Spanish Wine Scholar®

The most advanced and comprehensive certification on the wines of Spain.

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1,152 global graduates

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Recognized internationally

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Online or classroom study

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Trusted by 4000+ graduates

Program Overview

Embark on a journey deep into the heart of Spain with the Spanish Wine Scholar® Program, the quintessential offering from Wine Scholar Guild — the international authority on authentic wines of place.

The Spanish Wine Scholar® program sets the industry standard as the most in-depth and comprehensive certification program devoted entirely to the rich and diverse wines of Spain.

Designed specially for dedicated wine enthusiasts and industry professionals, the SWS provides the keys to understanding the nuanced appellations, viticultural marvels, art of winemaking, historic landmarks and rich traditions that make Spanish wine a global benchmark.​

Whether you're opting for the flexibility of online study or the immersive atmosphere of in-person classroom instruction, the SWS curriculum is as comprehensive as it gets. ​

Completion of the program doesn’t just reward you with a certificate; it confers upon you the sought-after SWS post-nominal initials, symbolizing advanced-level proficiency and industry-wide respect.​

With the Spanish Wine Scholar® program, you're not just learning; you're enriching your understanding and appreciation of Spanish wine.​


What's Included

From a comprehensive study manual to interactive online modules, 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 study manual provides all the information you need to know. Immediate access to the digital e-book is also provided upon registration.


Online Study Modules

The SWS online study modules offer interactive activities in a measurable and meaningful format designed for maximum content retention and ease of use.


Expert Instructors

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


Student Community

Network with the other students taking the Spanish Wine Scholar, form a tasting group and build your wine network.


Final Exam

Your course includes a 100-question multiple-choice exam based on the study manual, covering all of the wine regions of Spain.



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

Why People Choose Spanish Wine Scholar

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, at your own pace, from anywhere at anytime.

Learn in-person at one of our 120+ Approved Program Providers around the world

Instructor support

Study with WSG’s own acclaimed educators. Join optional, supplementary monthly live Q&A sessions and interact with your instructors via the online forum.

Receive in-classroom support from WSG-certified instructors.

Length of study

Self-paced with up to 12 months to take your exam.

Exact study schedule and length vary by provider.

Wine tasting

With list of recommended wines to sample on your own.

With tutored wine tastings in the classroom.

Study manual (print & e-book)

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Online learning modules, pronunciation exercises, quizzes and flashcards

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13 on-demand review lectures

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Online student community

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Final exam

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Certificate, lapel pin and use of post-nominal upon passing

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Start date

July 18

Varies by provider

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Passionate wine enthusiasts and aficionados, students of wine, avid travelers and life-long learners craving deeper knowledge and expertise of Spanish wine styles and regions.​
  • Aspiring sommeliers seeking a leg up and competitive advantage in the industry.
  • Professionals in the hospitality sector aiming to elevate their expertise.

Have a different question? Feel free to contact us.

Get a Free Chapter

Enter your details to receive a free chapter on the Rioja region and learn more about the Spanish Wine Scholar® program.

Understand the transformation of winemaking in Rioja, from the ancient Phoenician practices to modern innovations, and how historical events shaped the region's wine industry.

Explore how Rioja's unique geography, including its location in the Ebro River Valley and the influence of surrounding mountain ranges, contributes to its distinctive terroir and wine styles.

Learn about the variety of grapes cultivated in Rioja, including Tempranillo and Garnacha, and the range of wine styles produced, from robust reds to aromatic whites and rosés.

Access Your Free Chapter Now!

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