Spanish Wine Scholar WSG

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The Spanish Wine Scholar programme is a study and certification programme providing current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of Spain.

 

Developed and administrated by the Wine Scholar Guild, this programme is aimed at advanced students of wine whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. 

The development of the curriculum 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. There is no other study and certification programme in the world that covers Spain with such breadth and depth. The material is comprehensive and updated every year.

Prerequisite: None. However, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is recommended, and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is preferred. Expect to spend 50 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course outside of classroom hours.

This 16-hour course provides detailed coverage of Spanish wine regions, as well as an introduction to Spanish history, geography, viticulture and winemaking.

In the course you will:

  • Develop specialist knowledge of the DO / DOCa regions in seven sessions involving: Green Spain; The Duero River Valley; La Rioja; The Ebro River Valley / Central Mediterranean Coast; Cataluña;  La Meseta /Islands and Andalucia
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Spanish wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Taste a curated range of Spanish wines specially prepared for this course by IWEG WSG authorized instructors

Upon successful completion of a 100-question multiple-choice exam (passing grade is 75%) you will receive the Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) credential, certificate and lapel pin.

Course includes:

  • SWS Study Manual, which includes a foundation unit covering Spanish wine law, grape varieties, viticulture and winemaking plus individual chapters on all of the wine regions of Spain.
  • A full-year access to all SWS online resources (videos, review quizzes for self-evaluation, flash-cards, downloadable maps, instructor Q&A forum for personal assistance, webinars, and student forum for community interaction etc.)
  • Exam registration fee
  • Tutored tasting of a number of benchmark styles of Spanish wines, depicting grape varietal  and/or regional typicity 
  • Diverse hands-on group activities designed to enhance recall and address different learning styles
  • Instructed by a specialist team of IWEG Spanish Wine educators, including Lead Educator Nancy Reynolds, DipWSET, Kim Berdusco, DipWSET and Caitlin Ferguson, DipWSET

Available course formats:

Fall Semester 2020

Due to the pandemic / COVID-19 situation, in order to safeguard everyone's health and safety, this course will be delivered remotely via Zoom videoconferencing platform, with a curated in-person Spanish Wines tasting workshop at IWEG.


  • Zoom sessions: every Thursday evenings, October 1, 2020 to November 19, 2020. Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
  • Curated Spanish Wines tasting workshop: Thursday, November 19th, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm @ IWEG.
  • Final Exam: November 26, 2020, 6:30pm. to 7:30pm @IWEG.


Course Fee: $1,150

Please note that IWEG is HST exempt by the CRA. Income tax receipts are issued to all students for the applicable tax year.

For the tasting workshop, a set of 6 ISO tasting glasses is available for additional purchase for $30. Please bring your own disposable spittoon.

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).

Registration and Payment: Please create an account and login to register on our website. Click the PayPal button to charge tuition directly to your credit card (no PayPal account needed). If you require assistance or alternative payment methods, please call 416-534-2570.


Available Classes:


Spanish Wine Scholar Starts Oct. 01, 2020

Cost: $1,100
IWEG Drinks Academy

  Spanish Wine Scholar study and certification programme delivered remotely via Zoom videoconferencing platform, with a curated in-person Spanish Wines tasting workshop at IWEG. Zoom sessions: every Thursday evenings, October 1, 2020 to November 19, 2020. Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Curated Spanish Wines tasting workshop: Thursday, November 19th, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm @ IWEG. Final Exam: November 26, 2020, 6:30pm. to 7:30pm @IWEG. Additional Information: This SWS course is divided into the following 7 classes: Foundation/Green Spain; The Duero River Valley; La Rioja; The Ebro River Valley / The Central Mediterranean Coast;  Cataluña; Meseta / Islands; Andalucia. WSG approved instructors: Caitlin Ferguson and Kim Berdusco. Please bring 6 ISO tasting glasses and a disposable spitoon for the tasting workshop on November 19th, 2020. Glasses are available for purchase from the IWEG office, $30/set-6. Registration and Payment: Please create an account and login to register on our website. Click the PayPal button to charge tuition directly to your credit card (no PayPal account needed). If you require assistance or alternative payment methods, please call 416-534-2570.

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