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Wine Tasting Class Overview

  • How to taste wine, form an opinion and develop your palate
  • How to navigate wine labels, wine lists, pour and serve wine
  • How wine is made in the vineyard and in the cellar
  • Principal wine styles and wine varietals
  • Wines of the world

Wine Tasting Course Content

module 1

Diploma in Wine Appreciation




  1. What is wine?

    Kick off the course in wine appreciation by learning the basics about wine and where it comes from. We'll talk about where it all started, journey into King Tutunkamuns tomb and learn about the invention of the toast. Wine is made from grapes and is as a result of alcoholic fermentation. Remember wine should be enjoyed responsibly!

  2. Bottle Basics

    In lesson 2, we will teach the basics of how to navigate a wine label. We'll introduce the cork or cap debate and talk about sustainability in the industry and alternative packaging options.

  3. Pouring Wine

    Have you ever wondered if the wine glass makes a difference to what you percieve? In this lesson we find out if shape and size really matters and explore the science behind it. We'll also cover the basics of how to pour and serve wine.

  4. Time to Taste!

    The time has come to taste some wine! Lesson 3 will give you a step-by-step guide to setting up a tasting at home, as well as outline the process of tasting wine like a pro. We have designed a wine tasting mat that will be a helpful tool to use in the tasting process!

  5. White Wine

    In lesson 5, we will introduce white wine and how it is typically made. We'll analyse colour, aroma and flavours found in white wine and look at typical examples. We have designed a flavour and aroma wheel that will guide you through practising tasting white wine.

  6. Red Wine

    In lesson 6, we will introduce red wine and how it is typically made. We'll analyse colour, aroma and flavours found in red wine and look at typical examples. We have designed a flavour and aroma wheel that will guide you through practicing tasting red wine.

  7. Rosé Wine

    In lesson 7, we will introduce rosé wine. We'll analyse colour, aroma and flavours found in rosé wine and look at typical examples. We have designed a flavour and aroma wheel that will guide you through practicing tasting rosé wine.

  8. Champagne Showers

    In lesson 8, we will introduce Champagne and sparkling wine. We'll analyse colour, aroma and flavours found in champagne and sparkling wine and look at typical examples. We have designed a flavour and aroma wheel that will guide you through practicing tasting champagne and sparkling wine.

module 2

Intermediate in Wine Appreciation



  1. Grape Growing

    Kick off module 2 with a lesson about viticulture. We'll learn about the growing cycle of the grapevine and introduce the elements that go into growing good quality grapes.

  2. Grapevine Architecture

    In-depth discussion of all the factors that go into selecting a site for planting vineyards and how that will affect wine quality. Discuss factors that make up terroir - climate, topography and soil. Differentiate between vineyard training vs. vineyard trellising. introduce alternative viticultural practices.

  3. It's Harvest Time!

    Harvest time is an excting time of year in the wine industry! In this lesson we're starting in the vineyard with understanding the process of berry ripening and how to sample grapes properly. From the vineyard we will move into the cellar where the steps to processing white grapes and red grapes will be listed and discussed. We will compare the use of agrochemicals in viticulture to integrated pest management strategies and discuss three main fungal diseases in viticulture.

  4. Primary Alcoholic Fermentation

    Understand what happens during the process of alcoholic fermentation. what happens chemically, what organisms are responsible for it, which factors influence it and what can potentially go wrong. We will discuss how the process of alcoholic fermentation is monitored and controlled, as well as common problems that can occur. Lastly, we will list adjustments that can be made to juice and wine.

  5. Secondary Fermentation and Fortification

    We have introduced secondary fermentation in wine in module 1, and in this lesson we will talk about the details. We will look at how malolactic fermentation works and how it influences wine. We'll look at the use of sulphur dioxide in wine as a preservative and lastly we will introduce fortified wines, discuss how they are made and look at some examples.

  6. All About Oak

    Oak and wine go way back. In this lesson, we will look at the history and origin of the oak barrel. We will learn about how they are made and what happens to wine when it is aged in oak. Different types of oak barrels will discussed, as well as alternate ways oak is used in wine.

  7. Blending Wine

    Before bottling, a wine needs to be 'finished'. We will discuss all the processes that go into finishing a wine and preparing it for bottling. The process of fining and filtering will be explained with examples.

  8. Wine Bottling and Storage

    We will walk through the steps of bottling wine in a bottling line and discuss the details of the process. The term 'bottle-shock' will be introduced and discussed. Wine undergoes changes as it ages in the bottle and we will take a closer look at the details of this process. Lastly, we'll talk about how to properly store wine at home, and how to know when to open it.

module 3

Advanced in Wine Appreciation



  1. Principal Wine Styles and Grape Varieties - White

    Introduce the main internationally recognised wine styles with examples.

  2. Principal Wine Styles and Grape Varieties - Red

    Introduce classic white wine varieties and explain their identifying characteristics in terms of typical style, defining aroma's and flavours and where in the world it's commonly produced.

  3. Talk the Talk

    We will recap on new terminology that has been introduced throughout the course thus far and show you how to use these new words to navigate a wine list with confidence.

  4. Careers in the Wine Industry

    The world of wine is a vast place filled with opportunity. It is an industry that encourages and values global learning and travel. In this lesson we will list and discuss different careers that one can have in the wine industry and how to go about it.

  5. The Basics of Food and Wine Pairing - Sparkling Wine and White Wine

    Food and wine are made for each other. In this lesson, we will look at the basics of food and wine pairing and equip you with the know how to do it on your own with confidence.

  6. The Basics of Food and Wine Pairing - Rosé, Red and Fortified Wine

    Food and wine are made for each other. In this lesson, we will look at the basics of food and wine pairing and equip you with the know how to do it on your own with confidence.

  7. Common Wine Faults and How to Identify Them

    We will identify common wine faults, their causes and learn how to identify them. Discuss the basics of how your body processes alcohol and what happens when you become intoxicated. We'll look into what a hangover looks like in the body and what are common 'cures' for a hangover. Lastly, we'll investigate what causes headaches, red cheeks or allergies when you drink wine.

  8. The Egg

    In this lesson, we will go back in time and learn about the amphora, which is still used in modern wineries today. We will understand the use of concrete fermentation and maturation vessels and how they effect the process of alcoholic fermentation, putting special focus on the concrete egg. We will finish off the lesson by introducing some alternative ways wine is made, matured and stored - including storing wine in the ocean!

module 4

Proficient in Wine Appreciation



  1. Wines of the World - Old vs New

    Your final module in wine appreciation will take you on a round-the-world trip in wine. We'll start our journey with an introduction to old world wines versus new world wines and what defines them.

  2. France

    First stop is in France. We will explore Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire Valley, Alsace and Rhone.

  3. Italy

    Next up we are in Italy. We will explore Piedmont, Tuscany, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Sicily, Lombardie, Umbria.

  4. Spain

    Lesson 4 takes us to Spain where we will explore regions like Ebro and Duero River Valleys (Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rueda, Cariñena), Northern Mediterranean Coast(Cava, Priorat, Montsant), Southern Mediterranean (Utiel-Requena, Yecla, Jumilla, Bullas),Central Plateau(Méntrida, Uclés, Vinos de Madrid, etc),Andalucía(herry, Sierras de Málaga, Montilla-Moriles), The Islands (Islas Canarias, Illes Beleares).

  5. Americas

    In lesson 5 we visit the Americas! We'll go to South America: Chile (Maipo Valley, Cachapoal Valley), Argentina (Mendoza, Catamarca), Urguay (Montevideo) and North America: California, Washington, New York and Oregon.

  6. Australia and New Zealand

    Our journey into the new world of wine continues. In this lesson, we travel to Australia and New Zealand. We'll visit Western Australia (Margaret River), South Australia (McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley), Victoria (Yarra Valley), Sydney (Hunter Valley), Queensland (Stanthorpe), Tasmania. New Zealand: Marlborough, Hawke's Bay, Gisborne, Wairarapa, Canterbury, Cetral Otago.

  7. South Africa

    Lesson 7 takes us to sunny South Africa. We'll explore regions like Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Robertson, Swartland, Cape Town, Walker Bay, Bot River and Elgin.

  8. Alternative Wines

    The final lesson in the wine appreciation course will wrap up with all the weird and wonderful things happening in the world of wine. We'll look at alternative wine styles and natural wines as well as the future of the industry and all the opportunites it may hold.

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