News • October 18, 2018

The Wine Scholar Guild Launches Spanish Wine Scholar Program to Certification Portfolio

Here at Wines From Spain, we are excited to share the news around the new Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) program created by the Wine Scholar Guild. The Wine Scholar Guild will first make the SWS program available to selected educators, with the full roll-out by January 2019 both online and in classrooms around the world via Wine Scholar Guild’s extensive program network.

Similar to the existing France and Italy Wine Scholar programs, Wine Scholar Guild will be providing online modules, pronunciation exercises, interactive quizzes and related teaching materials.

The Spanish Wine Scholar™ study program mirrors the unparalleled level of depth, accuracy, detail and academic rigor offered by the acclaimed French Wine Scholar™ program. Like the French Wine Scholar program, the SWS study and certification program also confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exams (Ex: John Smith, SWS).

Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director, is spearheading the educational content and structure for the SWS program. “Much work has gone into creating an interesting and informative program and we are happy to share it with educators,” says Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director. “There is tremendous demand for a program focusing solely on the wines of Spain and we are happy to fill this need.”

Potential instructors must first be accepted as a program provider before beginning study. Once accepted, educators will have exclusive preview access to the Spanish Wine Scholar program with the goal of achieving instructor certification by May 2019. The wine educator application period is now open; registration closes

Visit the Spanish Wine Scholar Program for program details and the roll-out schedule.