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    10-week Instructor-Led Format

    Spanish Wine Scholar ™ online | 10-week Instructor-Led Format

    Earn the Spanish Wine Scholar™ (SWS) post-nominal through 10 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 10 live review webinars. 

    This format provides the convenience and flexibility of an online study program with interactive live “classroom” instruction delivered to a global student network via computer or tablet.

    We provide true tech support, stellar instruction from world renowned instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals and all the necessary tools to master Spanish wines.

    REGISTER What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study SWS STUDY TOOLS


    Preview of the program:

    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 | 10-week Instructor-Led Format includes: 


        • 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: $790

    Get your SWS certification in 10 weeks! Next online instructor-led session starts May 18, 2021. Registration is now open!
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    REGISTER What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study SWS STUDY TOOLS

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    Meet your instructor: 


    Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar™ Education Director

    • Creator of the Spanish Wine Scholar™ program
    • Awarded Certified Sherry Educator through the Consejo Regulador of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
    • Creator of Bodega: Adventures in Spanish Food & Wine, a venue for the promotion and education of Spanish food, wine, and culture
    • Provided education content for Rias Baixas and Drink Ribera consumer campaigns in the USA
    • Traveled extensively throughout Spain

    How it works:

    • You receive the full-color, 315-page Spanish Wine Scholar study manual for independent reading and study. Work through the material when you have time in your schedule. 
    • You are provided access to on-line study modules and review quizzes corresponding to the course content found in the manual. These are available to you 24/7!
    • Attend 10 live webinars for 10 weeks via webinar accessible from computer or tablet. An opportunity to exchange freely with your instructor and fellow students. We always love to hear from you! Can’t make a webinar live? No problem. All are recorded for on demand replay in webinar or podcast formats…perfect on your way to work!
    • Have a question after watching a recorded webinar? Contact your instructor via and Instructor Q&A forum.
    • Track your progress through the course curriculum via our online tracking system.
    • You have one year from your registration date to take your final exam. When you are ready, please contact one month in advance, WSG Office Manager Céline Camus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check on availability and schedule your online exam. The test consists of 100 multiple choice questions. There is no tasting component. All you need is a laptop equipped with microphone and webcam and an internet connection.
    • We have structured the curriculum into a three-month program to keep you focused and disciplined in your study. But you have a full year to sit the exam…just in case life gets in the way.

    REGISTER What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study SWS STUDY TOOLS


    Why this format?:

    1It is manageable.

    The program is designed to keep you on track…but it is also flexible enough to enable you to catch up should your schedule get interrupted…or even to suspend it should you get derailed. It is designed to accommodate the needs of a busy professional.

    2You have real human support.

    Rick is available for questions via chat box during webinars and via the Q&A forum. There is also a student forum should you wish to create a study group/tasting group in your area or just interact with your fellow students. You can be as interactive or as independent as you want to be.

    3You are part of a global student community.

    Your classmates will hail from every segment of the wine industry from all over the globe and offer very different insights and points of view. The intellectual ferment adds to the depth of your learning.

    4Your classroom is mobile.

    If you have a computer, cell phone or tablet, you have a classroom!

    Schedule of study:

    Get your SWS certification in 10 weeks! Next online instructor-led session starts May 18, 2021. Registration is now open! 
    Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

    Week 1
    (May 17 - 21)

    Welcome webinar (30 mins) 

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Meet your instructor and other students

    ·       General orientation 

    ·       How to access online program and log-in to live webinars

    ·       How to use the discussion forum

    Self-study: Fundamentals & Green Spain

    Week 2
    (May 24 - 28)

    Live webinar (1 hr 30 mins)

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Fundamentals & Green Spain

    Self-study: The Duero River Valley

    Week 3
    (May 31 - June 4)

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Duero River Valley

    Self-study: La Rioja & The Ebro River Valley

    Week 4
    (June 7 - 11) 

    Live webinar (1 hr 30 mins)

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of La Rioja & The Ebro River Valley

    Self-study: Cataluña

    Week 5
    (June 14 - 18) 

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Cataluña

    Self-study: The Central Mediterranean Coast

    Week 6
    (June 21 - 25)

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Central Mediterranean Coast

    Self-study: The Meseta 

    Week 7
    (June 28 - July 2)

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Meseta

    Self-study: Andalucía

    Week 8
    (July 5 - 9)

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, July 6, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of Andalucía

    Self-study: The Islands

    Week 9
    (July 12 - 16)

    Live webinar (1 hr)

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·       Check-in on progress

    ·       Review of The Islands

    Revision week

    Week 10
    (July 19 - 23)

    Final live review webinar (1 hr 15 mins)

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021 @ 12:00 noon ET

    ·      Cross-regional review & recap

    ·      Sample test questions & exam protocols

    REGISTER What's Included Instructors 

    How it works Why this format? Schedule of study SWS STUDY TOOLS

    No vote

    Study Materials:


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


    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

    1 comment

    • Comment Link stephanie rudolph Tuesday, 05 November 2019 00:08 posted by stephanie rudolph

      I am interested in taking the Spanish Wine Scholar course; when will the next 15 week instructor led sessions begin?
      Is it possible to purchase the book in advance of the course to start learning?
      Currently a member of SWE and about to take the CSW exam-fingers crossed.

      Thank you very much,

      Stephanie Rudolph

    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.

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