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  • Course Overview

    The Spanish Wine Scholar™ program is the most advanced and comprehensive certification course on the wines of Spain. It 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 in the glass. No topic is discussed in isolation in order to give students a working knowledge of the material at hand.

    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.

  • Course Outline

    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

  • Duration

    6 Sessions (3 hours)

  • Course Assessment

    • The exam is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of Spain. Passing score is 75.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification, although it is highly recommended that you have at least attained 1 of the following credentials or it’s equivalent:

    WSET Level 3 Award in Wine

    Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

    Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommelier)

    You must be of legal drinking age to participate in any alcohol tasting.
    However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification.

  • Certification

    Candidates who follow this in-depth curriculum on the wines of Spain and pass the exam, earn the Spanish Wine Scholar™ (SWS) post-nominal.

    Candidates scoring 85-90 pass with HONORS. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with HIGHEST HONORS.

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