Spanish Wine Scholar SWS by WSG®
Este curso solo se ofrece en inglés
The Spanish Wine Scholar program is a study and certification program providing current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of Spain.
Developed and administrated by Formaciones Singulares and the Wine Scholar Guild (WSG®), this program is aimed at advanced students of wine professionals or serious wine enthusiasts.
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. Jose Garcia SWS).
The development of this course of study involved many Spanish wine consejos reguladores which shared resources, information and assistance.
The Wine Scholar Guild incorporated this body of information into a study program covering viticultural and winemaking practices, grape varieties, topography, climate, soils, history and wine laws for all Spanish wine regions.
This core body of knowledge is important whether an individual sells wine, buys wine or teaches about wine.
There is no other study and certification program in the world that covers Spain with such breadth and depth. The material is comprehensive and updated every year.
Spain has more land under vine than any other country and ranks third in production (behind Italy and France).
Indigenous Spanish grapes such as Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell, Mencía, Bobal, Verdejo and Albariño have become increasingly popular on the world wine stage.
Spain has been making wine for 3,000 years; as a classic wine región that is commercially significant today, it merits study.
The SWS program allows wine professionals to set themselves apart from their peers by specializing in the wines of Spain.
This program is a great resource and supplement for students of wine moving toward advanced general wine study programs such as WSET Diploma, Master of Wine, Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier (and up) or Certified Wine Educator. The SWS program does not compete with or replace other general wine study programs. It complements them.
While not a prerequisite, we recommend that students successfully complete at least the lower level course from one of these organizations before entering the SWS program.
The exam is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions and passing score is 75.
You have one hour to complete the test.
The exam is comprehensive. It will cover all the wine regions of Spain. This means you must study everything, but the food and wine pairing texts are for your personal edification. There are no exam questions on this material.