Wines of Australia

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Estimated study time?

Individuals differ, learning styles differ, and the individual time factors and learning speeds differ so it would be hard to place a precise time so we suggest a range of between 19-25 hours of study. This includes reading through the material and completing the quizzes and the final examination. There is no time constraint nor limit, of utmost importance is you enjoy this journey of knowledge and you indulge your curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

How long do I have to complete the course?

Human beings never complete anything without a target. We may believe this to be untrue but if you were to silently contemplate yourself with unbridled honesty you would admit this is a truth, unpleasant it may be but still the truth. At APWASI we encourage you to complete this course within six months from registration. As the course recommendation is between 19-25 hours, a six-month period of completion is an exaggerated premium of time for you as we want you to do other more constructive things in life than procrastinate.

Who is it for?

Our courses are for the dedicated, determined, belief in themselves and wanting to succeed. If you have these qualities you will succeed at anything you want not only these courses.

These courses, by the nature of their content are aimed at wine professionals currently in the industry and those who are intending to join the industry, and enthusiasts. The kaleidoscope of career options is many. This would include retail, importing, exporting, distributing, and perhaps even producing. Additionally, if you are in the hospitality industry, hotel, airline, cruise ship, high-medium end restaurants, this course would give you a firm and unquestionable structure of wine and spirit knowledge to further your career. Following our 5 C’s philosophy we believe our courses are for those who treasure knowledge and have a thirst to make their mark in life.

Where can I do this?

Anywhere in the globe, on the sunny beaches of Hawaii or the secluded jungle of South America or even the salubrious atmosphere of a private club in London, literally it is anywhere you wish. Our courses are available world-wide, 365/ 24/7, in 23 different languages. All you need is an internet connection! These courses can be accessed on your mobile device, tablet or on your computer.

Why us?

We are all accustomed to choices and with choices there are set parameters that we set before making a decision. Education is not an inanimate object it is not a pair of lifestyle shoes, shirt, blouse or meal. Education is the keystone of your life and we encourage you to choose as you see fit. Our criteria suits those that are openminded, cultural adept, eager to learn on a holistic basis and not just facts and figures- regurgitating them out like an antiquated calculator with a paper roll attached. We want, we demand, our graduates to be beacons of openness, approachable and wanting to share experiences and knowledge with all within the industry. We all begin our life with the currency of youth and this applies to not only APWASI but also other organizations like us across this globe. We bring fresh beginnings with new education methods to match the new trends, embrace the plethora of learning styles and together our courses are definitive in character that are matchless in the devotion given to their creation. If you value the future as we state, “learning for the future” then we are your future.

How can I learn this without tasting?

One cannot learn to swim without water and neither do we expect you to learn without tasting . We have at the end of each course a selection of wines we recommend you to try using the skills you have acquired on the wine essentials course we offer. Through this method you can increase your practical wine tasting skills. Our courses allow you to evaluate the wines by understanding the “why” and “the how”.

I don’t know how to taste.

The ability to taste wine is universal. The methodology to understanding wine and appreciating wine is not universal and that needs to be understood through concept, tasting and recording. This we achieve by having you take the wine essentials course we have as a prerequisite to any courses you select. Within this course lie the secrets to identifying, nosing and tasting wines and finally evaluate wines. It’s our pleasure to join you on this journey of adventure and bountiful knowledge. After taking this course you will learn and be able to taste wine with comfort.

Final Exam Information

For information on final exam procedures, please visit this link.

Dr. Clinton LeeDr. Clinton Lee has attained the highest qualification from the Wine Spirit and Education Trust based in London, the WSET Diploma and the Certified International Educator. He has over 80 million views globally on TikTok and Instagram about his wine and etiquette lessons.

He is an international wine lecturer, writer and critc. He has taught WSET programs and other wine courses both in Canada and internationally in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan Argentina, France, Hungary and Italy.

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1.0 Introduction

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

IntroductionIntroduction Introduction It is one of the most flexible wine-growing countries in the world due to its vast size and huge range of climatic and geographical conditions. Generally, its southerly latitude influences the climate, but regional characteristics such as altitude and proximity to the oceans also play a significant role. The nation has also been [...]

2.0 History of Wine

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

History of WineSuggested VideoHistory of Wine History of Wine Captain Arthur Phillip disembarked at Sydney Cove in 1788, bringing from Brazil and the Cape of Good Hope the first grape vines in Australia This initial launch was the beginning of a booming wine industry that would sell more than 1 billion litres of wine to [...]

3.0 Geography

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

GeographySuggested VideoGeography Geography Australia is in Oceania. A large country, it is the 6th largest country in the world Australia has an area of 7,741,220 sq. km It's a little larger than the mainland of the United States It is the largest country in the Southern hemisphere and the largest country without land borders Australia [...]

4.0 Climate/Soil/Wine Regions

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

ClimateSoilRegionsSummary of main wine regions & main grape varietiesSuggested VideoClimate Climate Climate is at the forefront of every media, including newspapers, and is the most pressing concern. Its importance cannot be stressed enough. As climate has a major impact not only on a global scale that affects our lives, certainly we must understand how climate [...]

5.0 Grapes

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

GrapesSuggested VideoGrapes Grapes Red varieties: Shiraz Most widely-grown variety, between red and white varieties Hunter Valley's hot region, and Barossa Valley's warm region produce wines that are full-bodied and packed with fruity flavour Notes of spice, leather, and earthy Restrained styles are becoming more common, as winemakers control the level of extraction during the wine [...]

6.0 Cuisine

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

CuisineSuggested VideoCuisine Cuisine Until European settlement in the 18th century, Australian Aboriginal people lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle for thousands of years They became skilled in the Australian environment seeking food and water Emu, kangaroo, moths, lizards and snakes, as well as berries, roots and honey, were often included in this "bush tucker" diet Seafood was [...]

7.0 Pairings

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

IntroductionPairingsSuggested Wine List One Should Try In Their LifetimeIntroduction Introduction  In order to pair any meal with wine, you must know the local / regional culture and tradition of serving food. This is a universal rule and it would serve you well to consider; strange customs are like finding a rare diamond. Don't be offended, [...]

8.0 Culture & Etiquette

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Culture & EtiquetteBusiness Culture/Etiquette in AustraliaBusiness Culture/Etiquette in CanadaSuggested VideoCulture & Etiquette Culture & Etiquette Culture Australia's original population consisted of Aborigines as well as British and Irish Strong migration from Europe, especially from Greece, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, and Turkey, occurred after World War II This was in reaction to Australia's ambitious [...]

9.0 How to Read the Label/Bottling/Packaging of Australian Wines

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

How to Read the Label/Bottling/PackagingHow to Read the Label/Bottling/Packaging How to Read the Label / Bottling / Packaging Bottle Shapes The advent of glass for wine containers propelled the marketing, durability and commercialization of wine There are four main styles of wine bottles. They are: The Burgundy Bottle This is typically a 750ml bottle in [...]

9.0A – Wine Tasting Equipment and Tasting List

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

IntroductionWine Tasting EquipmentAPWASI Wine Tasting MethodologyWine Tasting ListIntroduction Congratulations on your decision to learn even more about different cultures and people through your wine studies with APWASI WINES OF AUSTRALIA. For some of you the wine adventure began with Wine Essentials I and then Wine essentials II. By now you are familiar and confident with [...]

10.0 Future

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

FutureSuggested VideoFuture Future Wines have been produced in Australia since the mid-1850s and have been distributed internationally The key wines produced during this period were fortified wines, and this continued well into the 1900s Only in the 1960s did economic growth in Australia bring a larger disposable income and a demand for quality wines Australians [...]

11.0 Summary

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

SummarySuggested VideoSummary Summary Australia is one of the few wine producers to make each main wine style, being such a large country with almost each type of climate and soil type, from full-bodied reds and rich, fruity whites, sparkling, dessert and fortified wines like Port and Muscat Shiraz is the variety that is most grown, [...]

12. Course Feedback

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Course Feedback Did you enjoy the content of the APWASI preview course? * YesNo 1. How would you rate the quality of this course? PoorAcceptableGoodVery GoodExcellentN/A 2. How did you find the course length & detail? ShortJust RightToo LongN/A 3. Were the course questions easy? EasyJust RightHardVery HardN/A 4. Would you recommend this course? YesNoN/A [...]

13. Final Exam

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Congratulations on your wonderful achievement of completing the course. The next step is to successfully pass the Final Examination. This examination is timed and there are 100 multiple choice questions with 65% being the pass mark. We strongly urge you, encourage you to study hard before you attempt to take the examination. Ensure you know […]