Spanish Wine Scholar online - Independent Study Format

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The package includes:

The SWS study manual, access to the SWS online course for one year and registration for the SWS online exam-sit. Does not include the one-year membership subscription.

Detail of the package:

Spanish Wine Scholar study manual

  • A 315-page full-color study manual on the wines of Spain
  • The most current and comprehensive resource on the wines of Spain
  • Manual doubles as a reference book for wine professionals

One-year access to the SWS online course (e-learning modules)

The Wine Scholar Guild offers an interactive professional development program that is put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum retention of content and ease of use.

  • Students study all Spanish wine regions online... at their own pace!
  • Study materials are available 24/7 and registration is for one full year
  • 16 interactive e-learning modules with loads of illustrations, videos and review quizzes for self-evaluation
  • Instructor Q&A forum for assistance as well as Student Community forums
  • Downloadable maps

Registration for the SWS online exam-sit

  • The exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 60 minutes.
  • The Spanish Wine Scholar credential will be conferred to those individuals who sit the exam and achieve a score of 75 or higher.
  • Online exam candidates must have a computer (tablet not compatible), a good internet connection, a webcam and a microphone with speakers for proctoring purposes.
  • Candidate has one year from registration date to take the exam. When ready, the candidate may contact two weeks in advance, Andrea McEwan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule the exam.

Recognizing the exceptional depth and accuracy of the program, Wines from Spain (ICEX - Spain's Trade & Investment Government Agency) has endorsed the program.

Customer Reviews
5 1 5 Jonathan Emery on Nov 22, 2022
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Spanish Wine Scholar program. The instruction and study materials were excellent. I had a lot of fun and now feel like I have a much greater understanding of Spain, It's wines and why they are so unique.
5 1 5 Konstantinos Lazarakis on Nov 10, 2022
An excellent in approach educational program, providing deep yet not absurd level of knowledge. It covers all the essential elements, from history to culture to wine styles and recent developments. A must-do for every serious wine lover, NOT just every serious Spanish wine lover!

Konstantinos Lazarakis MW
5 1 5 Konstantinos Lazarakis on Nov 10, 2022
An excellent in approach educational program, providing deep yet not absurd level of knowledge. It covers all the essential elements, from history to culture to wine styles and recent developments. A must-do for every serious wine lover, NOT just every serious Spanish wine lover!

Konstantinos Lazarakis MW
5 1 5 Thomas Schramm on Nov 9, 2022
The SWS is a great program. It helped me expand my knowledge and showed a lot of new things. I never though there was so much history and diversity to Spanish Wine. I'm now eager to visit Spain and see all these regions I read about.
5 1 5 Eilen Ravn on Nov 2, 2022
I really enjoyed this course. I thought it was really interesting and Nika is a great teacher. I've learned so much!
5 1 5 David Lane on Oct 19, 2022
I have now studied both the French and Spanish Wine Scholar programmes. I didn’t know how much I didn’t know before taking them. Both were as pleasurable as they were informative. I’ve now signed up for Italy!
5 1 5 Marion Miles on Oct 18, 2022
Fantastic programme for those interested in expanding their Spanish wine knowledge. Great online resources to help with studying, as well as great teachers and wine to taste.
5 1 5 Tse Chun Lim on Oct 12, 2022
Its an amazing course, suitable for everyone who wants to study further and really understand the whole picture of Spanish wine culture and industry. Enjoyable, funny, and stunning. Keeps me thirsty for Spanish wine, and knowledge!
5 1 5 Mario Roma on Sep 16, 2022
A fabulous journey through Spain vineyards and history what's a real privilege. SWS brought me the smells and flavours of the same wines which a thirsty Don Quijote has drunk celebrating his victories besides Sancho; the deep ruby that hipnotyzed Pablo Picasso or Salvador Dalí; the life and death of vines as centuries of war and conquest pass by. Finally, a lovely kind of no wayback intimacy with the next glass. Thank you for all.
5 1 4 Franco Cirelli on Sep 15, 2022
The Spanish Wine Scholar program encourages students to not only learn about Spanish wines but relish the experience of tasting them. It leaves students wanting to sample more Spanish wines and travel to the areas where they are produced. Students who complete this course gain a fantastic appreciation for Spanish wines, culture, history and many individual communities and regions.
5 1 5 Zhenqi Han on Aug 29, 2022
A detailed explanation of Wines from Spain, with very interesting points of history and wine cultures.
5 1 5 Ying Ying Chen on Aug 24, 2022
Before SWS, I didn't know there are so many interesting wines and cultural high lights in Spain. Makes me want to visit Spain again. I did an online program, and didn't find all the wines mentioned in the program, but I'll keep referring to it and will expand my wine tasting experience as I go.
5 1 5 Graham Walter SWS on Jul 2, 2022
The SWS program had everything I was looking for. The content, structure, and practical approach were all fantastic and it was presented in an easy to understand and logical way. Outside of the world of wine, I am a practicing physician with a schedule that made the online independent study format perfect. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with a general interest in wine or an interest in Spain in particular.

Hopefully, Spanish master classes are coming to the scholar guild soon!
5 1 5 Rusk Elatassi on Jun 29, 2022
Truly enjoyed the course . The material , overall was coherent , easy to follow and just enough information without going too in depth. The wines tasted were specific to the regions as expected .
5 1 5 Amr Elnashai on Jun 10, 2022
The program is very well structured and provides exceptionally interesting and useful wine knowledge that would satisfy the professional and the hobbyist alike.
5 1 5 Derek Man on Jun 1, 2022
The material on the online class room and pronunciation are great and help me a lot of mastering Spanish wine.
5 1 5 Maria Jose Paez on May 24, 2022
Absolutely fantastic! Loved the way the study manual is disposed, its organization made my study considerably easy! Besides, the software reinforced and perfectly summarized all chapters. Can’t wait to enroll in the French wine course!!!!
5 1 4 Annie Davis on May 23, 2022
I love the WSG! I just completed FWS and SWS and am extremely pleased with the quality of the learning material, from the books, to the maps, to the learning objectives, and the online modules. It's very well organized and comprehensive and I've discovered so many things about wine regions that I didn't learn in other certification courses. Great job - super excited to be moving on to IWS next!
5 1 4 Juan Carlos Gallegos on May 23, 2022
Spanish Wine Scholar is a comprehensive course covering all wine producing regions of Spain. Study material is precise and easy to understand. Very recommended for wine professionals as well as for wine aficionados.
5 1 5 Santiago Vintimilla on May 22, 2022
I liked a lot the program and I’m looking forward to study the French program.
5 1 4 Ducreux on May 11, 2022
A good and complete panorama of the Spanish wine industry
5 1 5 Jim Harden on May 6, 2022
Coming into the SWS program I had some basic knowledge of Spanish wine from certifications with the International Sommelier Guild and Wine and Spirits Eduction Trust, but now that I have completed the program and am a SWS, I am amazed and pleased with the in-depth knowledge I have not just about Spain wine, but about the relevant history, geography, climate, and wine laws. I cannot recommend this program highly enough...Thank You!!!
5 1 5 Ulrik Ljungberg on Apr 27, 2022
Super course and I had so much fun and learnt so much. I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about Spanish wine!
5 1 5 JOSE MARIA MARTIN on Apr 26, 2022
excellent training about Spanish wines. Very complete course to have a global vision of wines in Spain.
5 1 5 Jessica Jeffrey on Apr 14, 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed studying the Spanish Wine Scholar via the independent learning online format. The textbook was very informative and separated into easy-to-follow chapters and sections with the 'need to know' exam content highlighted. Having studied Spanish and Italian at university and previously having completed my WSET Level 2 and 3, this was the perfect course to marry together my two passions of languages and wine studies. A pairing as good as Pulpo a la Gallega and a glass of DO Rías Baixas Albariño!
5 1 5 Joseph Benvenuto on Mar 29, 2022
I loved it! I’ve taken the IWS, FWS, SWS, and Sherry Wine Scholar. All self directed. All the materials and information has been amazing!!!! Thank you! Hope to see more wine regions in the future.
5 1 5 Janice Robinson on Mar 27, 2022
Spanish Wine Scholar provided in-depth information on the history of Spain and the history of wine in Spain. The regional focus gave me extensive content to get 'up close' to Spain's provinces. I now have a few more must visit wine regions to add to my growing list. Thanks for helping me gain expertise in Spanish Wine!!
5 1 5 Greg Whisenant on Mar 1, 2022
As a long time veteran of the wine industry, I took the Spanish Wine Scholar course more out of curiosity than as a means to advance my career. That said, I think this is a hugely important credential to have for any serious wine lover, professional or hobbyist. I believe Spain is often an overlooked country with regard to other wine certifications, and this course goes to great lengths to correct that. The Spanish Wine Scholar is packed with in-depth history and the deepest of dives into so many important wine regions that I am happy to have discovered, or rediscovered. From a historical perspective, Spain is one of the world's most important wine producing regions, and this course, and Rick Fisher's passion for all things Spanish, provides a healthy reminder of that!
5 1 5 Antoinette Landragin on Feb 2, 2022
The Spanish Wine Scholar Program is an excellent independent study of this ever-evolving wine-producing country. The in-depth coverage offered on the key aspects of Spain's wine trade accurately reflects the large diversity of the land, wine, and history. This program is a must-do for wine trade professionals focusing on international wine styles.
5 1 4 Roger Torriero on Jan 8, 2022
It was a great way to learn about Spanish wine during this ongoing pandemic. The course instructor and administrator are student-focused and quite understanding and accommodating of the learner's needs and requirements. Highly recommended!
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