Australia in the Wine World

Subject 586-101 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One-week block in July. Students are required to undertake some reading prior to attending the block and complete a major assignment following the block. Prior to the one-week block, students receive a printed subject guide, subject notes, a reader and a practical book. The examination is held on the last afternoon of the one-week block, and the assignment is due three weeks after the one-week block
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Administrative Contact:

Ms Jacinta Way, Dookie Campus, Melbourne School of Land & Environment

Telephone: (03) 5833 9200


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:

  • 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.


Examination - Theory (2 hour) = 40% (Held on last day of the teaching block)

Examination - Practical (1 hour) = 20% (Held on last day of the teaching block)

Assignment (4000 words) = 20% (Submitted 3 weeks after the teaching block)

Practical book = 20% (Submitted 4 weeks after the teaching block)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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