Instructor-Led Format

Spanish Wine Scholar™ Online | Instructor-Led Format

Earn the Spanish Wine Scholar™ (SWS) post-nominal through online study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 13 on-demand webinars let by your instructor.

This format provides the convenience and flexibility of an online study program with structured and ongoing support you need to get you over the finish line. Join the 13 on-demand webinars from any location with an internet connection, at any time that suits your busy schedule. Connect with your instructor and fellow classmates during Monthly Meet-Ups and anytime via the online classroom forums. 

WSG provides the most up-to-date wine study programs on the market, stellar instruction from world renowned instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals, and all the necessary tools to master Spanish wine.

Instructor-Led Format

Next session starts April 20

Price: $950



Preview of the Program:


The Spanish Wine Scholar™ Online | Instructor-Led Format Includes: 


      • The Spanish Wine Scholar™ online exam
      • Roadmap for successful course completion
      • 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
      • Access to WSG Spanish Wine Scholar Alumni Community upon passing the course
      • Classroom camaraderie during themed Monthly Meet-Ups with your instructor and fellow classmates

Instructor-Led Format

Next session starts April 20

Price: $950


Meet Your Instructor: 


Rick Fisher, SWS, DipWSET, Spanish Programs Director

Rick Fisher, DipWSET, is Spanish Programs Director for the Wine Scholar Guild (WSG). He wrote, researched, and developed the Wine Scholar Guild’s Spanish Wine Scholar™ study and certification program which launched in 2019. Rick’s passion for Spain and his Spanish heritage guides his desire to educate students about Spanish wine. Prior to joining WSG, he had created and maintained a blog titled “Bodega: Eat. Drink. Explore. ESPAÑA!” for over a decade.

He is a wine judge, educator, and writer with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Rick is also a Certified Sherry Educator and a Certified Rioja Educator.



How Does it Work?

  • Upon registration, you will receive instant access to all of the course materials, including the e-book.
  • The 315-page Spanish Wine Scholar study manual will arrive in the mail shortly after registration.
  • Follow the structured roadmap to embark on your 11-week journey to cover all of the material in bite-sized digestible sections.
  • 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!
  • Watch the accompanying 13 on-demand webinars on your computer or tablet.
  • Join the optional Monthly Meet-Ups with your instructor and other course participants from around the world. This is an an opportunity to exchange freely with your instructor and fellow students on a pre-defined topic related to your course material. Wine optional!
  • Have a question after watching a 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, you can contact us to 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.

What's Included Instructors Details Study Materials


About 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.

Your instructor is available for questions via the Q&A forum and during live Office Hours. There is also a student forum should you wish to create a study or tasting group in your area or just to 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, phone or tablet, you have a classroom!

Suggested Schedule of Study:


Welcome & Introduction to SWS

  • Meet your instructor
  • General orientation (online forums, course navigation, study assists)
  • How to successfully complete the course

Session 1

Chapter 1: Fundamentals

  • Read “Fundamentals”
  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “Fundamentals” Review Webinar

Session 2

Chapter 2: Green Spain

  • Read “Green Spain”
  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “Green Spain” Review Webinar

Session 3

Chapter 3: The Duero River Valley

  • Read “The Duero River Valley”
  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “The Duero River Valley” Review Webinar

Session 4

Chapter 4: La Rioja/DOCa Rioja

  • Read “La Rioja/DOCa Rioja”
  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “La Rioja/DOCa Rioja” Review Webinar

Session 5

Chapter 5: The Ebro River Valley

  • Read “The Ebro River Valley”
  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “The Ebro River” Review Webinar

Session 6

Chapter 6: Cataluña

  • Read “Cataluña”
  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “Cataluña” Review Webinar

Session 7

Chapter 7: The Central Mediterranean Coast

  • Read “The Central Mediterranean Coast”
  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “The Central Mediterranean” Review Webinar

Session 8

Chapter 8: The Meseta

  • Read “The Meseta”
  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “The Meseta” Review Webinar

Session 9

Chapter 9: Andalucía

  • Read “Andalucía”
  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “Andalucía” Review Webinar

Session 10

Chapter 10: The Islands

  • Read “The Islands”
  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “The Islands” Review Webinar

Session 11

Final Comprehensive Review

  • Review Study Assists
  • Watch “Final Review” Webinar
  • Take Online Practice Exam

Instructor-Led Format

Next session starts April 20

Price: $950


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 links 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 color and are rich in imagery and iconic wine labels of each region.

Every Spanish wine appellation is discussed 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.

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 computer or tablet 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

Detailed Spanish Wine Maps:

Your study manual will be packed with beautiful wine maps which have been designed for this program by Wine Scholar Guild. Electronic versions of these maps, in addition to blank practice maps, are also available for download on the online course page.

Professional Instructor Support:

  • Online Independent Study: via the Q&A forum answered by Rick Fisher, Spanish Programs Director
  • Online Instructor-Led Format: via the Q&A forum plus during live Monthly Meet-Ups with your instructor
  • 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. "

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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