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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:

    • Catherine Oconnor
      on Aug 31, 2020
      "Great deep dive into the wine regions of Spain and the cultural aspects affecting wine styles. Rick Fisher's passion for Spanish wines jump off the pages of the book - it's like going on a wine country tour without leaving your seat."
    • Ettore Donadeo
      on Aug 31, 2020
      "It is a deep, but very well structured course, with lots of information that are usually impossible to find all in one place elsewhere. The manual has a clear writing and very beautiful maps. Each appellation is precisely broken down into percentage of wine styles, soil, authorized grapes, preferred grapes etc, making the learning easier. In fact I would like this structure to be adopted also in the manual of other programs, like the Italian Wine Scholar."
    • Hf George Mak
      on Aug 13, 2020
      "Eliminating all the fears for those who believe that Spanish wines are difficult to understand and learn. A great chance to explore hidden gems in the wine world within limited budget."
    • Nick Forsey
      on Jul 8, 2020
      "The WSG Spanish Wine Scholar course is an enjoyable, informative and well-structured learning programme that provides an insightful overview whilst going through each of the regions in detail. The history, diverse landscapes, climates and peoples that make up Spain and how they contribute to the many different styles of wines produced there are brought together in their program. I'd recommend it to anyone with an appreciation of Spanish wine or wine in general."
    • Hf George Mak
      on Jul 8, 2020
      "Providing in-depth knowledge for Spanish Wines"
    • Jenny Van Lieshout
      on Jul 6, 2020
      "Spain is a huge wine country and you can easily get lost in the numerous wine regions and appellations. The Spanish Wine Scholar program provides you with a clear and comprehensive overview of this dynamic wine country. The incorporation of different influencing factors (history, topography, climate etc) of each region makes you better understand the regions and their wine styles. And it makes you want to taste all the wines! "
    • Ednajar Macedo Filho
      on Jun 22, 2020
      "SWS textbook is written in a very approachable format, easy to understand. The on line supplement materials and quizzes also are very helpful stressing most important points that you should pay attention. Don' t be affraid on chosing the Independent Study Format, I strongly recomend you! "
    • Kurt Garbars
      on Jun 21, 2020
      "The Spanish Wine Scholar program was very comprehensive and I learned a great deal about a country that is generally underrepresented in most other wine programs. I've enjoyed many great Spanish wines while participating in this program."
    • Volker Trede
      on Jun 19, 2020
      "Loved the self study of Spanish wine during Corona lock-down here in Adelaide. Celebrated some of the units with the respective matching wine as a treat. Could do that for a living :-)"
    • Seana Yee
      on Jun 17, 2020
      "Taking SWS after having been out of the wine industry for three years reinvigorated my excitement for not only wine but for Spain. It also rekindled my desire to be a wine educator. The Wine Scholar Guild allowed me to dream again and know that it's attainable!"
    • Diana Schultz
      on Jun 16, 2020
      "This is the second WSG course I have taken and I look forward to the next one. The programs are wonderfully comprehensive. It was been fun to get some in depth knowledge on one country (or region) at a time. The online study materials are a game changer! The learning modules w short quizzes and flash cards are very helpful to stay on track with the learning objectives. I highly recommend taking a WSG course if you are ready for another serious step of education into the wine world. "
    • Ali Fannyan
      on Jun 10, 2020
      "In spite of all the external problems in the world in 2020, the class was something to help keep me distracted from all the chaos. I looked forward to going to class every week and want for there to always be in classroom Wine Scholar certification courses. Plesee do not let Zoom lectures and on line learning be the only way. There is something intangible about being in a real classroom with the instructor in front of us. We need to be engaged more in the real world and less in the online world. "
    • Ting-chia Ting
      on May 3, 2020
      "Thoroughly edited manual & structure which facilitates people interested in Spanish wines but falling to find a door in."
    • Aleksandar Simic
      on Apr 27, 2020
      "SWS is an excellent program. Not only that it does excellent presentation of viticulture, wines and grapes of Spain, but it also gives phenomenal,concise and relevant overview of Spanish history as it relates to vini-viti. Online material is also very well structured, easy to follow and very, very useful. Spanish learning game is good addition, too."
    • Peter Burke
      on Apr 27, 2020
      "The course was very well structured and the study material interesting, well laid out and easy to understand. Our tuition provider did a great job in making the tastings/tuition both informative and fun, and provided an excellent range of wines - both mainstream and less well-known, in order to give us a broad appreciation of the wine character of each region. My only suggestions for improvement would be the addition of multiple-choice questions for each region within the online material, and the provision of more mock exams - either from WSG directly, or by the tuition provider."

    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:

    • Catherine Oconnor
      on Aug 31, 2020
      "Great deep dive into the wine regions of Spain and the cultural aspects affecting wine styles. Rick Fisher's passion for Spanish wines jump off the pages of the book - it's like going on a wine country tour without leaving your seat."
    • Ettore Donadeo
      on Aug 31, 2020
      "It is a deep, but very well structured course, with lots of information that are usually impossible to find all in one place elsewhere. The manual has a clear writing and very beautiful maps. Each appellation is precisely broken down into percentage of wine styles, soil, authorized grapes, preferred grapes etc, making the learning easier. In fact I would like this structure to be adopted also in the manual of other programs, like the Italian Wine Scholar."
    • Hf George Mak
      on Aug 13, 2020
      "Eliminating all the fears for those who believe that Spanish wines are difficult to understand and learn. A great chance to explore hidden gems in the wine world within limited budget."
    • Nick Forsey
      on Jul 8, 2020
      "The WSG Spanish Wine Scholar course is an enjoyable, informative and well-structured learning programme that provides an insightful overview whilst going through each of the regions in detail. The history, diverse landscapes, climates and peoples that make up Spain and how they contribute to the many different styles of wines produced there are brought together in their program. I'd recommend it to anyone with an appreciation of Spanish wine or wine in general."
    • Hf George Mak
      on Jul 8, 2020
      "Providing in-depth knowledge for Spanish Wines"
    • Jenny Van Lieshout
      on Jul 6, 2020
      "Spain is a huge wine country and you can easily get lost in the numerous wine regions and appellations. The Spanish Wine Scholar program provides you with a clear and comprehensive overview of this dynamic wine country. The incorporation of different influencing factors (history, topography, climate etc) of each region makes you better understand the regions and their wine styles. And it makes you want to taste all the wines! "
    • Ednajar Macedo Filho
      on Jun 22, 2020
      "SWS textbook is written in a very approachable format, easy to understand. The on line supplement materials and quizzes also are very helpful stressing most important points that you should pay attention. Don' t be affraid on chosing the Independent Study Format, I strongly recomend you! "
    • Kurt Garbars
      on Jun 21, 2020
      "The Spanish Wine Scholar program was very comprehensive and I learned a great deal about a country that is generally underrepresented in most other wine programs. I've enjoyed many great Spanish wines while participating in this program."
    • Volker Trede
      on Jun 19, 2020
      "Loved the self study of Spanish wine during Corona lock-down here in Adelaide. Celebrated some of the units with the respective matching wine as a treat. Could do that for a living :-)"
    • Seana Yee
      on Jun 17, 2020
      "Taking SWS after having been out of the wine industry for three years reinvigorated my excitement for not only wine but for Spain. It also rekindled my desire to be a wine educator. The Wine Scholar Guild allowed me to dream again and know that it's attainable!"
    • Diana Schultz
      on Jun 16, 2020
      "This is the second WSG course I have taken and I look forward to the next one. The programs are wonderfully comprehensive. It was been fun to get some in depth knowledge on one country (or region) at a time. The online study materials are a game changer! The learning modules w short quizzes and flash cards are very helpful to stay on track with the learning objectives. I highly recommend taking a WSG course if you are ready for another serious step of education into the wine world. "
    • Ali Fannyan
      on Jun 10, 2020
      "In spite of all the external problems in the world in 2020, the class was something to help keep me distracted from all the chaos. I looked forward to going to class every week and want for there to always be in classroom Wine Scholar certification courses. Plesee do not let Zoom lectures and on line learning be the only way. There is something intangible about being in a real classroom with the instructor in front of us. We need to be engaged more in the real world and less in the online world. "
    • Ting-chia Ting
      on May 3, 2020
      "Thoroughly edited manual & structure which facilitates people interested in Spanish wines but falling to find a door in."
    • Aleksandar Simic
      on Apr 27, 2020
      "SWS is an excellent program. Not only that it does excellent presentation of viticulture, wines and grapes of Spain, but it also gives phenomenal,concise and relevant overview of Spanish history as it relates to vini-viti. Online material is also very well structured, easy to follow and very, very useful. Spanish learning game is good addition, too."
    • Peter Burke
      on Apr 27, 2020
      "The course was very well structured and the study material interesting, well laid out and easy to understand. Our tuition provider did a great job in making the tastings/tuition both informative and fun, and provided an excellent range of wines - both mainstream and less well-known, in order to give us a broad appreciation of the wine character of each region. My only suggestions for improvement would be the addition of multiple-choice questions for each region within the online material, and the provision of more mock exams - either from WSG directly, or by the tuition provider."

    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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