continents, the SWS credential has true international recognition.

    The Spanish Wine Scholar™ online | Independent Study Format includes: 


    PLUS:

        • The Spanish Wine Scholar™ online exam*
        • A suggested schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
        • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
        • Downloadable maps of all Spanish wine regions
        • Pronunciation exercises to boosts your credibility
        • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group hosted by students enrolled in the online program

    Price: $595

    REGISTER NOW

    *SWS online exam: You have one year from your registration date to take your exam (extension possible for a nominal fee). If you are registered for an online exam-sit and ready to schedule it, you may contact the WSG office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Online exam candidates must be equipped with a PC or Mac Desktop or laptop computer with working microphone, speakers and webcam and possess a good internet connection. The exam cannot be taken from a tablet, nor a mobile phone or Chromebook.

    Alternately, the SWS program is available in a instructor-led online format including live review webinars with Rick Fisher, SWS Education Director.


    Student Testimonials:

    • Matthew Wheeler
      on May 12, 2021
      "Well written and prepared course for the beginner just starting their journey into wine, but also for more seasoned wine professionals, this course delves deeper into the whole of Spain, covering not just D.O's but also V.T's, V.C's and Vinos de Pago giving a very clear view of the hierarchy within the country, as well as all the fundamentals of history, regulations and climate etc. It is sure to be a go to reference guide for years to come."
    • Adrian Matei
      on May 2, 2021
      "Spanish Wine Scholar it is a journey from vines to wine, with good history education, easy to assimilate the information's and brings joy for studying."
    • Marta Chiavacci, FWS
      on Apr 14, 2021
      "I thoroughly enjoyed the Spanish Wine Scholar program. The materials were well organized and presented. The flashcards and quizzes were helpful while studying for the exam."
    • Tyler Worth
      on Apr 10, 2021
      "Having taken the French, Italian, and now, Spanish Wine Scholar remote self-study courses, I would highly recommend them all. If you really want to get a complete understanding of the wine regions Europe's most iconic wine regions this is the place. Enjoyable to read, easy to understand and amazingly thorough. Avid enthusiast or industry professional, you will not be disappointed. "
    • Richard Stock
      on Apr 10, 2021
      "The course was a lot more than a standard wine course it covered history/ culture / food and major sightseeing opportunities Whilst I learnt a lot about Spanish Wines I also learnt even more about Spain "
    • KWOK KAI CHUNG
      on Apr 8, 2021
      "Excellent course materials with detailed wine maps. The on-line course is interesting and comprehensive. Recommend to those like Spanish wine."
    • Michael Biggs
      on Apr 2, 2021
      "This is a great course. It covers history of Spain (particularly in relation to the wine industry), geography, climate and of course all the different wine styles throughout the Country. All of the autonomous communities, and the main DOP's are covered in detail. I would highly recommend it."
    • Nicholas Lotz
      on Apr 1, 2021
      "A great in depth look at Spanish wine for anyone looking to progress after WSET 3. "
    • Stephen Kennard
      on Mar 10, 2021
      "The WSG qualifications are excellent and I recommend them to all those interested in wine. They build on the more generalist qualifications run by other bodies and enable a more in-depth review of the key countries and specific regions. The course material is well set out and goes well beyond the syllabus enabling students to expand their knowledge even further. They really are great books to research a country's wines. The historical and political background notes also add just enough detail to put everything into context."
    • Aleksandr
      on Feb 28, 2021
      "Spanish Wine Scholar has been a true revalation for me. After 8 years in wine industry this was the first time i was really able to dive deep into Spain as wine country. SWS helped me trully understand, appreciate and strengthen my love and passion for spanish wines and culture. Certainly it is a massive beggining of my spanish journey, that i hope will last a lifetime. I totally recommend taking any of WSG programms of one's choice for anyone who is as passionate as i am in order to get some really serious and in depth knowledge on subject. Bravo WSG! And thank you! "
    • Adam Zhang
      on Feb 20, 2021
      "The content of this program is very well organized and the interactive e-learning modules is extremely helpful, one can certainly become an expert in Spanish wine once finished studying this program! "
    • Francisco Riveros
      on Feb 11, 2021
      " I loved the depth of the materials, and Rick Fisher has a way of simplifying the hardest subjects. The book is one of the most important reference books I have, and can always count on it. "
    • 0
      on Dec 15, 2020
      "The combination of text and well laid out and reinforcing on-line learning resource is excellent. "
    • Sarah Timbrook-Nugent
      on Dec 4, 2020
      "Spanish wine is such an important category at retail but not well understood; the course content includes the very latest developments in DO regulations and grounds them in an understanding of history. Well done!"
    • alexandrema
      on Oct 15, 2020
      "WSG offers me a giant window through which I am able to see the colorful wine world. "

    Study Materials: 

    EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO SUCCEED

    Modeled after the French Wine Scholar™ program, Spanish Wine Scholar™ students will receive the same complete set of study materials.

    #1 THE SWS STUDY MANUAL:

    The Spanish Wine Scholar™ manual is the most comprehensive and current coverage on the wines of Spain and follows 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 wine regions of Spain.

    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 Spanish wine appellation is discussed (vs. just mentioned) and triaged by "need-to-know" icons. Emphasis is given to the flavor and structure profiles of the wines.

    A Fundamentals Chapter provides an overview which puts all of Spain and its wines into perspective.

    #2 SWS Online Study Program:

    The SWS online study program offers interactive e-learning modules that are put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum retention of content and ease of use.

    Each region of Spain is covered and dovetails nicely with the Spanish Wine Scholar™ study manual. Study materials are available 24/7. If you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection, you’ve got a classroom!

    Spanish Wine Scholar™ online study modules features: 

    • E-learning modules loaded with videos and learning games to keep you engaged
    • Your place is automatically bookmarked/saved to resume where you left off
    • Quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
    • Hundreds of online flashcards
    • Pronunciation exercises
    • You earn badges to track your accomplishments

    #3 Detailed Spanish Wine Maps:

    Your study manual will be packed with beautiful wine maps which have been designed for this program by Quentin Sadler. Electronic versions of these maps, in addition to blank practice maps are also available for download on the online course page.

    #4 Professional Instructor Support:

    • Online Independent Study: via the Q&A forum answered by Rick Fisher, SWS Education Director
    • Online Instructor-led Format: via the Q&A forum plus email and live chat with instructors
    • In Classroom: via a local, certified instructor

    Student Testimonials:

    • Matthew Wheeler
      on May 12, 2021
      "Well written and prepared course for the beginner just starting their journey into wine, but also for more seasoned wine professionals, this course delves deeper into the whole of Spain, covering not just D.O's but also V.T's, V.C's and Vinos de Pago giving a very clear view of the hierarchy within the country, as well as all the fundamentals of history, regulations and climate etc. It is sure to be a go to reference guide for years to come."
    • Adrian Matei
      on May 2, 2021
      "Spanish Wine Scholar it is a journey from vines to wine, with good history education, easy to assimilate the information's and brings joy for studying."
    • Marta Chiavacci, FWS
      on Apr 14, 2021
      "I thoroughly enjoyed the Spanish Wine Scholar program. The materials were well organized and presented. The flashcards and quizzes were helpful while studying for the exam."
    • Tyler Worth
      on Apr 10, 2021
      "Having taken the French, Italian, and now, Spanish Wine Scholar remote self-study courses, I would highly recommend them all. If you really want to get a complete understanding of the wine regions Europe's most iconic wine regions this is the place. Enjoyable to read, easy to understand and amazingly thorough. Avid enthusiast or industry professional, you will not be disappointed. "
    • Richard Stock
      on Apr 10, 2021
      "The course was a lot more than a standard wine course it covered history/ culture / food and major sightseeing opportunities Whilst I learnt a lot about Spanish Wines I also learnt even more about Spain "
    • KWOK KAI CHUNG
      on Apr 8, 2021
      "Excellent course materials with detailed wine maps. The on-line course is interesting and comprehensive. Recommend to those like Spanish wine."
    • Michael Biggs
      on Apr 2, 2021
      "This is a great course. It covers history of Spain (particularly in relation to the wine industry), geography, climate and of course all the different wine styles throughout the Country. All of the autonomous communities, and the main DOP's are covered in detail. I would highly recommend it."
    • Nicholas Lotz
      on Apr 1, 2021
      "A great in depth look at Spanish wine for anyone looking to progress after WSET 3. "
    • Stephen Kennard
      on Mar 10, 2021
      "The WSG qualifications are excellent and I recommend them to all those interested in wine. They build on the more generalist qualifications run by other bodies and enable a more in-depth review of the key countries and specific regions. The course material is well set out and goes well beyond the syllabus enabling students to expand their knowledge even further. They really are great books to research a country's wines. The historical and political background notes also add just enough detail to put everything into context."
    • Aleksandr
      on Feb 28, 2021
      "Spanish Wine Scholar has been a true revalation for me. After 8 years in wine industry this was the first time i was really able to dive deep into Spain as wine country. SWS helped me trully understand, appreciate and strengthen my love and passion for spanish wines and culture. Certainly it is a massive beggining of my spanish journey, that i hope will last a lifetime. I totally recommend taking any of WSG programms of one's choice for anyone who is as passionate as i am in order to get some really serious and in depth knowledge on subject. Bravo WSG! And thank you! "
    • Adam Zhang
      on Feb 20, 2021
      "The content of this program is very well organized and the interactive e-learning modules is extremely helpful, one can certainly become an expert in Spanish wine once finished studying this program! "
    • Francisco Riveros
      on Feb 11, 2021
      " I loved the depth of the materials, and Rick Fisher has a way of simplifying the hardest subjects. The book is one of the most important reference books I have, and can always count on it. "
    • 0
      on Dec 15, 2020
      "The combination of text and well laid out and reinforcing on-line learning resource is excellent. "
    • Sarah Timbrook-Nugent
      on Dec 4, 2020
      "Spanish wine is such an important category at retail but not well understood; the course content includes the very latest developments in DO regulations and grounds them in an understanding of history. Well done!"
    • alexandrema
      on Oct 15, 2020
      "WSG offers me a giant window through which I am able to see the colorful wine world. "

    Disclaimer: WSG offers wine study courses that are targeted to both beginners and those more experienced in the wine industry. While WSG has received many accolades, awards, and testimonials, WSG is not an accredited institution or school. WSG does not guarantee or warrant that any employer or school will recognize WSG wine study courses. While WSG knows that it is a well-recognized institution within the multi-national wine community, it cannot guarantee anyone success in their profession or vocation.

    WSG thanks the following organizations for their support: