Wine Education

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Barossa Wine School Level 1

by BAROSSA GRAPE & WINE ASSOCIATION

Successful completion of Barossa Wine School Level 1, the three hour introductory course, awards students the title of Barossa Enthusiast and entitles them to continue to further levels of the program.

Highlight: Tasting of 6 wines including the oldest Grenache in the world and a over 100 years old Semillon.
Qualification: Level 1 Certificate
Next Intake: 25th October

 

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Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

The Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) is an internationally recognized credential conferred by the Society of Wine Educators (SWE), which has branches in countries around the globe. Obtaining the CSW demonstrates your mastery of wines of the entire world and can help you launch or further your career in wine.

The program covers wine tasting, terminology, composition, chemistry, flaws, viticulture, enology, labels, laws and wine regions of the world.

Next Intake: TBC
Course Fee: $2500/nett pp

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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Course Fee: $480/nett pp
Duration: 8 hrs
Description: For individuals new to wine study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

Contents:

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • How to store and serve wine
  • The principles of food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Course Fee: $1,050/nett pp
Duration: 20 hrs
Description: This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors thatimpact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.

Contents:

  • How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
  • How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
    • Chardonnay
    • Pinot Grigio/Gris
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Riesling
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Merlot
    • Pinot Noir
    • Syrah/Shiraz
  • The style and quality of wines:
    • made from 22 regionally important grape varieties
    • produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world
  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:
    • Sparkling wines
    • Fortified wines
  • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
  • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
  • Principles of food and wine pairing

Enrollment

Students who are under the legal minimum age for the retail purchase of alcoholic beverages in the country where the examination is being held will not be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverage as part of their course, but this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification. Similarly, students who choose not to taste alcohol for health, religious or other reasons will not find this a barrier to successfully completing the qualification.

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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Course Fee: $1,900.00/nett pp (All Inclusive)
Description: The WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate is intended to provide in-depth product knowledge required to underpin job skills and competencies, for example in product selection in the retail and hospitality sectors. It is designed to give a thorough understanding of the factors that account for the style, quality and price of the principal still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world. The qualification will assist those who are required to make professional evaluations of wines with regards to their style, quality and price. The Advanced Certificate is a unitized course, covering wines of the world in considerable depth, and the candidates are required to prove competency in theory and tasting.
This course is open to candidates who hold the WSET Level 2 Certification or can demonstrate knowledge at Intermediate level through completion of equivalent courses or sufficient experience in the wine & spirit industry. It is also suitable for the wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at Level 2.
The examination for the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine certificate is spread over two Units and candidates must pass both Units to receive the certification. Unit 1 comprises of a theory examination of 50 multiple-choice questions and four short-answer questions and Unit 2, a tasting examination consisting of a blind tasting of two wines.

Course Programme:

Unit 1

  • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking
  • How these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal
    • still wines of the world
    • sparkling wines of the world
    • fortified wines of the world
  • How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality

Unit 2

How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

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