Introduction to Wine and Winemaking


Whether you're interested in a career in the wine industry or are just a devoted oenophile, you can take this unique course from anywhere in the world. Access top-quality, college-level course material in an interactive, web-based environment and gain exposure to an internationally recognized program and instructors, including industry experts and UC Davis faculty. Designed for individuals working in the wine industry and affiliated networks, as well as wine enthusiasts this course explores such topics as the history of wine, fundamentals of the winemaking process, wine and health issues, basic wine tasting, interpreting a wine label and wine-growing regions around the world. This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or as the first course in the Winemaking Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various sensory, analytical and legal criteria used for classification purposes
  • Identify key factors important for successful wine grape cultivation
  • Understand basic winemaking practices and source of some differences between different wine types
  • Recognize the main varieties and wine types as they relate to different countries of the world
  • Interpret the meaning of wine labels from different countries
  • Evaluate the historical, economic and climatic factors influencing development of the wine industry in the U.S. and the world as a whole
  • Distinguish the various sensory attributes commonly used in evaluating wine

Skills You Will Gain

  • Grape growing and winemaking fundamentals
  • Wine history
  • Wine classification
  • Interpreting a wine label
Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is an online course. It starts January 8, 2024 and ends March 25, 2024.  Access to your course will be available on the course’s start date.

Enrollment Policies

Refund Deadline: January 15, 2024. Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date
The refund processing fee is $65. View complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page.

Section Course Materials

The Wine Bible

Karen MacNeil
Workman Publishing