SA Wine & Winemaking (January)

The aim of this course is to teach students about and enhance their knowledge of the South African grape and wine industry. This course will include technical wine tasting workshops with award winning winemakers, visit to grape and wine producers, information on different industry initiatives by different industry organizations such as Wines of South Africa, WISE (the future path of the industry), as well as lectures by top academics about various aspects of the South African wine industry.

Topics that will be covered include, among others, an overview of the South African wine industry, the history of South African wine industry, innovation in the South African wine industry, Old Vines, climate change and how it impacts Viticulture in South Africa, soils of South Africa, GEM (Genotype Project Environment Management) as well as various oenological topics such as microbiome related aspects, malolactic bacteria, smoke taint, sensory science and micro oxygenation. There are a variety of cultivar associations that will be visited to gain insights into the production and wine styles reflecting the South African context such as Pinotage, Chenin, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and other interest groups.

Applicants for the South African Wine and Winemaking Program are required to have already studied a relevant subject such as agriculture, winemaking, soil science, etc.

Date of Programme: 4 January – 20 January 2021

Academic Weight: 3 US Credits / 6 ECTS Credits

Language: English


  • Minimum GPA Requirement of 2.8