Unit description

Introduces students to the wine industry within Australia and overseas, including the history and art of wine making, viticulture, and the role of wine in the hospitality-guest experience. Legislation related to the production, sale, distribution and service of wines will be reviewed. Students develop wine appreciation and evaluation skills through a series of professional sensory wine tasting activities.

Unit content

Topic 1: Historical overview of the wine industry
Topic 2: Wine and food pairing
Topic 3: Wine tasting
Topic 4: Wine production and processes
Topic 5: Viticulture regions and varieties
Topic 6: Legal requirements for the wine industry
Topic 7: Wine storage
Topic 8: Wine service
Topic 9: Wine consumption and health

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • The prescribed text will be made available through School administration. Details will be published on the Unit Blackboard site: Steven Knight, Wine Studies.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Experiential sensory evaluation: Part 110%
Experiential sensory evaluation: Part 220%
Exam: closed book30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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