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    Spanish Wine Scholar™

    Spanish Wine Scholar™ Study & Certification Program

    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.

     

    ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING SWS STUDY MANUAL

    SWS ONLINE STUDY MODULES INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT

    STUDY OPTION 1 | DISTANCE-LEARNING:

    Earn the Spanish Wine Scholar™ (SWS) post-nominal online via the independent study format or enroll in the 10-week instructor-led format with 10 live review webinars.

    The Spanish Wine scholar™ distance-learning format includes:

    PLUS:

        • A suggested schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
        • Live review webinars with Rick Fisher, SWS Education Director (*instructor-led format only)
        • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
        • Downloadable maps of all Spanish wine regions designed by Quentin Sadler
        • 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

     

    PRICING FOR THE ONLINE STUDY FORMATS:

    Independent study format

    On-demand, start anytime

    Price: $595

    LEARN MORE 

    10-week instructor-led format

    Next session starts October 6

    Price: $790

    LEARN MORE

     

     

    Click here to see the difference between instructor-led vs independent study format.


    Student Testimonials:

    • George HF 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."
    • Alberto Martinez Interiano
      on Jul 16, 2020
      "The Spanish Wine Scholar is a fantastic program to get an in-depth view of all the Spanish wine regions. Taking a model from the successful French and Italian Wine scholar programs, it follows a well-structured approach for the main features in the environment (climate, soils, topography, grapes) as well as key viticulture and verification methods to better understand the traditional wines of the main DOs of Spain. Highly Recommended for both the professional and enthusiast interested in learning more about Spanish wine! "
    • Crystal Wilson
      on Jul 16, 2020
      "The WSG Spain program is a fantastic way to learn more about Spain in general as well as wine specifically. I'm excited to go to a Spanish restaurant and start working through their wine list. and I can't wait to go back to Spain!"
    • Eugene O'Brien
      on Jul 10, 2020
      "I would highly recommend the SWS course to not just those that are working in the world of wine but also to those that may be new to wines and are curious to know more! The study manual and online study guides are highly intuitive and interesting for all levels of wine lovers!"
    • Nicholas 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."
    • George HF Mak
      on Jul 8, 2020
      "Providing in-depth knowledge for Spanish Wines"
    • Nataliia Burlachenko
      on Jul 7, 2020
      "I like this course a lot! The structure and the presented material is awesome! Especially I like the tests to complete each region. For me, as foreigner, was not always easy to understand the professor but he was very helpful and then tests helped me to fix everything in my head. I plan to take another course with WSG"
    • Patrick W Bartle
      on Jul 6, 2020
      "Phenomenal course ..!! Well structured with great supplementary learning materials. Rick's enthusiam made it even that much more enjoyable...!! I feel like I learned more relevant and practical information in this course/certification than in many of the others I have previosuly experienced. History, geography, and everything else you need to know to flex your knowledge of Spanish wines on a very high level....Loved it...!! Thank you. Cheers, Pat "
    • 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! "
    • Anthony Gerard Higgins
      on Jul 2, 2020
      "I found the Spanish Wine Scholar course really useful and interesting. The information that I learnt I will be able to use in future projects that I have planned. "
    • Debbie Caine
      on Jun 29, 2020
      "Loved this course!!! I learned a lot and feel so comfortable with Spanish wine! Can’t wait to go back to Spain and practice what I have learned!!"
    • Gretchen Thomas
      on Jun 28, 2020
      "Wonderfully comprehensive and thorough class on Spain. There’s a ton of knowledge packed into 300 pages, having the online modules really solidified the key points in the text book. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to sharpen their knowledge in Spanish wines!"
    • Richard Milot
      on Jun 22, 2020
      "A clear, complete and very well structured program that delivers the need to know and then some. The historical perspective helps to bring wine laws into the right context. The manual is very well designed and Rick Fisher does a first rate job delivering the material. Highly recommended. Richard Milot, FWS Certified Sommelier Ottawa, Canada "
    • 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."


    STUDY OPTION 2 | CLASSROOM LEARNING:

    The Spanish Wine Scholar™ program is offered by WSG Approved Program Providers, now including 80 wine schools in 30 countries and 5 continents.

              • Classroom instruction with extensive tutored tastings
              • A copy of the SWS study manual
              • Access to the SWS online study modules & quizzes for class prep & review
              • In-classroom exam sit

    All SWS program providers teach from the same Wine Scholar Guild-developed presentations and are supplied with uniform teaching materials.

    Naturally, each instructor has a unique teaching style, the wine selection will vary by market, the class length and class structure (weekly, biweekly, weekends etc.) will vary from location to location, but the content will be the same no matter where you take the class. For many, the classroom experience helps to reinforce the theory; a tutored tasting component brings each region to life. Many students find the set “schedule” helpful in keeping on top of their studies.

    FIND A PROVIDER NEAR YOU

     

    ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING SWS STUDY MANUAL 

    SWS ONLINE STUDY MODULES INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT 


    Student Testimonials:

    • George HF 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."
    • Alberto Martinez Interiano
      on Jul 16, 2020
      "The Spanish Wine Scholar is a fantastic program to get an in-depth view of all the Spanish wine regions. Taking a model from the successful French and Italian Wine scholar programs, it follows a well-structured approach for the main features in the environment (climate, soils, topography, grapes) as well as key viticulture and verification methods to better understand the traditional wines of the main DOs of Spain. Highly Recommended for both the professional and enthusiast interested in learning more about Spanish wine! "
    • Crystal Wilson
      on Jul 16, 2020
      "The WSG Spain program is a fantastic way to learn more about Spain in general as well as wine specifically. I'm excited to go to a Spanish restaurant and start working through their wine list. and I can't wait to go back to Spain!"
    • Eugene O'Brien
      on Jul 10, 2020
      "I would highly recommend the SWS course to not just those that are working in the world of wine but also to those that may be new to wines and are curious to know more! The study manual and online study guides are highly intuitive and interesting for all levels of wine lovers!"
    • Nicholas 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."
    • George HF Mak
      on Jul 8, 2020
      "Providing in-depth knowledge for Spanish Wines"
    • Nataliia Burlachenko
      on Jul 7, 2020
      "I like this course a lot! The structure and the presented material is awesome! Especially I like the tests to complete each region. For me, as foreigner, was not always easy to understand the professor but he was very helpful and then tests helped me to fix everything in my head. I plan to take another course with WSG"
    • Patrick W Bartle
      on Jul 6, 2020
      "Phenomenal course ..!! Well structured with great supplementary learning materials. Rick's enthusiam made it even that much more enjoyable...!! I feel like I learned more relevant and practical information in this course/certification than in many of the others I have previosuly experienced. History, geography, and everything else you need to know to flex your knowledge of Spanish wines on a very high level....Loved it...!! Thank you. Cheers, Pat "
    • 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! "
    • Anthony Gerard Higgins
      on Jul 2, 2020
      "I found the Spanish Wine Scholar course really useful and interesting. The information that I learnt I will be able to use in future projects that I have planned. "
    • Debbie Caine
      on Jun 29, 2020
      "Loved this course!!! I learned a lot and feel so comfortable with Spanish wine! Can’t wait to go back to Spain and practice what I have learned!!"
    • Gretchen Thomas
      on Jun 28, 2020
      "Wonderfully comprehensive and thorough class on Spain. There’s a ton of knowledge packed into 300 pages, having the online modules really solidified the key points in the text book. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to sharpen their knowledge in Spanish wines!"
    • Richard Milot
      on Jun 22, 2020
      "A clear, complete and very well structured program that delivers the need to know and then some. The historical perspective helps to bring wine laws into the right context. The manual is very well designed and Rick Fisher does a first rate job delivering the material. Highly recommended. Richard Milot, FWS Certified Sommelier Ottawa, Canada "
    • 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."

     

    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

    COURSE CONTENT & STRUCTURE

    The Spanish Wine Scholar™ course is composed of 10 chapters:

              • Chapter One - Fundamentals
              • Chapter Two - Green Spain
              • Chapter Three - The Duero River Valley
              • Chapter Four - La Rioja
              • Chapter Five - The Ebro River Valley
              • Chapter Six - Cataluña
              • Chapter Seven - The Central Mediterranean Coast
              • Chapter Eight - The Meseta
              • Chapter Nine - Andalucía
              • Chapter Ten - The Islands

    Detailed Curriculum available here

    CERTIFICATION EXAM & POST-NOMINAL

    SET YOURSELF APART FROM YOUR PEERS. SPECIALIZE IN THE WINES OF SPAIN!

    Individuals who follow this in-depth Spanish wine course and pass the exam, earn the Spanish Wine Scholar™ title and SWS post-nominal which may be incorporated into a professional signature (e.g. John Smith, SWS).

    The exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions. Candidates need a score of 75% to receive the credential.

    Students with a composite score of 85-90.5 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.

    More information about the exam

     

    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.

    WSG thanks the following organizations for their support:

     
     
    

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