Oenology - Winemaking

Oenology - Winemaking

Course Code BHT258
Qualification Short Course
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 100 hours

Learn to make different types of wine, assess and analyse wine quality, investigate the chemistry and microorganisms involved in wine processing, and oversee the entire winemaking process.


Are you passionate about wine?

Combine science, horticulture, tourism and business skills and learn professional wine making today. With this brand new in-depth course in winemaking you will experience the joys of wine as you draw on experience and theory throughout the course. Connect with a tutor for personalised feedback. Put your heart into something you care about. Combine this course with others such as viticulture and business and start something new today.


  • Discuss the scope of winemaking and the set of characteristics.

  • Recognise the scientific processes of fermentation and simple control factors.

  • Investigate the practical tasks and required equipment needed for making wine.

  • Explain how yeasts and other flavour affecting factors can be managed to impact the final wine product.

  • Comprehend the scope of different wine types arising from various grape varieties and learn how they are classified.

  • Explain wine sensory science and how consumers interact with wines.

  • Explain unique processes used to make white and sparkling wines.

  • Investigate unique processes used to make red and rosé wines.

  • Explain how to make fortified wines and spirits.

  • Understand the importance of correct storage and how it prevent spoilage and enhances maturity.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Oenology

  1. Fermentation Science

  1. The Winemaking Process

  1. Factors affecting Grape Characteristics

  1. Wine Classification

  1. Sensory Science & Evaluation

  1. Production of White Wine and Sparkling Wines

  1. Production of Red Wines and Rosé Wines

  1. Production of Spirits

  1. Storage and Aging of Wines

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

What you will do:

  • Learn about enzymes in action through watching videos online.

  • Undertake a simple fermentation experiment at home using sugar (glucose) and yeast.

  • Examine the characteristics of those locally grown grape varieties (also known as cultivars) and two cultivars from further afield. Compare and contrast the information on the cultivars from both regions.

  • Go to an alcohol or wine retail shop or supermarket and read description of wines from different categories, e.g., light, full bodied etc. Recognise frequently used terms which describe wines from different categories.

  • Enjoy tasting a wine and identifying the notes mentioned on the label (optional activity).

  • Carry out a blind taste testing activity with friends.

  • Watch videos of colour extraction and identify which method is being used, its effectiveness and the popularity of the method.

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Finance options

If you are an Irish citizen you may be eligible to receive financial support, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are a resident of Ireland, you may also be eligible to receive a student grant under the Student Grant Scheme

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How will this course advance my career?

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  • All course materials are provided and all digital platforms are interactive, work on any device and designed to be fun.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning or Skills Recognition may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.