Sparkling Wine Production

Continued Professional Development

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This course has a mixture of lectures, seminars, guided tastings and site visits, to bring knowledge and a detailed understanding of how viticultural and oenological decisions can affect the quality of sparkling wines produced with different techniques.

Topics covered:

  • An overview of different sparkling wine production methods ands styles (e.g. bottle fermented, tank fermented, carbonation, etc.)
  • Sparkling wine viticulture; site selection, varieties, culture methods, harvest
  • Sparkling winemaking; harvest criteria, fruit processing, first and second fermentations, malolactic fermentation, blendingageing and finishing, bottling, yeast autolysis, riddling & disgorging
  • The organoleptic evaluation of sparkling wines of different styles and regions

Course details

Dates & Location

Wednesday, 1:15 - 4:00pm

Week commencing: 29th January 2024 - 20th May 2024

Apply by: 19th January 2024


1 lesson per week for 14 weeks

UCAS Details

Completion of each course will equal to 15 UCAS points.

  • £1,250

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system)
  • GCSE English at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system)

The following qualifications are recommended prior to applying:

  • WSET Level 2 Award in Wines (Pass)
  • Level 3 qualification such as A Level (two subjects)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (MPP)
  • Access to HE in a related subject

We also consider applicants with relevant industry experience if over 21 years of age. 

Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS at 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing.

Applicants wishing to progress onto an undergraduate course would need to meet the minimum entry criteria for that specific course which typically includes a Level 3 qualification with UCAS Tariff points (56 points and above).

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