Sensory Masterclass Course

If you are looking to improve your ability to identify aromas and flavours in wine with real precision, and improve your tasting ability, then this course is for you.

This 2-day course covers 14 classic grape varietals and the flavour profiles associated with them. For each grape variety you will be provided with a selection of 3 to 5 perfume strips dipped in pure aromatic essences commonly associated with that grape.  For each perfume strip you will develop a technique for identifying the aromatic characters.

The grapes covered over the two days are:

We will then taste a total of 24 classic wines made from those grapes so you can learn to identify those aromas in the glass and improve your tasting ability. You will also learn about the classic regions associated with those grapes and how the styles vary by region. This is a fascinating opportunity to dramatically improve your ability to taste, describe and identify wines.

This Sensory Masterclass course is open to anyone and everyone looking to enhance their ability to identify aromas and flavours. These courses are appropriate and beneficial for all levels of wine knowledge whether this is your first wine class or you are preparing for a tasting examination.

Course description

During the two days of this course you will learn:

  • Techniques on how to personally develop your sense of smell
  • To identify over three dozen key aromas commonly found in wine by smelling pure essences
  • The traits of 14 classic grape varieties through in-depth analysis of the aromas, flavours and key regions
  • To identify aromas and flavours in the glass by tasting 24 wines to illustrate the above varietals
  • To improve your ability to describe wines
  • To increase your objectivity and precision to describe wines

Price: $599

Includes: All instruction, handouts, and a Fine Vintage certificate of completion. There is no examination at the end of this course. 

Course schedule: Commences each day at 9:30 am and finishes at 5:00 pm, with 1 hour for lunch.

Course content: The Sensory Masterclass course outline can be downloaded here.

View sample wine log:  Sensory Course

Materials: A summative guide on the art and science of olfaction will be sent to your email address after the course is completed.

Starter kit: If you have already taken a course from us please bring your starter kit of 6 ISO tasting glasses. If you don’t have one you will need to buy one when you register for $45 and you will collect it at the beginning of the class. The glasses are then yours to keep.

Registration Terms

When you register online, your credit card is charged a $100 deposit. The remaining payment for all fees will be automatically processed in full, 3 weeks prior to the course start date on the credit card provided.

The full course tuition (deposit plus remainder payment) is 100% non-refundable from the date you register. But your course fees are transferable as a credit to another course date, or to another person, once. This transfer request must be made in writing three weeks prior to the start of the 1st class. Transfer requests received after this time will not be accepted and you will forfeit your full payment.