Wine Appreciation Courses

See the end of this description for details of our next courses and costs.

Introductory Level, Intermediate Level, Advanced Level

Want to learn more about wine? Keen to impress your friends with newly acquired wine knowldege? Or do you simply want to enjoy your wines?

Perhaps you wish to work, or are already working, in the hospitality industry?

Whatever your motivation, the ACT Wine Industry Network's Wine Appreciation courses are for you!

Our courses are conducted by qualified professionals with many years experience in the delivery of a range of educational programs. We design courses that are appropriate to the level of the participants involved.

Learn about wine terminology. What do the terms acidity, balance, body, length, intensity, depth, complexity, typicity and mouth-feel mean?

How do you serve wine?

General areas covered in all our Wine Appreciation Courses include overviews of the following:

  • the influences on growing and making wine in Australia
  • how and when to buy wine
  • cellaring wine
  • wine tourism
  • matching food and wine
  • trends in wine styles
  • local wineries
  • regional wineries
  • National wineries
  • International wineries

We can conduct courses over a series of full days, part days or evenings and even on weekends!

Get a group together and we will even conduct on-premise courses for you and your staff in your own workplace or home.

Please contact us regarding the details of the costs of our courses.

Specific topics for study in our courses are as follows:

Introductory Course (Level 1)

  • overview of the Australian Wine Industry
  • growing grapes
  • the basics of making wine
  • characteristics of wine varieties and styles
  • influences of "terroir"
  • the wine-maker
  • matching food and wine
  • serving wine
  • common wine terminology
  • establishing a wine cellar
  • tips for buying wine
  • tastings of popular varieties

Intermediate Course (Level 2)

  • wine tourism
  • regional, National and International influences
  • marketing/advertsing/promotion
  • wine judging and tasting
  • popular styles of wines
  • wine and health
  • new varieties
  • fortified wines
  • sparkling wines
  • advanced wine terminology
  • adding to the wine cellar
  • better buying techniques
  • tastings of new varieties

Advanced Course (Level 3)

  • establishing the vineyard/preparing the land
  • grapes: growing and ripening
  • managing the vine
  • insecticides and pesticides
  • fertilisers and nutrients
  • organic growing
  • irrigation
  • propagation
  • pruning techniques
  • netting
  • harvesting
  • crushing/pressing
  • fermentation/maceration techniques
  • maturation/stabilisation/bottling
  • labelling/packaging/selling
  • tastings of popular varieties

We conduct the majority of our public Wine Appreciation Courses through the auspices of the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

NOTE: we also conduct these courses in Canberra and regional businesses and in people's homes. Simply contact us for more details regarding costs and availability.


Note: Course Fees are still the same as they were in 2013!

Our last One Day Course at our training rooms in Fyshwick will be held on Saturday 29 November. Applications are now open.

Two day (weekend) courses in 2014 are still priced from $385pp and one day (weekend) courses are priced from $265pp (plus $90pp for wine fees for both courses).


Bookings for Term Three and Four 2014 evening Courses are now closed!

Our last CIT Course for Term 4 is at Dickson College.

Tuesday 28 October - 2 December at CIT Woden. (This Course was cancelled)

Monday 20 October - 24 November at Dickson College Dickson.

Note: all evening classes are of 6 weeks duration, one evening per week for 2 hours (7-9pm). Cost is $265pp plus there is a $90pp fee for wines. Enrolments must be made prior to commencement of each course with payment of Course Fees at the time of enrolment. The $90pp wine fee is payable on the first evening of the Course.