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Wine diploma sparks interest

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Curtin University has increased semester one’s intake for the Graduate Diploma in Oenology, thanks to a growing interest in wine production across Australia.

Photo credit: Robert Paul Young.
Photo credit: Robert Paul Young.

The year 2015 “was a watershed year for Australian wine internationally” with the value of exports increasing 14 per cent to $2.1 billion, according to an export report prepared by Wine Australia, Australia’s statutory body for the grape and wine community,.

At the same time, a growing number of Australians are looking to join the wine industry, with Curtin University’s Graduate Diploma in Oenology, a one-year postgraduate course offered at the Margaret River Centre for Wine Excellence, experiencing strong interest.

The University has therefore decided to increase the number of available spaces in the course during semester one, which commences on February 29.

The diploma provides an understanding of practical wine production, beer production, distillation, sensory evaluation of wines, the principles and practices of viticulture and explores the relationship between grape and wine quality and wine marketing.

A highlight of the diploma is an intensive, 15-week wine production unit at a small-scale winery.

“The grad dip is designed to both introduce people to the industry as well as advance the skills of people already within the wine sector,” says course coordinator Dr David Kelly.

“While the course covers solid scientific and practical studies, it’s also broad enough to allow graduates to work in different areas of the wine industry, not just in traditional wine making.

“In the past, graduates with business and marketing degrees have used the course to gain employment in the industry from a business perspective.”

Wine Australia’s 2015 export report found that Margaret River was the second most valued wine-producing region in Australia, making it an ideal destination for prospective students.

For more information, view the course on the Curtin website.

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