Professional Certificate – Global Wine Studies

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Horticulture Award Professional Certificate
Course Professional Certificate in Global Wine Studies
Course Code PR-GWINEST
Partner Faculty

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Background The Professional Certificate in Global Wine Studies introduces participants to the culture and commerce of the global wine industry through a 'hands on' examination of the French derivation of the modern wine industry and its influence on the evolution and emergence of new world wine industries such as in Australia, principally through an outstanding field trip through the ultra-premium wine regions of France where you experience the culture and traditions of the French wine and food industries first hand. The course builds on the industry knowledge and the olfactory skills developed in the pre-requisite subjects that form part of the entry requirements to the Professional Certificate (successful completion of any two of the following three subjects - Australia in the Wine World (AGRI20030) or Vine to Wine (AGRI20027) or A Taste of Europe: Melbourne intensive (EURO20007/EURO30006), plus Wines of the World (UNIB30008).
It is delivered by an outstanding team of academic and industry practitioners. In particular the course is fortunate to have secured Ken Chase as part of the delivery team. Ken is currently wine consultant for American Airlines the world's largest airline where his role is to select fine wines for various routes paying close attention to menu pairings, as well as the ethnic, cultural, seasonal and stylistic differences of each destination.
Course Description The Professional Certificate in Global Wine Studies is delivered from University of Melbourne in Australia during an outstanding field trip through the ultra-premium wine regions of France where participants experience the culture and traditions of the French wine and food industries first hand. The Professional Certificate comprises one 25 points subject - Exploring French Wine, Food and Culture. This subject is designed to provide an outstanding international educational experience to complement the combined learning of prerequisite subjects that form part of the entry requirements for this course (successful completion of any two of the following three subjects - Australia in the Wine World (AGRI20030), Vine to Wine (AGRI20027) or A Taste of Europe: Melbourne intensive (EURO20007/EURO30006) plus Wines of the World (UNIB30008).
Who Should Apply This course has been designed for students who have already taken or are currently undertaking the pre-requisite subjects or equivalent - Australia in the Wine World (AGRI20030), A Taste of Europe: Melbourne intensive (EURO20007) or Vine to Wine (AGRI20027), plus Wines of the World (UNIB30008).
Academic and Teaching Team

The Professional Certificate in Global Wine Studies is delivered by staff from the Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences and the Faculty of Arts.

The team includes: Professor Snow Barlow, FTSE, FAIAST, Professor of Horticulture and Viticulture, University of Melbourne. Snow Barlow is an internationally renowned viticultural researcher and teacher specialising in the influence of climate and terroir on grape production and wine quality. He has published widely on the influence of climate change on the Australian and global wine industry. He has a major research interest in how climate change will influence the style and quality of some of the world's great wines and how the wine industry can adapt to these changes in climate.

Associate Professor Jacqueline Dutton, Course Co-cordinator. Associate Professor in French Studies, Faculty of Arts. Jackie is a leading researcher and writer on French culture and identity, teaching various courses in French on food and wine, travel writing, cinema, and literature. She has published widely on contemporary French literature, culture, ideas and issues, as well as on cross-cultural French-Australian relations.

Christopher Barnes, Course Co-coordinator and Lecturer, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Chris Barnes is Lecturer in Wine Technology and Viticulture in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.Chris Barnes is also consultant to the wine industry with 20 years’ experience. A Roseworthy graduate, he is director of Australian Wine Education and Training Company based in Melbourne. Chris holds a Masters Degree in Wine Technology and Viticulture. Chris has taught at the University of Melbourne for over ten years and consults to companies such as Wine Selectors, Stuart Wine Company, McPhee's Wines and is a sought after wine judge and wine quality and wine marketing consultant.

Ken Chase, Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne. Ken Chase is a classically trained wine maker and viticulturist with an international reputation. His early interest in wine led him to study throughout the classical wine growing regions of Europe. Ken is currently the wine consultant for American Airlines and has worked with companies such as Royal Caribbean, American Express Wine Club and other airlines. He selected wines for the Pope during his visit to Canada and has appeared as a radio personality on CBC radio as a resident wine guru. Ken is writing his first book on wine, and travels worldwide striving to take the mystery out of wine and sharing his passion with others.

Delivery Mode The course is delivered from University of Melbourne in Australia and also during a two week tour in France. Face to face delivery is supported by materials accessible online through a secure login.
Delivery Venue University of Melbourne Parkville and France (Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy).
Subjects The Professional Certificate in Global Wines requires successful completion of one x 25 point subject: Exploring French Wine, Food and Culture (AGRI50001)* - 25 points
Entry Requirements The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant's ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criterion:
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent
  • Meeting the university English language requirement
  • Completion with a pass result in the relevant subjects - Australia in the Wine World (AGRI20030), Vine to Wine (AGRI20027) or A Taste of Europe: Melbourne intensive (EURO20007/EURO30006), plus Wines of the World (UNIB30008) or equivalent.
Students currently undertaking the subjects (Australia in the Wine World (AGRI20030), Vine to Wine (AGRI20027) or A Taste of Europe: Melbourne intensive (EURO20007/EURO30006) plus Wines of the World (UNIB30008) or equivalent, should note that they are currently enrolled in these subjects on their application and they will be provided a conditional offer for a place if they meet all other entry requirements of the course. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.
Course Fees Tuition Costs - $9,000 (deferrable through FEE-HELP) * Fees are subject to final University approval. Tuition Fees for the course includes study of 1 x 25 point subject 'Exploring French Wine Food and Culture' subject.
Course Fees include tuition, course materials and access to online resources during intensive delivery of subjects. As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
Course fees apply only to the cost of tuition and applicants should note the additional costs relating to the field trip to France for 'Exploring French Wine, Food and Culture'.
Other Costs Study Tour to France Costs Land Costs - $6,500 Inclusions
  • Tuition and Tastings at 12 world-renowned wineries in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne
  • Tuition and Tastings at 2 world-renowned culinary institutions (Cordon Bleu in Paris and Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon)
  • Three regional dinners including food and wine matching challenges (Reims, Beaune, Bordeaux)
  • Two gastronomic dinners including food and wine matching challenges (Paris, Lyon)
  • Accommodation for 14 nights
  • Breakfast and Lunch for 14 days
  • Transport from Paris to Bordeaux and everywhere in between Airfares, travel insurance, and 9 dinners are excluded. Students are responsible for organising their own return flights to France.
Furthermore
  • A deposit of $1,500 is payable by 30 November 2016
  • The second deposit of $1,500 is payable by 31 December 2016
  • Balance of $3,500 is payable by 28 February 2017
Pathways to Further Study Students who successfully complete the course may be eligible for credit into Masters courses offered by the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Key Dates Study Tour Dates: Saturday 13 May - Saturday 27 May 2017
More Information For a full course description with detailed objectives, assessment and other information refer to Subjects section above.
Pay a deposit and register your commitment to the 2017 France Study Tour
Contact Program Coordinator TL-Globalwines@unimelb.edu.au