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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 February 9, 2021

    Price: $790

    LEARN MORE

     

     

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


    Student Testimonials:

    • 0
      on Dec 15, 2020
      "The combination of text and well laid out and reinforcing on-line learning resource is excellent. "
    • Sarah Timbrook-Nugent
      on Dec 4, 2020
      "Spanish wine is such an important category at retail but not well understood; the course content includes the very latest developments in DO regulations and grounds them in an understanding of history. Well done!"
    • alexandrema
      on Oct 15, 2020
      "WSG offers me a giant window through which I am able to see the colorful wine world. "
    • Richard F. LaMountain
      on Sep 26, 2020
      "I thoroughly enjoyed the Spanish Wine Scholar course, which provided detailed information about the wines and wine regions of Spain. The instructional materials were concise, comprehensive, and fun to read. Mimi Martin and her fellow instructors at Portland's Wine and Spirit Archive knew the subject matter inside and out and purveyed it in a clear, enthusiastic, and professional manner. "
    • 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."
    • 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."
    • 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. "


    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:

    • 0
      on Dec 15, 2020
      "The combination of text and well laid out and reinforcing on-line learning resource is excellent. "
    • Sarah Timbrook-Nugent
      on Dec 4, 2020
      "Spanish wine is such an important category at retail but not well understood; the course content includes the very latest developments in DO regulations and grounds them in an understanding of history. Well done!"
    • alexandrema
      on Oct 15, 2020
      "WSG offers me a giant window through which I am able to see the colorful wine world. "
    • Richard F. LaMountain
      on Sep 26, 2020
      "I thoroughly enjoyed the Spanish Wine Scholar course, which provided detailed information about the wines and wine regions of Spain. The instructional materials were concise, comprehensive, and fun to read. Mimi Martin and her fellow instructors at Portland's Wine and Spirit Archive knew the subject matter inside and out and purveyed it in a clear, enthusiastic, and professional manner. "
    • 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."
    • 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."
    • 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. "

     

    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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