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Interested in expanding your knowledge of wines? Whether you're an industry professional or simply a wine enthusiast, this hands-on course takes you on a journey through the winemaking process, from grape to glass. Learning from world-renowned industry experts from Cornell, you will learn to successfully identify the components of wine and how they affect perceptions before exploring your personal palate and conducting sensory evaluation, using sight, smell, taste, and touch. You will explore various wine growing techniques and analyze how geography and climate impact the grape. Finally, you will identify the correct service and storage approaches to use based on the type and style of wine.

This program is intended for use by persons of legal drinking ages under the relevant applicable laws where they reside. Students will need to purchase wine, sugar, and other items commonly found in grocery stores to participate in tasting exercises.

The wine industry in the Southern Hemisphere is part of the growing and dynamic "new world" wine industry. Southern Hemisphere wines include those based on the traditional international varieties as well as wines based on signature varietals you will only find in their respective countries.

In this course, you will explore the foundations of high-quality wines coming from five of the highest-volume wine-producing countries in the Southern Hemisphere: Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa. You will start with the consideration of the climate of these areas, remembering that Vitis vinifera is best grown between the 30th and 50th parallels of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. You will explore the grape varieties and wine styles associated with each of our countries of focus, and you will combine all that you discover to research a specific winery and wine from each country.

The following course is required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Wine Essentials

The Southern Hemisphere offers myriad wines to the world, and now you have the opportunity to experience these wines and share them with others.

During this course, you will be guided through the process of planning and hosting an event sharing the wines of the Southern Hemisphere. You will start by selecting wines for others to try, then research and plan what information to share about each wine. Finally, you will host your event and lead your guests in trying each wine and sharing their opinions about the experience. Through your work in preparing and hosting this event, you will deepen your understanding of Southern Hemisphere wines, perhaps find a few favorites to enjoy regularly, and hopefully be inspired to continue exploring the wines of the Southern Hemisphere.

The following courses are required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Wine Essentials
  • Foundations of Southern Hemisphere Wines

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I have always been passionate to voice the voice of the unheard and provide an opportunity to bring everyone to the table. This certificate gave me the experience, tools and skills to do so... It was exactly what I needed.
‐ Josiah E.
Josiah E.

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