European Wine Academy

The Major Wine Regions

€1085 – (All inclusive. Includes course fee, registration costs and exam fees (based on number of modules)
40 elearning Lectures

No Prior Wine Knowledge Required
Includes a 6-lecture module on Wine Tasting & Evaluation

In this comprehensive e-learning Certificate program you will get great insights into the diverse and fascinating world of wine. This carefully crafted course consists of 40 enlightening lectures, divided into two modules, each focusing on distinct aspects of some fascinating wine-producing regions.

Key topics: Module I delves into the rich tapestry of major European wine regions, including lesser-known gems such as Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, and more by exploring the historical significance, climatic conditions, geographical features, soil compositions, grape varietals, viticultural practices, and vinification methods that shape these renowned wine regions. In Module II, journey into the dynamic realm of New World wine regions, from the scenic landscapes of Canada and Mexico to the emerging wine industries of Japan and China. Uncover the unique terroirs, innovative winemaking techniques, and burgeoning wine cultures that characterize these vibrant regions. Topics covered in both modules encompass a comprehensive spectrum, ranging from historical contexts and climatic influences to trade organizations, wine laws, and classifications.

Participants will engage in compulsory assignments, suggested wine tasting exercises featuring a selection of 60 wines, an essay, and a final online multiple-choice examination.

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

Upon passing the final online test you will be awarded the “Certificate Major Wine Regions”

Whether you are a budding enthusiast or a seasoned aficionado, this course promises to enrich your knowledge and passion for the wine-producing regions worldwide. Join us on this enlightening journey into the heart of viticulture and oenology.

Extracts from typical lectures:

“…Most of Japan’s wine production is on Honshu, the main island, particularly in the prefectures of Nagano, Yamagata, and Yamanashi. These three prefectures produce almost half of Japan’s grapes. Hokkaido, the northernmost and coldest of Japan’s four main islands, is an unlikely place for wine production, but winemaking has occurred there since the 1960s….”

“…Canada’s notable achievement is the consistently high quality of sweet wines, especially Icewine and late-harvest Riesling, Vidal, Ehrenfelser, and Optima. Canada is the world’s largest producer of Icewine, benefiting from sustained winter temperatures of −8 °C. This consistent cold allows for reliable Icewine production every year….”

“…Brazilian viticulture is centered in the far south of the country, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, primarily in the hilly Serra Gaúcha region, north and inland of Porto Alegre. Additionally, the smaller, newer Campanha (sometimes called Fronteira) region is emerging on the border with Uruguay and Argentina….”

“…DAC, which stands for “Districtus Austria Controllatus,” refers to Austrian appellations of origin that are established and regulated by grower-led regional wine committees. The goal of DAC is to define and promote specific styles and flavor profiles for each of Austria’s wine-growing regions, including specifying the grape varieties to be used….”

“…Texas Hill Country, located in Central Texas, is the second-largest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the United States. Known for its picturesque landscapes and diverse range of grape varieties like Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, the region is home to numerous wineries. It’s a popular spot for wine tasting and vineyard tours due to its wide selection of wines and beautiful scenery….”

“…Vinos de Madrid is recognized for producing a range of wine styles, from youthful and fruit-forward to more complex and aged. The reds from this region often have a vibrant, spicy character, while the whites can be fresh and aromatic. Located south of Madrid, Vinos de Madrid became a Denominación de Origen (D.O.) in 1990, although wine production in the area dates back to the 13th century when the wines were known for their strength and dark colour….”

“..Beaujolais, in the Rhône département, is often considered part of greater Burgundy but is distinct in terms of viticulture. While Bordeaux produces about four times as much wine each year, Burgundy’s estimated 74,000 acres (30,000 hectares) of vineyards are regarded as producing some of the most exclusive wines on earth, with devout followers worldwide. Although sometimes treated as part of Burgundy, Beaujolais is a separate region with its own characteristics….”

“…Much of Moldova is low and hilly, rarely rising above 350 meters (1,150 feet) above sea level, with a gentle descent toward the Black Sea in the south. The climate is favourable for viticulture, with average summer temperatures around 20 °C (68 °F)….”

“…England has found success, particularly with sparkling wine, for quite some time. Since the late 1990s, southern English producers like Nyetimber and Chapel Down have been making high-quality sparkling wines inspired by the traditional Champagne style, thanks to the country’s cool climate, which contributes to the high acidity required for sparkling wines….”

“…India’s summer growing season is hot and prone to monsoons, with many of its wine regions located within the tropical climate zone. As a result, vineyards are often planted at higher altitudes along slopes and hillsides to benefit from cooler air and some wind protection…”.

“…Red wine is more popular among younger Chinese consumers (25-36), with women often viewing wine as more stylish than beer. Wine drinkers are becoming more knowledgeable about imported wines, relying less on distributors and retailers for information. Although Bordeaux remains popular, other regions like Burgundy and a wider variety of wines are gaining traction….”

“…Many of Germany’s top vineyards are on steep slopes that are unsuitable for anything other than growing grapes. These vineyards overlook rivers like the Rhine, Neckar, Main, Nahe, Ahr, Mosel, and its tributaries. Their high cultivation costs are justified by the quality of wine they produce. Working these steep vineyards requires three times as many man-hours as vineyards on flat or gently sloping terrain, where growers can use tractors….”

Most of Oregon’s vineyards are exposed to marine airflow from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in milder winters but cooler and wetter summers than Washington. Oregon is notoriously wet, with most rain falling between October and April. However, in a late-ripening year, rain during harvest can cause rot and dilution, while flocks of migrating birds can damage a vineyard in hours.

“…The Mornington Peninsula is one of Victoria’s most important wine regions, located an hour’s drive south of Melbourne along Australia’s southern coast. It is one of the country’s coolest wine-growing regions, known for its elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines, quite different from the full-bodied Shiraz wines for which Australia is typically known….”

“…New Zealand’s winemakers operate with relatively few regulatory constraints, with practices such as acidification, deacidification, and enrichment permitted. Despite these freedoms, the high quality of New Zealand’s wines, especially those meant for export, is a testament to the ambitions and skills of the country’s wine industry….”

“…The steep slopes along the Douro River in Portugal are terraced, a traditional method of viticulture in the region. These terraces maximize the use of the land and create unique vineyard sites with varying exposures to the sun. The river’s flow and the terraced landscapes combine to create a visually stunning environment for grape cultivation…”