Wines of Australia and New Zealand

Australia, vast and mysterious. Huge wine regions in the inland of the country and on the highly populated coastal regions this continent make for an enormously diverse and robust wine culture.

The Rieslings of the valley of Eden and Clare are perfect examples of what this grape can do, different to German Rieslings but equal in quality and their unwavering fruitiness. These are wines that please. Join us as we visit the German settlement of Barossa and see the Shiraz grapes of this famous region. Learn the origins of the Barossa and  Conowarra and taste the fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon wines and other varieties.  Discover how Australia’s“Can do” approach has made them an exporting giant with all of the quality wines, including those still being produced by the First families of Australia.

In the West we visit Margaret River and Perth with the Black Swan river and the slightly tempered wines shaped by a cooler climate.  Taste the difference in these wines from the other great regions and transport yourself in this romantic place. Australia has wines for all wine lovers.

We wish you G’day mate and have a sipping great journey as we traverse this land of wines and have a walkabout.

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The antipodes, more well known for their sporting prowess and zest for life in the sun have established themselves as juggernauts in the world of wine in the last few decades. 1986 was a milestone for New Zealand, who took it upon themselves to thrust the crown of wine excellence on their head for producing Sauvignon Blanc. Nowhere in the world can you match the characteristically joyful taste of Sauvignon Blanc as that from the Southern island region of Marlborough. It is unmistakable with its trademark gooseberry, cut grass, asparagus and steeling acidity balancing like a ballerina in the middle of a pirouette. Move to the Central Otago where the brilliance with the Pinot Noirs challenge the world wine order. This country is small, the population even smaller. Yet the uncanny ability to produce world class wine is evident with every sip. Discover the how and why. Be brave, be open and see the world of the All Blacks rugby team and their haka. The wines are also winners.

With each course there is a recommended wine list that is indicative of the classic wines of this country. We strongly encourage you to try these wines during the course of your studies.
This is a self-paced course and should take approximately 19-25 hours including study time to complete.

Course available from Fall 2019

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