Understanding Wine Styles

CPD Short Specialised Course

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This module will introduce students to the key wine producing regions of the world, to their individual characteristics and to their differences. By the end of the module students will be able to recall and identify the practices influencing the principal wines of the world.

This module will include:

  • The key wine producing regions of the world.
  • The effect of key factors influencing the style, quality and price of the wines produced, including location, soil, climate and viticultural and vinification practice.
  • The legal requirements for the labelling of still, sparkling and fortified wines.
    How to taste and assess the quality of principal wines styles.

The outcomes of this module:

  • Display a knowledge and understanding of the principal wines of the world.
  • Identify the key factors influencing the production of the principal wines of the world and explain how these factors influence their style, quality and price.
  • Describe accurately the organoleptic characteristics of the principal wines of the world.

Course details

Dates & Location

Friday 13th September 2024 - Friday 17th January 2025

13:15 - 16:00


This course is delivered at Plumpton College one half day per week.

UCAS Details

Typically full time university students will study 120 credits per year. Please note, you can do up to 45 credits of CPD short courses per academic year. If you would like to do more you will need to register on one of our degree programmes, either full time or part time.

If you want to do one of these CPD short courses for upskilling, you can apply today. If you would like to gain credit with the intention of later studying the full degree, please speak a member of our admissions team (enquiries@plumpton.ac.uk / 01273 890 454) first to ensure you meet the full course entry criteria. 

If you apply for interest upskilling only and don’t want to earn UCAS point and work towards the Plumpton Diploma, make your payment today. Alternatively, if you do want to work towards UCAS points and the Plumpton Diploma please check entry requirements before you pay and tick the box for working towards UCAS points.


Each semester costs £1,250 plus £110 material fees.

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