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Spanish Wine Scholar | Napa, California

Napa, California


Be among the first to earn the SWS post-nominal & Spanish Wine Scholar title!

The Spanish Wine Scholar™ education program is a Spanish wine course designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization study program on Spanish wine bar none!

It was created by Spanish wine specialist Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director, and Napa Valley Wine Academy graduate!

Set yourself apart from your peers. Specialize in the wines of Spain!

See the full details below:

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Location: Napa Valley Wine Academy 2501 Oak Street, Napa CA 94559


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

Individuals who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam earn the Spanish Wine Scholar title and the SWS post-nominal which may be incorporated into a professional signature (e.g. John Smith, SWS).

Recognizing the exceptional depth and breadth of the program, Wines from Spain (ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones) officially endorsed the program in advance of its public launch


The program includes all the necessary tools & support to Master the wines of Spain:

This session will include 2 days of classroom instruction with tutored tastings

  •  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 40+ different wines over the course of the program.

Who is this program for?

This advanced study program is designed for all committed students of wine, including:

– 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 Hispanophiles whose main interest is everything Spanish.

Why Study Spanish Wine?

Despite its long 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 wine­producing 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 wine styles 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 wine stage.

More about the Spanish Wine Scholar Program:

Program Providers: The program is exclusively taught by authorized program providers and approved instructors who have passed the exam with honors or highest honors.

Certification Exam: The Spanish Wine Scholar title and SWS post-nominal will be conferred to those individuals who achieve a score of 75 or higher on a 100-question multiple-choice test. Candidates scoring 85-90 pass with “Honors”. Candidates scoring 91-100 pass with “Highest Honors”.

Online Study Program: To complement the manual and classroom experience, enrolled students will have a 1-year access to the SWS online study program. The online platform is composed of multimedia E-learning modules with videos, quizzes and learning for self-evaluation, instructor Q&A forum for personal assistance, downloadable maps, pronunciation exercises, and online flashcards. Online study materials are available 24/7.

Detailed Curriculum: 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 the glass. No topic is discussed in isolation in order to give students a working knowledge of the material at hand.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs


Knowledge Level

Intermediate, Advanced


Wine Scholar Guild

Region of Study


Course Format


Course Type

Enthusiast, Professional


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