Spanish Wine Essentials

Uncover the secrets of Spanish winemaking and culture


Online session starts October 9

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25 hours of study

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Online or classroom study

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From $475

Program Overview

Spanish Wine Essentials presents the often-complex world of Spanish wine in an accessible and engaging way.

Explore the culture, cuisine, history, viticulture and winemaking principles behind the key wine regions of Spain to fast-track your understanding into the intricate world of Spanish wine.

Spain is home to over 140 appellations. SWE introduces you to 23 of the most influential. Each wine is presented within a regional and cultural context while landmarks and traditional cuisine are highlighted to complete the curriculum. 

The comprehensive course structure includes a 95-page study manual, access to interactive e-learning and support from expert educators to guide you through a sensory adventure across Spain. The program is available in a flexible online format or via in-person classes at one of our global Approved Program Providers.​

More than just an introductory course, Spanish Wine Essentials (SWE) is a prelude to a lifelong romance with Spanish wines, a launchpad to the internationally revered Spanish Wine Scholar® Certification Program, vibrant WSG Member Community and the first step towards wine mastery!

Spanis Wine Essentials Study Manual

Download the program brochure

Read full details about the topics covered in the Spanish Wine Essentials Program.

What's Included

From a comprehensive study manual to interactive online learning resources, expert instruction and an engaging student community, every element is meticulously curated to foster a profound understanding and appreciation of Spanish wine culture.


Study Manual

Shipped to your address, the beautifully designed 95-page coursebook, rich with photographs, infographics & maps, contains all the information you need to know. Immediate access to the digital e-book is also provided upon registration.


Online Study Modules

Access high-quality interactive e-learning activities designed to enrich the study manual and support different learning styles.


Expert Instructors

Learn from the most notable names in the industry—seasoned wine professionals and educators accredited by Wine Scholar Guild.


Student Community

NNetwork with the other students taking the Spanish Wine Essentials, start a tasting group and build your wine network.


Final Exam

The course includes a 50-question multiple-choice exam covering all of the essential topics of the the course.



Upon passing, receive your coveted Spanish Wine Essentials certificate. Add this reputed credential to your LinkedIn profile and résumé or CV.

Online Course Schedule

Your study will be guided during 6 live classes taught by expert instructors. The schedule below applies to the online study option. The classroom study schedule may vary depending on the provider.

Class Session
Time (ET)
Class Highlights


Wednesday October 9

12:00pm noon-1:00pm

  • Welcome and meet your instructor

  • Course structure and schedule overview 

  • Resources and where to find them 

  • Study tips for success  

  • About the exam


Wednesday October 16

12:00pm noon-1:00pm

Introduction to Spain
  • A brief history of Spain

  • Climate, soils and topography

  • Understanding Spanish wine law 

  • Reading Spanish wine labels

  • Primary grape varieties

  • Wine styles and cuisine


Wednesday October 23

12:00pm noon-1:00pm

Northwestern Spain

  • Visit Galicia, part of "Green Spain", where cool weather grapes like Albariño, Godello, and Mencía pair impeccably with the local cuisine

  • Take a tour along the Duero River and visit the land of Tempranillo in DO Ribera del Duero and DO Toro and Verdejo from DO Rueda; and be tempted by some of the world's finest cured ham


Wednesday November 6

12:00pm noon-1:00pm

Northeast Spain

  • Discover Rioja, one of Spain's largest and most important appellations

  • Learn with Rioja has some of the world's most sought-after wines

  • Visit Cataluña, the land of Gaudi, where the wines from DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant showcase the marriage of Garnacha Tinta and Cariñena

  • Dive into the specifics of Spain's bubbly Cava and learn how it differs from other sparkling wines


Wednesday November 13

12:00pm noon-1:00pm

Southern Spain & The Canary Islands

  • Learn about the world's largest designation of origin, DO La Mancha, as well as DO Vinos de Madrid, situated just on the outskirts of the capital city

  • Explore the lesser-known, yet incredibly important, grapes of Monastrell and Bobal from DO Jumilla and DO Utiel-Requena

  • Immerse yourself in the world of the luscious sweet wines of DO Malaga

  • Jet to the Canary Islands to learn how grapes grow in a place where they technically shouldn't


Wednesday November 20

12:00pm noon-1:00pm

  • Visit Sherry country and unravel the mystery of one of the world's great fortified wines

  • Learn how sherry can be both an aperitif and digestif - and everything in between!


On request

On request

Schedule the exam when you’re ready. You have 12 months from the date of your enrollment to take the online exam.

Study Options

Choose from online or classroom formats based on your schedule and preferred learning style. Rest assured that the final exam and certification remain consistent across both formats.

Online Learning

Classroom Learning


Study online from anywhere at anytime.

Learn in-person at one of our 130+ Approved Program Providers around the world.

Instructor Support

Study with WSG’s own highly acclaimed educators and interact with fellow students and your instructor on the community forum.

Receive in-classroom support from WSG-certified instructors.

Length of Study

6 live classes with 12-month access to your online classroom and to take your exam.

Study schedule and length of term vary by provider.

Wine Tasting

Maximize learning with a list of recommended wines to sample on your own.

Enjoy tutored wine tastings in the classroom.

Study manual (print & e-book)

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Online e-learning modules

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Live Course Instruction

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Online Student Community

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Final Exam


In the Classroom

Certificate upon successful upon completion of exam

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Varies by Provider

Frequently Asked Questions

• Inquisitive wine enthusiasts wanting to become more familiar with the intricacies of Spanish wine
• Aspiring wine professionals
• Hospitality professionals new to the world of Spanish wine
• Anyone wishing to become more knowledgeable about Spain and its wine and food culture

Have a different question? Feel free to contact us.


Elevate your expertise

Online session starts October 9
Enrollement closes June 11