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

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US$950.00

The package includes:

The SWS study manual, access to interactive e-learning modules, and review webinars for one year as well as registration for the SWS online exam-sit. Does not include the one-year membership subscription.

Get your SWS certification in 10 weeks! Next online instructor-led session starts January 17, 2023. Registration is now open!
Get a head start! Gain instant access to online study materials... followed shortly by your study manual!

Detail of the package:

Spanish Wine Scholar study manual

  • A 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

Professional instructor support with Rick Fisher, SWS Education Director

  • A schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
  • 10 live review webinars recorded for on-demand replay
  • 16 interactive e-learning modules with loads of illustrations and videos
  • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
  • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group organized by students enrolled in the online program
  • Instructor Q&A forum for assistance as well as Student Community forums
  • Downloadable maps
  • Access to pronunciation exercise
  • Study materials are available 24/7 and registration is for one full year

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 4 Agustin G Corbella on Nov 20, 2022
I loved the experience from start to finish. As the son of a Spaniard and wine shop owner/sommelier, I wanted to obtain this certification partly as a way to grow closer to my family heritage - and I think we succeeded!

Thank you, Rick, for being such a great teacher and for making this such a rewarding experience.
5 1 4 Agustin G Corbella on Nov 20, 2022
I loved the experience from start to finish. As the son of a Spaniard and wine shop owner/sommelier, I wanted to obtain this certification partly as a way to grow closer to my family heritage - and I think we succeeded!

Thank you, Rick, for being such a great teacher and for making this such a rewarding experience.
5 1 5 Kim Kunchick on Oct 5, 2022
Love the instructor he focused on key need to know while highlighting extra material and dropping fun info about Spain outside of testing material. It was a well rounded course. He’s so passionate about Spain and Spanish wine and it came through. The information was presented so well it sets you up for sucess in passing the test and gaining Spanish wine knowledge.
5 1 5 Kim Kunchick on Oct 5, 2022
Love the instructor he focused on key need to know while highlighting extra material and dropping fun info about Spain outside of testing material. It was a well rounded course. He’s so passionate about Spain and Spanish wine and it came thur. The information was presented so well it sets you up for sucess in passing the test and gaining Spanish wine knowledge.
5 1 5 Beryl Carew on Oct 4, 2022
I recently completed the Spanish Wine Scholar exam and passed with highest honors. I attribute this to Rick Fisher, the instructor and author of the study manual, and to the plethora of high quality study aids including flashcards, quizzes, learning objectives, online webinars with associated pdfs of webinar slides made available during and following the online course. I was not able to take the exam in the time provided for the course but was easily able to extend my time and access to all study materials. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to get an in-depth understanding of the wines and wine-producing areas of Spain.
5 1 5 Jennifer Lordan on Jul 31, 2022
This is an excellent and truly challenging program!
5 1 5 Jennifer Lordan on Jul 31, 2022
This is an excellent and truly challenging program!
5 1 5 Jennifer Lordan on Jul 31, 2022
This is an excellent and truly challenging program!
5 1 5 Louise Boutin on Jun 29, 2022
Loved the Spanish Wine Scholar Program! Rick and Sasha are fantastic and very engaging instructors who truly know what they are talking about. I now have such a greater appreciation for Spanish wines and the history of Spain. I highly recommend the instructor led program!
5 1 5 Laura Norena on Jun 19, 2022
Both Rick and Sasha were great at explaining each lesson and helping with our doubts. Really enjoyed taking this course with both of them.
5 1 5 Lyndsey Wylie on Jun 13, 2022
I enjoyed the Spanish Wine Scholar programme very much. I was not as familiar with the wines of Spain compared to other regions and it was fun to learn about the breadth and depth of a new country.

The materials were great to follow and tutoring excellent.
5 1 4 Selina Miao on Jun 2, 2022
The maps of individual regions are way better than WSET.
5 1 4 Pedro Barroso on May 21, 2022
It was really enjoyable, easy to follow, and I feel i learned so much in a short period of time. I highly recommend!
5 1 5 Alex Schirmeister on May 20, 2022
Building on the FWS (in-classroom), I decided to also pursue the SWS. But work forced me to follow a distance-learning format this time around.And to be honest, it was just as excellent. The materials, the distance learning, the wine samples.... everything was excellent. I loved it and am very pleased to have completed the course.
5 1 5 Koenraad Bouteligier on May 15, 2022
I followed the SWG and it gave me an extra impuls to study more, even after the exam i was in a learning mood and wanted to study extra and learn more about the subject
After doing the SWG I am thinking to do the other courses too.
This is a great formula to learn about winemaking in Spain , also in general,
The on line classes where top.
5 1 5 Elizabeth Tsai on Apr 28, 2022
I really enjoyed the Spanish wine scholar program. There are a ton of information but it's organized in a consistent format that are easy to understand and study. This is a program suitable for those who are interested in both the viticulture and history of Spanish wine. I highly recommend it!
5 1 5 Anonymous on Apr 9, 2022
I will sincerely recommend this course anytime and anywhere. Rick and Sasha made this course so exciting with the enthusiasm and encouragement ?
5 1 5 Anonymous on Mar 3, 2022
I found the SWS fantastic and I have gained so much better understanding of wines from Spain. For start I did not know that there are 17 autonomous states in Spain. The material is also very good for references for future use in my Wine School.
5 1 5 Anonymous on Mar 1, 2022
Materials and knowledge learned are truly remarkably in depth, enjoyable in a meaningful way. Throughout the journey, it's genuinely excellent except perhaps the timing for students like me in Asia was a little brutal. But then, overall it's totally enjoyable! Rick and Sasha made the session very interesting, they are both approachable and supportive.
5 1 4 Mark Annett on Feb 10, 2022
Course was very interesting. It was great to be able to get questions answered as the each session proceeded since for most sessions there were two instructors present.

After the course you feel you know, and have an appreciation for, each region in Spain for its wines.
5 1 5 Helen Odea on Jan 28, 2022
Very happy to promote the online SWS course, led by Rick Fisher. It was very well delivered, the technology worked well and the comprehensive coverage of the course content was information and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed it and happy now to be a SWS ??
5 1 5 Maxime Dubois on Jan 24, 2022
I decided to take the SWS exam after my great experience taking the FWS last year. I chose the instructor-led format and I don't regret any of it! Sasha & Rick have been fantastic teachers, and very available too, for out-of-class questions! I feel a lot more confident regarding the wines of Spain now, although quite rich in content, the program is well laid-out and understandable. A must for all wine lovers & professionals out there!
5 1 5 Melanie Webber on Jan 20, 2022
Monica Marin was an excellent teacher!!
5 1 5 Luke Darracott on Dec 27, 2021
Wonderful course, both instructors were amazing!
5 1 5 Annie Vazquez on Dec 20, 2021
The Spanish Wine Scholar program is incredibly thorough and so interesting overall. I enjoyed the whole course, I learned a lot I didn't know (and was the idea in taking the course), and the study manual is fantastic and very user-friendly. The instructor-led class was a great complement and important, I may add.
I love Spain but my appreciation to this country and it's wines has increased exponentially and has me enamored!
Thank you, Rick!! Kudos for you! ??
5 1 5 James Bushee on Dec 18, 2021
The Spanish Wine Scholar program provides an excellent understanding of Spanish wines and culture. This is one of the best wine education courses that I’ve taken, with engaging instructors and interesting study materials. I highly recommend it.

Jim Bushee, FWS, CWE
5 1 5 Marco D'ignazio on Dec 7, 2021
The SWS program is truly what a wine lover needs to dive into the wines, history and culture of Spain. I'd start over if I could!
5 1 5 John Mcauliffe on Dec 5, 2021
Our lead was Monica Marin. Monica was born and raised in Spain (Madrid). Her wine life began in Spain. All to the benefit of her students.
She is a wonderful teacher.
So often wine classes focus on wine itself, terroir and producers.
The Spanish WSG program was next level. We learned about the viticulture, cuisine and the rich Spanish history. This combination lifts our appreciation of the position wine holds in all aspects of life in Spain.
5 1 5 Alessandro Ago on Dec 3, 2021
I took the course via The Wine House with Monica Marin, who was absolutely wonderful and led fantastic tasting sessions, alongside very cheerful and informative live webinars and reviews. She's fantastic!! Also, don't forget to send her the trip to Burgundy that she earned from the FWS educator of the year in 2019!
5 1 5 Alejandro Artigas on Dec 3, 2021
Monica Marin is an exceptional instructor. I will gladly take more courses with her. She is such a vital, energetic confident, knowledgeable instructor. She is the epitome of an excellent educator. I am not in the wine trade, and this course was a bit over my head. Without her, I would have most likely not done well. There is a lot of material, the info can be daunting.Now,I'm sure I will get an excellent grade of over 90%,or honors. She was the inspiration to my learning. Her knowledge and care is contagious. I truly enjoyed the course, it has forever changed me.
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