On Campus
5 x 6--hour intensive workshops per semester
1 x 6-hour field trip per semester
1 x 6-hour practical per semester
1 x 93-hour independent study per semester

5 x 6--hour online lectures per semester
2 x 1-hour online tutorial per semester
1 x 6-hour practical per semester
1 x 91-hour independent study per semester
Exam, Quizzes, Simulation group assessment
Topic description

This topic introduces and explains the fundamentals of the world's viti- and vinicultural situation, i.e. statistics regarding planted area, produced volumes per country (wine, table grapes, raisins, grape juice), wine styles and traditions in production and aging. It also provides a brief historical overview of the most important wine regions of the world, quality regulations and quality criteria, protected areas of origin and vineyard classification systems. It also introduces students to industry-specific vocabulary used in labelling and describing important wines of the world including terms that describe residual sugar levels, indicate quality and/or aging as well as specific technologies (e.g. "sur lie" or "roble" or "pasito").

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of how the world’s viti- and viniculture operates. In it students will explore selected wine regions, learn important terms and abbreviations, grape varieties; wine styles and production specificities and gain insight into wine styles and production specificities.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Explain (denominations) and geographical locations of the world’s important wine areas, including similarities and differences within specific regions, their wine styles, grape varieties, production methods and traditions
  2. Explain characteristics of selected and important wine regions of Europe, Australia, Oceania, the Americas, Africa and Asia
  3. Describe wine styles, grape varieties and the “terroir” of selected wine areas
  4. Distinguish wine regions regarding their role as global players in the wine business or niche product producers in terms of quantity, quality and international market importance
  5. Describe wine styles from selected wine regions of the world that are considered as key players; including the characteristics and tastes of the wines

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.