Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS)

Wine Scholar Guild

Advanced Spanish Wine StudiesSpanish Wine Scholar (SWS)

What does the program cover?

The Spanish Wine Scholar program presents each Spanish wine region as an integrated whole by explaining the impact of history, the significance of geological events, the importance of topographical markers and the influence of climatic factors on the wine . No topic is discussed in isolation, ensuring that students finish the course with context.


  • Fundamentals/Green Spain
  • Duero River Valley
  • La Rioja
  • Ebro River Valley/Central Mediterranean Coast
  • Cataluña
  • Meseta
  • Andalucía
  • Islands

This course will include 15-16 hours of classroom instruction with tutored tasting taught by approved instructor and the following:

  • The 315-page full-color Spanish Wine Scholar study manual
  • 1-year access to the Spanish Wine Scholar online study program for class preparation and review
  • Registration for the Spanish Wine Scholar exam

In order to bring each region to life, you will also taste a total of over 50 different wines over the course of the program.

Who Should Attend?

  • Wine professionals wishing to specialize in the wines of Spain
  • Aspiring wine professionals looking to enter the wine industry with serious knowledge on the wines of Spain
  • Serious wine hobbyists as well as those interested in Spanish culture and lifestyle


No pre-requisites, but strongly recommend that students have completed WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) or Court of Master Sommelier’s Introductory Sommelier Certificate (Level 1).

Why Spanish Wine Scholar?

Created by Spanish wine specialist Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar™ Education Director, and endorsed by Wines from Spain (ICEX – Spain’s Trade & Investment Government Agency) in recognition of its exceptional level of depth, accuracy, detail, and academic rigor. The Spanish Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced and comprehensive certification course on the wines of Spain.

Why Studying Spain?

Despite its lengthy history of grape growing and wine production, Spain is still relatively unfamiliar to most students of wine. While most of Europe was healing after WWII, mending bridges and rebuilding, Spain was experiencing decades of isolation under the regime of General Francisco Franco. Today, Spain is an exciting and dynamic wine producing country.

Many of the world’s finest red grapes are indigenous to Spain, including Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), and Monastrell (Mourvèdre). Additionally, Spain is home to one of the oldest wines in the world: Sherry.

By studying Spanish wine, the student gains a deeper appreciation for how tradition and modernity perfectly coexist and why Spain is one of the most exciting and enviable countries on the world’s wine stage.

Join SWS in MWM Wine School

  • Extensive tasting of 50 wines
  • Guided by renowned wine expert Justin Chen
  • Beautifully designed Spanish Wine Scholar Manuals rich with photographs & maps, one for each unit.
  • 1-year access to the Spanish Wine Scholar online study program for class preparation and review
16Total Learning Hours
8Sessions Maximum

The exam for each unit is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions. Candidates need a composite score of 75% to receive the credential, i.e. the scores from both exams are added together and averaged for final assessment.
Students with a composite score of 85-90 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.

Wine Scholar Guild

Wine Scholar Guild is the leading provider of specialised certification programs on the wines of France, Italy and Spain with a school network of over 100 partner schools spanning 30 countries and 5 continents.
We are a pioneer in online wine education; our distance-learning platform includes hundreds of educational webinars, interactive e-learning modules, online flashcards, pronunciation exercises, and learning games.
Our community of wine professionals and committed students of wine learn from the most respected names in the industry and participate in some of the most privileged, exciting, and intellectually stimulating wine study immersion trips on the market.
Our entire organisation is fully committed to our students and to their success. We help achievers achieve.

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