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 designed to maximize learning and boost knowledge retention.

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

Wines from Spain (ICEX - Spain's Trade & Investment Government Agency) has endorsed the program in recognition of its exceptional depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor.

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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 five continents, the SWS credential has true international recognition.

ONLINE LEARNING CLASSROOM LEARNING

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 formats include:

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

CHOOSE FROM TWO ONLINE STUDY FORMATS:

INDEPENDANT STUDY FORMAT

On-demand, start anytime

Price: $750

REGISTER 

10-WEEK INSTRUCTOR-LED FORMAT

Next session starts on January 17, 2023

Price: $950

REGISTER

Compare the two formats

 

STUDY OPTION 2 | CLASSROOM LEARNING:

WSG offers the Spanish Wine Scholar™ program through their Approved Program Providers, now including 80 wine schools in 30 countries and five 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. For many, the classroom experience helps to reinforce the theory; a tutored tasting component brings each region to life. In addition, many students find the set "schedule" helpful in keeping up with their studies.

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STUDY MANUAL ONLINE STUDY MODULES INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT 
 

STUDY MATERIALS

EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO SUCCEED

Modeled after the French Wine Scholar™ program, Spanish Wine Scholar™ students will receive the same complete study materials.

#1 THE SWS STUDY MANUAL:

The Spanish Wine Scholar™ manual is the most comprehensive and current coverage of 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 wine region 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 that 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 content retention and ease of use.

Each region of Spain is covered and dovetails nicely with the Spanish Wine Scholar™ study manual. Study materials are available online 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
  • Automatic bookmarks 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 and 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

The detailed Curriculum is 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 who score 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.

More information about the exam

Student Testimonials:

  • 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."
  • 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. "
  • 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. "
  • 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. "
  • Chun Lim Tse
    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!"
  • 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. "
  • 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. "
  • 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. "
  • 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. "

 

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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