European Wine Academy

Associate Degree Wine Essentials, Viticulture & Winemaking

€2850 All inclusive. Includes course fee, registration costs and exam fees (based on number of modules)
120 e-learning lectures
No prior wine knowledge required
It includes a 6-lecture module on Wine Tasting & Evaluation

This comprehensive course is probably our most popular one as it enables you, with no wine knowledge initally, to delve deeply into wine, viticulture, and wine production, providing a thorough foundation. It consists of four detailed modules:

Module 1: Covers wine essentials, sensory evaluation, wine styles, and more.
Module 2: Focuses on viticulture in detail, including grape quality, climate, soils, and vineyard management.
Module 3: Examines wine production practices and techniques.
Module 4: Explores wine marketing and business topics.

Course components include:

  • 120 lectures and assignments.
  • A portfolio of 120 wines to taste.
  • A compulsory essay.
  • on-site training (minimum of 40 hours) if the student has no wine experience, at any type of wine or liquor business or winery.
  • A compulsory online examination at the end of the course.

 Timing: Normally students spend 1 to 2 hours per assignment.

Extracts from typical lectures:

“….Blanquette de Limoux is one of the oldest sparkling wine appellations in France, located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The traditional production method for Blanquette de Limoux involves Méthode Ancestrale techniques, resulting in wines with delicate bubbles and refreshing acidity….”

“….Schist, a metamorphic rock with layered structures, can provide unique terroir characteristics to sparkling wines. Schist soils offer good drainage and heat retention, allowing grapevines to thrive in cooler climates. Wines produced from grapes grown in schist soils often exhibit pronounced minerality and a distinct sense of place. In regions such as the Douro Valley in Portugal, where….”

“…….Disease and pest management in organic viticulture rely on preventive measures and cultural practices rather than synthetic chemical inputs (Jones & Lee, 2023). Strategies include the use of resistant grape varieties, canopy management techniques to improve airflow and sunlight penetration, and the application of natural predators and biocontrol agents (Black & Green, 2019). Additionally, organic growers may utilize botanical extracts, microbial preparations, and other approved organic inputs for disease and pest control (Brown et al., 2022)…..”

“…….Furthermore, ethical marketing practices require wineries to walk a fine line between authenticity and greenwashing. Consumers are increasingly skeptical of misleading marketing tactics. Wineries must ensure their sustainability efforts are genuine and demonstrably impact their environmental and social footprint (Lockshin & Zizzo, 2017). This necessitates clear communication of these efforts through label design, packaging materials, and marketing campaigns. Additionally, ethical marketing involves fair labor practices and responsible sourcing throughout the winemaking process (Carrington et al., 2010). By addressing these challenges, wineries can build trust and loyalty with consumers who are increasingly prioritizing sustainability and ethical practices in their purchasing decisions……..”

“….Organizations must adapt to change to stay competitive, and having the right staff is critical for navigating periods of change and ensuring long-term success. Effective human resource management (HRM) plays a vital role in this context, focusing on hiring, training, evaluating, and compensating employees. Given the importance of building and maintaining a dedicated and skilled workforce, HRM is key to an organization’s success. Although all managers are, in essence, human resource managers, larger organizations often have specialized HR professionals to handle these tasks…..”