Australian Wine - A World Perspective

Subject 208-821 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Flexible delivery involving printed learning material and attendance at one 5-day compulsory residential school.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: -
Total Time Commitment: This subject is offered during the semester at the DOOKIE CAMPUS of The University of Melbourne. Students are expected to devote 12-hours per week as well as attend a one-week compulsory residential school in February or July.


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Mr Ashley Wheaton, Mr David Mark Hayward


Jacinta Way, Melbourne School of Land & Environment

Subject Overview:

The objective of this subject is to introduce students to the Australian Wine Industry and its role in world wine production. The content includes the evolution of the grapevine; the history of viticulture and winemaking; the main grape varieties of the world and their distribution; the chemistry of winemaking; wine tasting; appellation and 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.

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  • Examination (Theory - 2.0 h) held on last day of teaching block (40%)
  • Examination (Practical) held on last day of teaching block (20%)
  • Assignment 1 - submitted during the teaching block (10%)
  • Assignment 2 (4000 words) submitted in semester week 3 (20%)
  • Practical book from teaching block - submitted in semester - week 4 (10%)

Prescribed Texts:
  • Johnson, H. and Robinson, J. (2001), The World Atlas of Wine. Mitchell Beazley, London.
  • Rankine, B. (2004), Making Good Wine. Pan Macmillan, Sydney.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Wine Technology and Viticulture
Master of Wine Technology and Viticulture

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