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FWS LogoExplore the world of Spanish wines through The Spanish Wine Scholar™ Study & Certification Program

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Developed by the Wine Scholar Guildwith the support of many Spanish wine Consejos Reguladores, this comprehensive study & certification program is composed of two units, and covers; viticulture and wine making practices, grape varietals, climate, topography, soils, history and wine law for the wine
regions of Italy.

Prior to the first class, each student receives a copy of the SWS Study Manual, which includes a foundation unit covering Spanish wine law, grape varieties, viticulture and winemaking plus individual chapters on all of the wine regions of Spain.  The SWS manual provides the body of information from which the 100 multiple choice questions that make up the final exam are derived.

In the course you will:

  • Develop specialist knowledge of the DO / DOCa regions involving: Green Spain; The Duero River Valley; La Rioja; The Ebro River Valley; Catalunia; The Central Mediterranean Coast; La Meseta; Andalucia and The Islands.
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Spanish wine.
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles.
  • Taste a range of Spanish wines.
In addition to the manual, each student is given access to the complete SWS E-learning module consisting of; recorded webinars, downloadable maps, review quizzes for self-evaluation, and an instructor Q&A forum for personal assistance.
The Vendange Institute 10-week in-class education program delivers a comprehensive understanding of Spain as a wine growing region.   Weekly tutored wine tastings enrich the curriculum, and bring context to the factors that influence the style and quality of wines from each region of northern Italy.   Note: There is no tasting component to the final exam.
The SWS credential will be conferred to those individuals who achieve a composite score for both units of 75% or higher.  The scores from both exams are added together and averaged for final assessment. Candidates scoring 85-90% pass with ‘Honors’. Candidates scoring 91-100% pass with ‘Highest Honors’.
Week 1
Green Spain


Week 2
The Duero River Valley
Week 3
River Valley
Week 4
La Rioja
Week 5
The Ebro River Valley
Week 6
Week 7
The Central Mediterranean Coast
Week 8
La Meseta
Week 9
Andalucia and the Islands
Week 10
Exam (review 6-6:30pm; exam 6:30-7:30pm)

The Spanish Wine Scholar™ education program mirrors the unparalleled level of depth, accuracy, detail and academic rigor offered by the acclaimed French Wine Scholar Program.


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