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Set Yourself Apart and Specialize in the Wines of Spain!

The Spanish Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced and comprehensive certification course on the wines of Spain. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all Spanish wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities

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.

The Spanish Wine Scholar study and certification program confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exam (Ex: John Smith, SWS). With a school network encompassing 30 countries on 5 continents, the SWS credential has true international recognition.

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

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Study with MWWine School:


Our next Spanish Wine Scholar session is scheduled to start on May 15th and will run June 17th/18th/19th and June 24th.

Because this is a three-day intensive, the course begins with a zoom one month prior to in-person classes to provide time for students to fully study and be ready for the exam on the 24th. The course provides text book, slide shows, quizzes and multiple tools to enhance study.

Deadline to register: May 10, 2024


Dates and Times:

May 15th, 6pm-9pm - (by Zoom - recording will be available) Orientation and Fundamentals 

Three Day Intensive (in-person): 9:30am - 5pm

Monday, June 17th

Tuesday, June 18th

Wednesday June 19th


Exam Date: 10am (in-person)

Monday, June 24th

Location: Broken Earth Winery, Paso Robles

Instructed By: Melanie Webber, DipWSET, FWS, SWS 

Tuition: $1,199

Please note that a minimum number of students will be required to hold the course.

​Information and registration: Click here to register. For more information or questions email us here.


​This session will include 25.5 hours of classroom instruction with tutored tasting taught by approved instructor Melanie Webber, DipWSET, SWS, FWS:

  • The 315-page full-color Spanish Wine Scholar study manual

  • One-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 30 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 those interested in Spanish culture and lifestyle

Why Study Spanish Wine?:


Despite its lengthy 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 wine producing 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 wines 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’s 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 access for 1 year from date of enrollment 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, ensuring that students finish the course with context.

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If you want to learn everything there is to know about Spanish wine - whether you are a professional or just a lover of good wine - this course will take you there. It is valuable for anyone who wants an in-depth but approachable lesson on the grapes, regions, and products of Spain...which to me is the greatest wine country in the world.


Chef and Owner, ThinkFoodGroup

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