General Wine courses
Introduction to General Wine courses
(Most with e-learning, via the e-learning platform)
These are all (mostly) e-learning courses, with no costs included for any Workshops, Field Trips or Practicums. They are offered at the Certificate and the Associate Degree levels and are aimed at persons who have no previous wine experience. We have arranged them into specific categories.
Essentials of Wine
(20 lectures – no prior wine knowledge required) €450
This e-learning course, in which you receive one lecture per week, provides an introduction to all the fundamental and essential basics of wine. This will include wine tasting and evaluation techniques, the different components of a wine’s appearance, aroma and flavour, and also how to taste and analyse wines, sparkling wines and liqueur wines.
You will also get a detailed introduction to viticulture and winemaking, as well as to fortified wines, wine & food pairing, wine in food, as well as the setting up and managing of a wine cellar.
The course covers wine essential topics, a few examples: sensory evaluations and tasting, wine styles, the world of wine and consumption, wine labels, international regional classifications, sommeliership, cellar management, wine and food pairing, terroir, as well as a separate section on viticulture and one on wine production.
This module also offers the basics on the major grapes used for making wine and their discerning characteristics, the influence of climate and viticulture, as well as lectures on sweet wines, fortified, sparkling wines, spirits, and liqueurs.
The course consists of:
- 20 lectures with compulsory Assignments
- Compulsory Wine Tasting Exercises of 20 wines
- A compulsory on-line final examination
- Optional tutored workshops & wine tastings: where we discuss any possible problems, new developments or techniques, and taste at least 6 wines. This is obviously optional as it may not always be possible, (given that students may be following this course in various parts of the world,) to get sufficient numbers of students together to conduct such workshops and
tastings. Details about this will be provided to students throughout the course via the platform. The course fees do not include any of these costs.
- Optional Field Trips: the intention being that during such Field Trip students get some hands-on, practical exposure to grapes, viticulture, wine making or other related practical experience. This is usually of at least 4 days duration. Obviously, these Field Trips are also optional and will depend on how many students wish to attend such Field Trip.
The Foundations of Wine Certificate
(a blended course: combining a normal (f2f) and an e-learning module) (costs can only be established once the number of students is determined)
In a ‘blended learning’ course one part of the course is offered, like the other e-learning courses, on EWA’s e-learning platform in advance of the second part: a face-to-face course, of a few days, held at a suitable venue.
Such a ‘blended learning’ wine course can be held in any city or region, as long as a minimum of 12 students registers for the course. Using blended learning makes it possible for us to offer a professional course in a flexible manner (our students almost all work full-time) and it makes it more affordable as part of the academic material is accessed and processed by the student her/himself, in his/her own time, and with only a limited intervention by the tutor. The tutor plays a larger role in the f2f section. Further details are available upon request.
International Certificate in Wine & Spirits
(40 lectures – no prior wine knowledge or experience required) €795
Many students start their wine career off with this e-learning course of 40 lectures. This is also our most popular course.
This is a detailed course aimed at the student with no, or little wine knowledge or experience, who wishes to acquire a professional and thorough wine education. It covers all of the Essential elements of wine and consists of:
- A series of 40 lectures with compulsory Assignments (in three modules) which covers topics such as the question as to what wine is, it’s definitions, sensory wine evaluations and tasting, the various wine styles, the world of wine & consumption, wine labels, international and regional wine laws, appellations and classifications, sommeliership, cellar management, wine and food pairing, what terroir is and it’s effect on wine. It also covers various aspects of viticulture and one on wine production. This module also offers an introduction to the basics of wine business planning, wine costing, and economics, management of a wine business, the influence of climate and viticulture, as well as lectures on sweet wines, fortified, sparkling wines, spirits, and liqueurs.
- A compulsory Essay
- Compulsory wine tasting sessions of 60 wines
- A compulsory on-line final examination
- Optional tutored workshop
- Optional Field Trip to a wine region.
The same comments, as above, regarding the optional Workshops and Field Trip, also apply to this course.
This is a serious and academically strong course which should provide students with a professional knowledge of wine.
International Certificate Wine Tasting & Evaluation
(30 lectures – no prior wine knowledge or experience required) €695
This e-Learning course has been designed to provide a serious basis for those wishing to acquire a detailed knowledge of wine tasting and wine evaluation. It covers all the relevant issues, and in particular, the necessary techniques to turn you into a semi-professional wine taster (only further experience can turn you into a professional wine taster and judge!).
It is designed to offer a student the type of expertise and knowledge that would enable him/her to work professionally and internationally as a wine taster, wine professional (in a restaurant, wine shop etc. for instance), cellar hand or sommelier, even to become, with the necessary experience, an international wine judge, as it delves even deeper into the relevant topics.
It consists of 30 lectures (in 2 modules, with assignments), which cover topics such as sensory wine tasting and evaluation, wine structure, the relevance of sight and colour, aromas and smell. We also cover the various wine styles, tasting techniques, tasting tools, the major grape varietals, the role of psychology and emotion, wine faults, how to serve wine, introduction to sommeliership, how to write a tasting note, setting up and managing a wine cellar, how to score a wine in a blind tasting, viticulture, oenology (wine production), and how that, and viticulture, affects the taste and quality of wines. We also cover matters such as: how to taste Champagne, sparkling wines, as well as fortified wines like Port and Sherry, and of course spirits such as whisky and cognac.
As you can see, this course goes further than the standard wine courses which are generally available, as we also try to show what effect such matters as terroir, climate, region, and the wine’s age or serving temperature can have on the wine you are tasting.
We also delve into the cultural and psychological factors involved in wine tasting and when discussing the visual, nosing and taste phases, we try to give sufficient scientific background to explain why we perceive wine the way we do.
Such practical matters as the ideal wine tasting glass (and how to clean and look after it properly!), the tools which a wine taster uses, the perfect tasting room, as well as how to read a wine label and understand wine region classifications and appellations, are also covered extensively.
As this course is offered via e-learning, we do understand that for novice tasters it is also important to get some of the techniques under control. That is why we offer, as part of the course, an on-line tasting lesson (and if necessary, backup sessions) with one of our senior tutors, on a face-to-face basis via Skype so that the student can learn what to do, what to look out for, and how to taste.
On the e-learning platform, you will also find a ‘Guide to Tasting Wine and Spirits’, with supporting ‘Tasting Sheets’, in addition to a large number of video clips which will assist students.
This course consists of 30 lectures and consists of:
- 30 lectures and compulsory assignments,
- A compulsory Essay
- Compulsory wine tasting exercises of 60 wines
- A compulsory on-line final examination
Certificate in Wine Producing Regions
(40 lectures – no prior wine knowledge required) €795
In this detailed course, students will learn about various important aspects of the world’s major wine producing regions, divided into the Old World and new World wine regions.
This knowledge can enhance the knowledge of anyone intending a career in the wine industry.
The emphasis will be on a systematic analysis of the main interest points of these wine regions, in a curriculum of 40 lectures, and with a slight emphasis on France.
The following topics, of each region, are covered in these lectures: History and Introduction, Climate, Geography and Soils, Varietals, Viticultural practices, Vinification practices, Organization of trade, Wine law and Classifications.
The course is divided into two modules. In the first one we discuss the major wine regions of Europe, including less famous ones like Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Russia & Georgia, Bulgaria, Czech and Slovakia, Romania, Moldavia & Slovenia, Switzerland, England and the Benelux.
In the second module, we deal with the so-called New World wine regions. All the obvious ones are discussed, but it also includes some newer regions such as Canada, Mexico, and Uruguay, Brazil and rest of South America, Japan, China, India and Thailand, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco and rest of N. Africa.
If the student passes the on-line multiple-choice examination, at the end of the course, completes all the wine tasting exercises and the Essay she/he will receive the “Certificate in Wine producing Regions”.
The course, therefore, consists of:
- 40 lectures with compulsory Assignments, in 2 modules,
- Compulsory Wine Tasting Exercises of 60 wines,
- A compulsory final examination (on-line multiple choice),
- Optional Field Trips: the intention being that during such Field Trip students get some hands-on, practical exposure to grapes, viticulture, wine making or other related practical experience. Obviously, these Field Trips are also optional and will depend on how many students wish to attend such Field Trip.