Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject builds on the knowledge of wine tasting developed in Wine Evaluation I and the knowledge of Australian grape varieties and styles developed during the course. Students will gain theoretical and technical knowledge of different wine styles. The practical aim of the subject is to provide students with hands-on experience in tasting international wine styles so that they can identify by taste major regional wine styles and wine-making practices. To this end the subject will include an overview of Old and New World wine-making regions, an analysis of production practices and an examination of major international wine styles. In addition, the subject will include some discussion of the relationship between culture and wine preferences.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClassic Wine Library seriesRecommendedTBAMITCHELL BEAZLEY, LONDON
ReadingsGrapes and wines: a comprehensive guide toRecommendedClarke, O & Rand, M 2003WEBSTERS/TIME WARNER, LONDON
ReadingsLe nez du vin: grand edition (the scent of wine)RecommendedLenior, J & Sutcliffe, S 2000EDITIONS JEAN LENIOR, PROVENCE
ReadingsLe nez du vin: les defauts (the scent of wine: faults inRecommendedLenior, J & Sutcliffe, S 2006EDITIONS JEAN LENIOR, PROVENCE
ReadingsLe nez du vin: les vins blancs (the scent of wine:RecommendedLenior, J & Sutcliffe, S 2006EDITIONS JEAN LENIOR, PROVENCE
ReadingsOz Clarke's wine atlas: wines and wine regions ofRecommendedClarke, O 2007PAVILLON, LONDON
ReadingsThe art and science of wineRecommendedHalliday, J & Johnson, H 2006HARDIE GRANT, MELBOURNE
ReadingsThe geography of wineRecommendedSommers, BJ 2008Penguin, USA
ReadingsThe new Southeby's wine encyclopaedia: aRecommendedStevenson, T 20074TH EDN, DORLING KINDERSLEY, LONDON
ReadingsWine Tasting: a professional handbookRecommendedWine Tasting: a professional handbook2ND EDN, ACADEMIC PRESS, SAN DIEGO
ReadingsWines Made Easy SeriesRecommendedTBAMITCHELL BEAZLEY, LONDON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the major international wine regions and styles.

Through workshops, group discussion and research tasks, students will explore wine regions and styles of the world.

02. Identify, analyse and describe the sensory characteristics of a range of international wine styles

Through workshops, discussion in tasting practical classes and research tasks, students will explore the sensory characteristics of wine styles of the world.

03. Apply the process of qualitative wine evaluation in assessing wine quality within the context of the various international Appellation systems

Through workshops, group discussion and research tasks, students will assess wine quality with respect to international Appellation systems.

04. Compare production techniques, with respect to Appellation rules and wine style

Through workshops, group discussion in workshops and research tasks, students will assess wine production techniques with respect to international Appellation systems.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Week 29-43, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 29 - 42
Two 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group presentation (6 wines evaluated, 1200 words equivalent per student)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Practical evaluation and tasting (equiv. 1500 words)35 01, 03
Theory Exam (1.5 hours, 1500 words equivalent)35 01, 02, 04