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Halliday Wine Academy: Fundamentals of Wine in-person education course

By Halliday Wine Companion

Bookings are now open for our in-person Fundamentals of Wine education course. If you're in Melbourne, elevate your wine knowledge across a series of four weekly sessions.

Please note, this course is currently in progress and enrolments are closed. If you are interested in future in-person wine education courses please complete this form


If you're looking to learn about wine in a relaxed and informative setting, now's your chance. We're bringing our four week in-person education course to Melbourne.

What is the Fundamentals of Wine course?

Our Fundamentals of Wine in-person course includes one two-hour session per week for four weeks.

Our aim is to empower you with an in-depth understanding of the Australian wine landscape. We'll cover topics such as how wine is made, how to describe wine, how to approach food and wine matching and additional handy tips that address common wine questions.

Each week you'll be taken through course materials and a selection of highly rated wines.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed with the beginner in mind, but it will also appeal to those more advanced in their wine journey.

  • Wine lovers at all stages who are wanting to grow or consolidate their knowledge
  • Individuals looking for a wine appreciation course that cuts out the jargon
  • Friends and family looking to get together for a unique group learning experience
  • Hobbyists looking to grow their circle of wine lovers – start connecting with like-minded enthusiasts


    What you'll learn

    The course is broken up into four two-hour sessions throughout the month. Topics covered include:

    Week one

  • Course introduction
  • Grapes and Vineyards
  • Learning to taste wine
  • Australian wine regions
  • Week two

  • Harvesting grapes
  • Winemaking for white wines
  • Classic regional styles – body and terroir
  • Week three

  • Red wine
  • Red winemaking
  • Classic regional styles – body and terroir
  • Week four

  • Sparkling wine
  • Amber and rose wine
  • Food and wine pairing
  • What our students are saying

    We received an overwhelmingly positive response from our first intake in May 2023.
    Some of our students had this to say:

    "I thoroughly enjoyed this wine course more so than other wine courses that I have done in the past."

    "Overall, a very good online education program. Beneficial not only to beginners but the more experienced."

    "...very well put together, inspiring and informative."

    "Even as a long time wine enthusiast I learnt more about wine than I expected and will become more adventurous in my selections in future."

    Book your spot for the course below.

    Are you from another state, or unable to attend in October? Register your interest here for future courses.

    Jane Faulkner

    Jane Faulkner

    About your host

    Jane is a journalist by training and wine writer by vocation. A long-time contributor and columnist for Halliday magazine, she has been reviewing for the Companion since 2016. Respected for her honesty and fairness yet rigour and independence in her writing and tasting, Jane is constantly honing those skills. She started her career in newspapers, later working at The Age/The Sydney Morning Herald, and also in TV and radio. She is a sought-after wine judge, locally and internationally, and chairs numerous shows.

    Event details

    Where: Handpicked Wines Cellar Door | 80 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

    When: 7 May / 14 May / 21 May / 28 May 2024

    Time: 6pm to 8pm

    Tickets: $760 + BF

    With thanks to our sponsors


    Are you from another state? Our in-person education is coming to a major city near you. Register your interest here.

    Looking to learn at your own pace? Enrol now in our Introduction to Wine online course and take your wine knowledge to the next level.

    Terms and conditions

    Cancellations of confirmed bookings are accepted up to 14 working days prior to the start of the course. An administration fee of 25% of the total booking fee will be deducted and the rest will be refunded to the payee. Cancellations within 14 days of the start of the course are non-refundable. We do not offer refunds on cancellations of individual sessions prior to or upon commencement of the course.