Short Courses

Introduction to Winemaking

Melbourne Polytechnic's mouthwatering short course, Introduction to Winemaking, guides students through the basics of the winemaking process. For classes run in Semester 1 each student will make a small batch of re or rosé wine during the course and learn how to manage a fermentation, perform basic analyses, rack and fine a finished wine. Classes in Semester 2 focus on white wine production and use grape concentrate.

Course Code: SAH019

Fees: $390.00

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Course outline:

The course will commence with an overview of grape composition and wine styles and follow the process of wine production, from crushing the fruit to bottling the wine.

The course is run as a series of evening classes, usually one night per week over eight weeks from 6pm-9.30pm. Students will be issued with learning materials at the commencement of the course.


Introduction to wine styles and grape composition

Sanitation, crushing and pressing operations, basic juice and wine analyses
Fermentation and alcohol production, Wine acids
SO2 and other gases, Basic tastes and assessing wine quality
Fining oak
Faults, bottling

Course fees:

Course fee includes a demijohn.

Course Cancellation or Postponement

Courses with low enrolments may be cancelled or delayed. You will be notified of this 48 hours prior to course commencement.

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.