Wines from Spain endorses Spanish Wine Scholar programme

Launching in October 2019, the Spanish Wine Scholar programme has been endorsed by Wines from Spain, the public face of ICEX Spain Trade & Investment government agency.

Joining its sister programs, French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar, the Spanish Wine Scholar will provide an advanced and comprehensive specialisation study and certification programme.

Home to sherry, which is one of the oldest wines in the world, Spain is also renowned for Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), and Monastrell (Mourvèdre). 

The Spanish Wine Scholar aims to give students an appreciation of how tradition and modernity can coexist while celebrating the wine that Spain produces.

Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director, Rick Fisher, said: “The wines of Spain have resided in the shadows of those from France and Italy for decades. Today, Spain is producing some of the world’s finest and most interesting wines, both in terms of quality and value. 

“The launch of the Spanish Wine Scholar program is the culmination of a nearly two-year effort, and I am proud to put Spain in the center-stage spotlight it so richly deserves.”

During the the pre-launch phase over 120 instructors from around the world had access to the colour study manual and the Guild’s signature in-depth online materials alongside a series of live review webinars led by the program’s Education Director, Rick Fisher.

DipWSET, CWE, CS, SWS Instructor at IWEG in Toronto, Kim Berdusco, said: “I would recommend the Spanish Wine Scholar program to anyone looking to learn more about the wines of Spain. 

“It is a comprehensive, in-depth study program which is organized in a structured format and delivered in an enjoyable manner.”

West London Wine School instructor, Jimmy Smith, is one of the first to sit and pass the Spanish Wine Scholar exam.

Awarded the IWS Instructor of the Year 2018, Smith said: “The SWS course is an absolute must for anyone who wishes to master vinous Spain and sits proudly in its vigour and depth alongside the FWS and IWS.”

Utilising feedback from the instructors, the study manual and online material are being enhanced by Rick Fisher and Jonas Tofterup MW, of the Iberian Wine Academy in Málaga.

Classroom dates will be announced on the Wine Scholar Guild’s website which can be found here.

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