Want to learn more about wine?
If you’ve ever wished you knew more about wine, you’re not alone.
We live in a wine-loving nation and South Australia is its heart. South Australia is responsible for more than half of all Australian wine made, and some of our most famous Aussie brands. But many of us admit we feel intimidated by wine. We don’t feel confident when we’re ordering a bottle to share with friends. We’re not sure about varieties, flavours or pronunciations.
Taking part in a wine course is a great way to learn about wine while having a whole lot of fun. And there’s no better place to start than the National Wine Education & Training Centre (NWETC), based at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. NWETC offers short courses through to wine qualifications.
People do wine courses for lots of different reasons. We share a few below.
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Like many 25-year-olds, David loves going out with mates on the weekend for a drink. They enjoy exploring wine bars and trying new things. David wants to impress friends with his wine knowledge and wouldn’t mind showing off at work dinners, too. But where to start? David did some Googling and came across Wine Essentials, a three-hour wine education course for people just like him. The session started with an aroma and palate-training exercise, then David tasted eight wines of different varieties, styles and regions. The next step for David is the more in-depth Understanding Wine course. He’s going to book a weekend course and come with his partner.
Kat works in hospitality and is looking to get into the wine industry. She currently works two jobs – during the week at a cool café on the edge of town and on weekends at a McLaren Vale cellar door. Kat wants to learn more about wine to help build her career. But where to start? Kat heard about the NWETC through some friends at the cellar door. She checked them out online and decided to book in for Understanding Wine, a five-week wine education course for people just like Kat. It delivers a comprehensive foundation of wine education for those looking to work in the wine industry, or for those who simply want to make more informed wine choices. It’s also a significant step towards higher wine education programs such as the WSET offered by TAFE SA.
They recently retired from busy careers, their children have left home and they have plenty of free time on their hands. They enjoy leisurely drives through the wine regions of South Australia and would like to learn more. But where to start? They were having lunch in the city recently and saw a poster for the NWETC. They rang the centre and were told all about the Understanding Wine course, held over two consecutive Saturdays with a light lunch included. It’s a comprehensive foundation of wine education, delivered in a relaxed manner – nothing is rushed. Helen and Peter hit it off with another couple at the course and they’ve started planning a group wine tour to the Barossa.
Tess is following in her father’s footsteps and studying to become an engineer. Nev loves drinking wine but doesn’t know his Grenache from his Gruner. With Nev turning 50, Tess thought the perfect gift would be a wine education gift voucher. But what to buy? Tess did some Googling and found the NWETC which offers wine education classes at the National Wine Centre. Gift vouchers are available for Wine Essentials, a three-hour introduction to wine; Understanding Wine, a comprehensive five-week course run on weeknights; and the Understanding Wine Weekend Course, run over two consecutive Saturdays.