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16/03/2015

Adelaide Uni launch new online wine course

The University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine is taking its wine education free to the world with its first open online course on wine.  

Offered under the banner AdelaideX, Wine101x is a free online course covering wine tasting, how grapes are grown and wine is made and how science benefits the wine industry.

Although entirely online, participants will make their own ‘virtual wine’ and have their process judged — with medals awarded to the best of the bunch.

As well as understanding the process of wine-making, participants will also undertake wine-tasting, learning how to evaluate wine appearance, aroma, flavour and taste.

The interactive course includes videos, interviews and assumes no prior knowledge, aimed at anyone with an interest in wine – from the wine novice to seasoned oenophiles.

Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson, course leader, said the content covers the entire wine value chain, from growing grapes to making wine.

“People who complete the course will have a better understanding of how the management practices employed by grapegrowers in the vineyard and the decisions made by winemakers in the winery, contribute to the style and quality of a final wine,” Wilkinson said.

The course is very interactive — with videos, interviews and activities. It’s self-paced and assumes no prior knowledge, and is aimed at anyone with an interest in wine, from the wine novice to seasoned oenophiles.

“In this way, we hope the course will appeal to anyone and everyone with an interest in wine. For those people with very little wine experience, we hope the course will help to explain the range and diversity of wines on the market. While there’s also plenty of additional content to satisfy the seasoned oenophile,” Wilkinson said.  

Wine101x comprises short videos from wine academics, interviews from world-renowned viticulturists and winemakers including Chester Osborn from d'Arenberg, Kelly Wellington from Wirra Wirra and Chris Hatcher from Wolf Blass, and research case studies on ‘recycling oak barrels’, ‘organic and biodynamic grape production’ and ‘Sauvignon Blanc aroma and flavour’.

Wine101x starts on Tuesday 2April and runs for six weeks.

Further information can be found at the website https://www.edx.org/course/world-wine-grape-glass-adelaidex-wine101x or from course leader Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson on ">k.

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