Four Day Course Outline
The four day course is delivered over consecutive Wednedays.
Each session is 3 hours in length and runs from 7pm until 10pm.
The theoretical parts of the lessons will be split up by tasting some of the best examples of naturally produced wines. Two of the sessions will be hosted by winemakers to give first hand accounts of the different elements involved in making wine.
There will be around 5 wines tasted in each lesson - the focus of tasting is on trying to understand and discuss how viticulture and wine making have impacted the style, rather than creating a list of flavours.
The intermediate course is suitable for anyone with a serious interest in learning about the production of wines through natural methods.
We expect to have participants with a range of levels of knowledge, whether it is through working in the industry or because you enjoy drinking good wines!
The course is based on three key sections:
History of farming (how have farming methods evolved through the centuries?)
Aspects of conventional, organic and biodynamic farming
Biodynamic preparations (what are they, how are they prepared & applied, how do they work?)
Aspects of farming naturally (other key features of farming in tune with nature)
Grape growing environment - terroir, soil, climate, geography
Natural yeasts (where do they come from and how do they affect the wine?)
Fermentation (how does spontaneous fermentation work?)
Red, white, rose and skin macerated wine production
Fermentation vessels (why are different fermentation vessels used and how do they impact the taste of the wine?)
Wine additives (what are some of the most common additives and why are they used?)
Characteristics of wine (texture, acid, tannin, sugar, alcohol - achieving the balance)
How to describe what you are tasting
Ways to determine how a wine is made from its taste (what are noticable features of a wine that can help identify where or how it is made?)
How farming decisions may have affected wine style
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One Day Course Outline
The one day course is delivered on a single Saturday.
The course is 6 hours in length and runs from 11am until 5pm.
The topics covered are similar to the intermediate course, however will be delivered in a more condensed form.
There will be 8 wines wines tasted during the lesson - the focus of tastings is to understand how viticulture and wine making have impacted the style of the wine.
The one day is intended for anyone who is interested in knowing more about wine made through natural methods, but has had less exposure to the theory behind grape growing and wine production.