The University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine is taking its wine education free to the world with its first Wine MOOC (massive open online course) – and it launches very soon.
On 2 April, AdelaideX launches its new course World of Wine: From Grape to Glass, a free online course that helps learners develop expertise in wine tasting, and build their knowledge of how grapes and wine are produced, and why it’s so important for science and winemaking to go hand in hand.
At the course, learners will make their own ‘virtual wine’ and participate in a wine-making contest, with medals up for grabs for those who make the best decisions through the step-by-step wine-making process. Participants will also learn how to evaluate the appearance, aroma, flavour and taste of wine — highly useful for budding wine connoisseurs!
The course is highly interactive and has been specially designed to offer a fun and engaging way into wine-tasting and wine-making. Novices and seasoned oenophiles alike will find something for them in the course, ranging from short video lessons with the University of Adelaide’s wine academics, to interviews with world-renowned viticulturists and winemakers, including Chester Osborn from d’Arenberg, Kelly Wellington from Wirra Wirra and Chris Hatcher from Wolf Blass, and research case studies on ‘recycling oak barrels’, ‘organic and biodynamic grape production’ and ‘Sauvignon blanc aroma and flavour’.
The course begins on Thursday 2 April (UTC) and its first release will run for 6 weeks.
Further information can be found at the website https://www.edx.org/course/world-wine-grape-glass-adelaidex-wine101x or from course leader Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson on firstname.lastname@example.org.