Australia in the Wine World


Australia in the Wine World is offered as both an intensive (taught at the Dookie Campus) and as a semester-long subject (taught at Parkville).

Australia in the Wine World is a very popular subject and the Dookie availabilities of this subject have a limited number of places. Please refer to the subject handbook for further information.

This is a very intense and fast-paced subject – please be prepared to commit to the subject fully for this intensive week. Wine tasting is a compulsory requirement!

In intensive mode, each day will include 7-9 contact hours that you must attend, including two evening sessions. Additionally, you will be expected to complete extra reading out of class hours.

You should study the many readings on the LMS prior to the subject during the pre-teaching period in preparation so you become familiar with the terminology. Also, be aware that both the practical and theory exams are held on the final day of the intensive. You must also undertake two online quizzes in the weeks following the intensive teaching block.

Subject information

Teaching Dates

Please refer to the Handbook entries (linked above) for information on dates.


When you are enrolled, please be aware that the various LMS sites for the different offerings of this subject are all linked to one – so it may look like you are enrolled in the wrong session/level.

In order to confirm your enrolment, "Check my Enrolment" is an unofficial record of a student's subject enrolment details, including census dates. Students can access this statement via the 'Admin' tab in their Student Portal.

There are many readings on the LMS – please go through as much as you can prior to your intensive 5 day block.

The prescribed text is:

Puckette, Madeline & Hammack, Justin Wine Folly The Essential Guide to Wine. Penguin Publishing Group, US

Please note that this is an excellent overview of wine and a useful addition to any wine consumer's library. It is available from the University of Melbourne book store and widely available from all major booksellers. Limited number of this text will also be available at Dookie.

In addition we suggest you access a few of the following texts:

Recommended texts

  • Mitchell Beasley, London UK. Iland, P. and Gago, P. (1997). Australian Wine: from the Vine to the Glass. Patrick Iland Wine Promotions, Adelaide.
  • Johnson, H. and Robinson, J. (2001). The World Atlas of Wine. 5th Edition. Mitchell Beasley, London UK
  • Peynaud, E. (1987) The Taste of Wine. Macdonald Orbis, London.
  • Rankine, B. (1993) Making Good Wine. Sun Books. Crows Nest, NSW.
  • Robinson, J. et al (2006) Oxford Companion to Wine Third Edition Oxford University Press, Oxford UK.

The texts can be borrowed from the University Library or purchased from Melbourne University Bookshop or The Rural Store. The Rural Store stocks a wide selection of viticulture and oenology books.

Dookie Campus Accommodation

Due to the nature of the subject, it is recommended all students studying it stay on campus. Even though you will practice the "sip and spit" method of tasting, you will still absorb some alcohol via your nose and mouth.

Accommodation and catering is available at the Dookie campus. Single room accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner is approximately $450. Please email Jacinta Way to reserve your place in your selected session. Please be aware that if residential fees are not paid, your results will not be available until fees are paid.

Accommodation and catering is available only at the Dookie campus. Accommodation is single room with shared bathroom facilities. Single bed, desk and wardrobe in the room. Bathmat, pillow and pillow slip provided.

Please bring your own sheets, doona, sleeping bag, swag, bath towel, etc. Dookie is hotter than Melbourne in summer, and colder at night in winter, so please bring appropriate clothing, and maybe a fan for your room in the summer – and also insect repellent!

There is a welcome BBQ on the Sunday night beginning at 6.00pm – a great opportunity to meet your lecturers and fellow students.

We are able to cater for special dietary requirements: vegetarian, gluten free etc.

There is a pool on campus that is open during the summer months. We also have a gym, squash court, tennis courts and basketball court. There are no shops on or near the Dookie Campus and the schedule is such that you won't have time to get to nearby towns; so you should bring everything that you need for the five days: personal items, pain relievers in case you get a headache, cold and flu tablets if you feel you are getting sick, insect repellent in summer, etc.


Students are responsible for their own transport to and from the Dookie Campus.

The Dookie campus is a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne up the Hume Freeway. If you are not able to travel to Dookie by your own means, there is a public transport option. On the Sunday you will need to catch the 12:36pm train from Southern Cross station to Benalla. We will then collect you from the Benalla station at approximately 15:19. You will need to confirm with Jacinta that you will need collection from the station.