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WIN2200 Viticultural and Winemaking Practice

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 October 2023


Co-requisite: WIN1101


This is the first of a series of practical courses for the Wine Studies major. It provides a practical introduction to determination of harvest date and late season vineyard management, chemical and sensory analysis of grapes and wine, grape harvesting, grape processing and fermentation of white and red wines. It is designed to impart industrially relevant skills in wine analysis, winemaking and viticulture in a real production setting, coupled with students gaining wine industry experience. Specific practical activities and skills development are targeted according seasonal activities when the residential school occurs, in this case the harvest and winemaking period. Emphasis is given to developing competence in practical viticultural and winemaking skills.

This course mainly comprises a compulsory, intensive 5 day residential school, based at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism, and provides a practical introduction to harvest-season viticulture and winemaking through activities in the Queensland College of Wine Tourism vineyard, winery and laboratory facilities and field trips to local commercial operations. The activities to be undertaken include determining optimal time for harvest through yield estimation, vineyard assessment and grape berry compositional testing, late season vineyard management, chemical and sensory analysis of wine, grape harvesting, processing (crushing, pressing, stabilisation, clarification, enzyme treatments, acidification), and initiating and monitoring of primary fermentation of white and red wines. In addition students will be guided through appropriate preparatory activities prior to the residential school and follow-up activities will include completion of a report on activities and outcomes. This course contains a mandatory residential school.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 External
Date printed 4 October 2023