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Certificate Wine Course

Take an in-depth journey into South African wine with the Certificate Wine Course. Broaden your viticulture and winemaking knowledge, whilst learning about the industry, sparkling, sweet and dessert style wines, along with fortified wines and brandies.

Prior to taking this course, students must first complete and pass the exam for the South African Wine Course or the Front of House Course.


Course Overview
The Certificate Wine Course is made up of 7 two-and-a-half hour lectures, made up of theory and tutored tastings.

Lecture 1
» Tutored Wine Tasting

Lecture 2
» Viticulture. Seasons of the vine: how to establish a vineyard.
» Pests and diseases
» Wine Tasting and discussion

Lecture 3
» Viticulture. Wine growing areas of South Africa.
» Wine Tasting and discussion

Lecture 4
» Winemaking: from arrival at cellar till final product.
» Art of blending, wood treatments, innovations in winemaking.
» Wine Tasting and discussion

Lecture 5
» Brandy distilling. Process of production. Different styles
» Wine Tasting and discussion

Lecture 6
» Fortified Wines – Sherry, Port, Fortified Wines
» Wine Tasting and discussion

Lecture 7
» Sparkling Wines – methods of production, different styles
» Special & Noble Late Harvest wines – definition & different styles
» Wine Tasting and discussion

Before you start
Bring your wine tasting glasses from the South African Wine Course to each tasting.

Who should do the course?
Attendees of the South African Wine Course or Front of House Course graduates.

Course Duration
Correspendence course must be completed over a 2-week period. During this time there will be one wine tasting evening per week that must be attended in person.

The theory and tasting exams will be written on two seperate evenings approximately 2 weeks after course completion.


Course Materials
All lectures include wine tastings and course manuals.

Important Advisory
• Sovereign Selection promotes responsible use of alcohol.
• We recommend the use of spittoons supplied at the tastings, to reduce the excessive consumption of wine during the tastings.
• It is advisable to eat a meal before the start of each tasting class.
• Please don’t wear perfume or aftershave when attending the tasting classes – it affects everyone’s ability to smell the wine.

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