Wineskills & Sensory Training - Identifying and Managing Wine Faults

One day course

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What are the common wine faults, how are they identified, what are their causes and how are they corrected?

Course content

WineGB’s Training and Education survey ranked sensory evaluation within the top training needs, reflecting the increasing number of English and Welsh wines entering the market.

It is invaluable to be able to spot wine faults and understand why they occur.

This course will bring you the theory of specific wine faults, including a practical application through a tutored tasting.

You will examine faults and their underlying causes, as well as learning the winemaking techniques, and/or storage conditions, to prevent and correct the faults


Learn to identify faults and taints, and their underlying causes in wines. 

Apply these skills to a winetasting guided by professional winemaker and wine lecturer, Sarah Midgley.


By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe off flavours and aromas in wine
  • Define specific faults in wine including: Brettanomyces, volatile acidity, light strike, TCA, reduction and oxidation 
  • Understand the underlying causes of common wine faults
  • Suggest preventative measures against common wine faults
  • Recommend corrective actions for faulty wines
  • Assess finished wines for faults

Course details

Dates & Location

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9:00 – 16:15



Entry Requirements

Over 18 years old 

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