Independent Study Format

Spanish Wine Scholar ™ Online | Independent Study Format


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 Spanish Wine Scholar™ Online | Independent Study 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: $750


The SWS program is also available in a instructor-led online format including on-demand review webinars with Rick Fisher, SWS Education Director.




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


The program was created by Spanish wine specialist Rick Fisher, Spanish Programs Director at Wine Scholar Guild.

Foods and 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.

Endorsed by 


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.

Student Testimonials:

  • Manuel Gonzales
    on Feb 3, 2023
    "As a long term wine professional, educator, sales person and portfolio manager for a large wholesaler in New England, I love the attention to geologic and human history. The format is user friendly, easy to understand and extremely engaging. "
  • Antonina
    on Jan 21, 2023
    "The course was great, even though very detailed. I felt a bit confused with the historical part, especially as to what was required for the exam. I very much appreciate the contact with Rick who sorted out any of my doubts via the I- net platform. Thank you very much!"
  • Jeff Campbell
    on Jan 13, 2023
    "The Spanish Wine Scholar course was a great in-depth study of Spanish wine as well as Spanish wine history. The written materials are excellent and the on-line resources that are available really helped with the "need-to-know" aspects of the course. This was the first course I've taken with the Wine Scholar Guild and I look forward to signing up for the next one!"
    on Dec 20, 2022
    "Great program to deep your knowledge about Spanish wine history, geography, climate, viticulture, winemaking techniques, wine styles, wine law, wine labels and different wine regions with their DOPs and IGPs. Thank you very much Mr. Rick Fisher, all of the SWS team and WSG! "
  • 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."
  • 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 "
  • 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 "
  • Thomas Branco Rossmark 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."
  • 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!"
  • 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!"
  • 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. "
  • 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!"
  • 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."
  • 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. "
  • Zhenqi Han
    on Aug 29, 2022
    "A detailed explanation of Wines from Spain, with very interesting points of history and wine cultures. "

*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.

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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