Introduction to Wine

Short Course
Four weeks in-person / Six weeks online / One night per week
Validated by
Griffith College
Part-Time / Online
Dublin City Centre
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Course Overview

Learn the ins and outs of wine theory and tasting.

This certificate is suited to those who wish to increase their knowledge for professional development purposes or those who would like to enhance their personal knowledge.


Do you know your Malbec from your Merlot? The old-world wines from the new? And where is it they grow the best chardonnay, again? Whether you're working in hospitality or just want to order confidently from a wine menu, this course will give you the knowledge you need to embark upon your study of wines. 

Why study Wine Tasting with Griffith College?

Over four weeks, you'll embark on a global tour of wine production and styles. This course, as offered by Griffith, sets you up for success at every step of the way, with an emphasis on classes that allow you to feel right at home and a tutor who ensures the information is accessible.  

  • Offered at the new City Centre location
  • Taught by a highly skilled and approachable tutor, elevating classroom atmosphere
  • Excellent course notes provided, preparing learners for real-world experience
  • Taught in a small intimate setting, allowing learners to build relationships with peers and faculty.

Intake Dates


Intake dates for this course:

  • January
  • April
  • July 
  • October


*subject to sufficient numbers

Course Details



  • How fermentation works and other factors impacting viticulture
  • Main international grape varieties and the differences among them
  • Main wine regions in France, their specific characteristics and the grapes they grow


  • Following “The Systematic Approach to Tasting” the class will try 4/5 benchmark French wines so that students have a perfect example of that grape and region and have the tools to identify them



  • How the main styles of wine are made – red, white, sparkling and fortified wine, the impact of weather
  • Main wine regions in Spain and Portugal, their specific characteristics and their grapes


  • The class will try 4/5 classic wines, with an explanation of wines produced there now and how the wine trade has changed in recent decades


  • Learn how to read labels – what is important and what is not
  • Reading the wine list in a restaurant
  • The impact of Global Warming on the “Wine Map”
  • Italy, Austria, Germany – their specific characteristics and the grapes they grow


  • 4/5 wines from main regions of the above with special attention to indigenous varieties


  • Organic and sustainable winemaking and viticulture
  • New World v Old World
  • Main regions of Australia, Chile, California, South Africa and Argentina


  • 4/5 wines from these regions and how they relate to the same styles of wine from the “Old World”



The course will be held in the evenings, once per week.

Online classes will commence in mid January and will run as follows:

10 January 18.30 - 20.00

Every Monday thereafter for five weeks. (6 weeks total).


Face to face classes will commence at the end of February, and run as follows:

28 February 18.30 - 21.00

Every Monday thereafter for three weeks. (4 weeks total).

How to Apply

You can apply for this course directly using Griffith College City Centre’s online application form.



Fee: €180 for online - inclusive of samples of wine

€180 for part-time (in-person) - inclusive of samples of wine



What career paths could I have?

Upon completion, this programme is the perfect foundation for participants who wish to progress in the hospitality and retail sectors.

Ready to take the next step?