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    Spanish Wine Scholar online - Independent Study Format


    The package includes:

    The SWS study manual, access to the SWS online course for one year and registration for the SWS online exam-sit. Does not include the one-year membership subscription.

    Detail of the package:

    Spanish Wine Scholar study manual

    • A 315-page full-color study manual on the wines of Spain
    • The most current and comprehensive resource on the wines of Spain
    • Manual doubles as a reference book for wine professionals

    One-year access to the SWS online course (e-learning modules)

    The Wine Scholar Guild offers an interactive professional development program that is put into a measurable, meaningful format designed for maximum retention of content and ease of use.

    • Students study all Spanish wine regions online... at their own pace!
    • Study materials are available 24/7 and registration is for one full year
    • 16 interactive e-learning modules with loads of illustrations, videos and review quizzes for self-evaluation
    • Instructor Q&A forum for assistance as well as Student Community forums
    • Downloadable maps

    Registration for the SWS online exam-sit

    • The exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 60 minutes.
    • The Spanish Wine Scholar credential will be conferred to those individuals who sit the exam and achieve a score of 75 or higher.
    • Online exam candidates must have a computer (tablet not compatible), a good internet connection, a webcam and a microphone with speakers for proctoring purposes.
    • Candidate has one year from registration date to take the exam. When ready, the candidate may contact 1 month in advance, WSG office manager Celine Camus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule the exam.
      Important notice: Candidates cancelling less than 10 business days prior to their scheduled exam date or not showing up the day of will incur a $99 re-scheduling fee.

    Recognizing the exceptional depth and accuracy of the program, Wines from Spain (ICEX - Spain's Trade & Investment Government Agency) has endorsed the program.

    List of the comments:
    WSG offers me a giant window through which I am able to see the colorful wine world.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Providing in-depth knowledge for Spanish Wines
    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!
    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!
    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.
    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 :-)
    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!
    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.
    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.
    Thoroughly edited manual & structure which facilitates people interested in Spanish wines but falling to find a door in.
    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.
    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.
    There is no other program like the Wine Scholar Guild that dives as deeply into the countries of France, Italy, and Spain. These programs are not easy, but the knowledge gained is immediately usable and the passion you will develop for each country and their wines is permanent. The Spanish Wine Scholar program is unique and there really is nothing out there that is as thorough. You will learn about every part of Spain, their wines, and their relevant history. I went into the course knowing very little about Spain or Spanish wines, and by the time I tested I felt like I was an expert. This includes Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, which is practically a course on it's own. I can't wait to go to Spain.
    I will paraphrase what I wrote to Rick Fisher; I have enjoyed the Spanish Wine Scholar course tremendously. The way the book weaves history, geography, culture and wine is brilliant, and our classroom instructor was excellent.
    SWS is an in-depth study that is very well put together and user-friendly. It covers Spain’s vinous history, it’s geography, native varietals and winemaking practices. Challenging, yet very rewarding!
    A great program to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Spain and Spanish wines! Engaging materials and online tools made it so enjoyable to study.
    The SWS program gives you an in depth understanding of Spanish wine. From historical influences, to geographical influences, to viticulture techniques you gain in depth knowledge of what influences Spanish wine production. There's so much more to Spanish wine than Rioja and Priorat! I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and breadth of what I learned about Spanish wine. I was already a fan of Albarino and now I'm a fan of Bobal and Txakoli!
    The great joy of studying the Spanish Wine Scholar programme is that not only do you learn about whats in the bottle, but also the region's history and geography too. I now have two years worth of travelling to all new Must Visit Spanish towns!
    The Spanish Wine Scholar not only demonstrates the unbelievable wine diversity within the autonomous regions, but also the dramatic improvements to the wine industry over the last 40 years.
    Like its other country-specific wine scholar courses, the WSG's Spanish Wine Scholar program provides all the information one could possibly hope to learn relevant to the Spanish wine industry. Thoroughly researched, well-laid out, concisely and precisely written, the textbook is easy to understand, and has one of the funniest stories I've ever read in a scholarly book.
    I would highly recommend the Spanish Wine Scholar program to anyone with an interest in Spanish Wine. You will not only learn about the wine but also a great deal about the history, climate, geography and culture of Spain and its islands.
    The Wine Scholar Guild NEW Spanish Wine Scholar is excellent and recommended to anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of Spain and the historical forces that have shaped the country and the wines of Spain. All course materials, maps and online exams have made the program very comprehensive and easy to use. I took the online self-study option and am very happy with the high quality maps, videos and mini-test materials that allowed me to learn at my convenience.
    I'm delighted to have the opportunity to study Spain through this awesome programme. There were fun and intense days. I couldn't imagine how vast was the content. It is totally worth it!
    If you are a Spanish wine lover, this is the course for you. There is a lot to absorb, but it is presented in a systematic way. You will gain a much better understanding of the climate, soils, grapes, and winemaking processes in the very diverse regions of Spain.
    Spanish Wine Scholar was a really fun and interesting course. I loved that the material explained how the climate, geography, history, and economics of Spain influenced the development of what varieties got produced and how.
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