Graduate Certificate – Global Wine Studies

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Horticulture Award Graduate Certificate
CourseGraduate Certificate in Global Wine Studies
Course Code GC-GWINEST
Partner Faculty

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Background

This course is not being offered in 2018.

The University of Melbourne has a long association with wine and the wine industry. Its Wine Industry Centre (UMWIC) at Dookie coordinates the full range of wine growing, production, teaching and research pursued by the university. The region is famous for a long history of wine production and teaching, reaching back to the 1870s, and is the perfect place for present day education in the industry. The Graduate Certificate in Global Wine Studies is course that combines:

  • Intensive delivery of course work to introduce participants to the culture and commerce of the global wine industry, building industry knowledge and olfactory skills leveraging the resources based at Dookie, with
  • 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 of 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 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 a 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 Graduate Certificate in Global Wine Studies introduces the Australian wine industry and its role in culture and commerce of the global world wine industry from historical, cultural, economic and sensory perspectives:
  • The Australian Wine Industry is examined in the context of the global wine trade and the new and emerging wine regions throughout our continent. The history and culture of the modern wine industry through the evolution of premium wine grape varieties and the global wine industry is studied, as are innovations in grape-growing and winemaking that have led to the development of the great wines of the world
  • The sensory and philosophical perceptions of wine quality are explored to allow students to educate their palate to the sensory characteristics of major grape varieties and great wine styles of the world
  • Finally an outstanding international educational experience is undertaken through a field trip to the ultra-premium wine regions of France
The Graduate Certificate in Global Wine Studies requires completion of 50 points of study, as indicated in the following table:
Subject and Code Points Comments Estimated Delivery Dates
Australia in the Wine World (AGRI20030) or Vine to Wine (AGRI20027) or A Taste of Europe: Melbourne intensive (EURO20007/EURO30006) 12.5 To be completed prior to undertaking Exploring French Wine, Food and Culture TBA
Wines of the World (UNIB30008) 12.5 To be completed prior to undertaking Exploring French Wine, Food and Culture TBA
Exploring French Wine, Food and Culture (AGRI50001) 25   May 2019
Total 50   
All subjects are delivered intensively, either at the University of Melbourne Dookie or Parkville campus or in France.
Delivery Mode The course is delivered face to face in Australia at the University of Melbourne Dookie or Parkville campus for the 12.5 point subjects and on a two week tour in France for the 25 point subject. Face to face delivery is supported by materials accessible online through a secure login.
Who Should Apply This course has been designed for:
  • Wine industry professionals
  • Those with an interest in French food, wine and culture
The University of Melbourne alumni that may have completed two of the 12.5 point subjects as part of their undergraduate study program should enrol in the Professional Certificate in Global Wines
Subjects

Australia in the Wine World (AGRI20030) - This subject introduces students to the Australian wine industry and its role in world wine production. Content includes: Evolution of the grapevine, history of viticulture and winemaking, main grape varieties of the world and their distribution, chemistry of winemaking, wine tasting, appellation and the culture of wine, world wine regions including France and Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy, North America, South America, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, Australian wine regions and production, the global wine trade and Australia's export markets, and Wine, food, health and culture.

Vine to Wine (AGRI20027) - During this subject a detailed knowledge of a working vineyard, including what makes a grapevine function, and how it is managed throughout the season to produce fruit to match a diverse range of wine styles is developed. The processes involved in the production of wine from receipt of grapes at the winery through to the commencement of maturation in barrel or bottle is studied. How the wine making process is driven by the activity of yeast and bacteria is explored. Students learn the importance of monitoring wine using quality control techniques as well as how to evaluate a range of wine types and styles and to appreciate the influences of various winemaking practices.

A Taste of Europe: Melbourne intensive (EURO20007/EURO30006) - Learn about some of Europe’s most important cuisines and how they have been plated up for consumption in Melbourne. As an expression of identity, food is often used to support national and regional identity. Students will consider the relationship between gastronomy and identity and will be introduced to a range of key culinary concepts and practices and the way we talk about them. Through analysis of some of the key features of French, German, Italian and Spanish cuisines, students will consider how these countries’ culinary profiles speak to wider socio-political issues such as authenticity, food and space, cultural practices and the history of food. Students will also consider issues of “authenticity” in the way cuisines are plated up for consumption in Melbourne. This will require students to interrogate their assumptions and expectations about European foods and to reflect on their personal experience of the “taste” of Europe.

Wines of the World (UNIB30008) - This subject traces the history and culture of the modern wine industry through the evolution of premium wine grape varieties and international wine styles that characterise the global wine industry. The regional innovations in grape-growing and winemaking that have resulted in the development of the great wines of the world are explored from historical, cultural and sensory perspectives. The role of these innovations in the development of the global wine industry is considered from an economic as well as social aspect. The importance of regional climate and terroir in the development of the world's great wine regions is further examined in the light of the potential impacts of climate change on these regions.

Exploring French Wine, Food and Culture (AGRI50001) - This subject is designed to provide an outstanding international educational experience to complement the combined learning of prerequisite subjects - successful completion of any two of the following three subjects: Australia in the Wine World (AGRI20030), A taste of Europe (EURO20007) or Vine to Wine (AGRI20027) plus Wines of the World (UNIB30008). It is delivered through an outstanding 2 week 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.

Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.
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.
Additional Information A full travel itinerary for the 'Exploring French Wine, Food and Culture' subject is included in the course brochure. The University of Melbourne Dookie campus and its facilities.
Academic and Teaching Team

The Graduate Certificate in Global Wine Studies is delivered by staff from Faculty of Veterinary and 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-Coordinator. 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 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.

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
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.
Course Fees

Tuition Costs - 2018 not available.

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; 2018 not available, offer planned for May 2019.

FEE HELPFee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Key Dates

Study Tour Dates: estimated May 2019

Delivery Venue The University of Melbourne Dookie and Parkville campuses, and France (Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy)
Related CourseProfessional Certificate in Global Wine Studies
Contact Program Coordinator TL-Globalwines@unimelb.edu.au