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Certificate in New Zealand Wine

  • Short Course
  • Weekends Or Evenings
  • $395*
  • Micro Credential
  • NZQA Credits

The Certificate in New Zealand Wine provides a comprehensive introduction to wine regions, grape varieties and wine styles that have made New Zealand wines famous around the world.

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Certificate in New Zealand Wine

This programme provides a comprehensive introduction to wine regions, grape varieties and wine styles that have made New Zealand wines famous around the world.

It covers key grape varieties and explores the significance of geography, climate, environment, winemaking techniques and the vision of leading winemakers to establish New Zealand’s reputation for fine wines.

The textbook is the New Zealand Wine Guide, by Celia Hay, Director of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine. This book is included in the course fee.

Session 1

  • Leading international grape varieties and their origins 
  • Sensory Evaluation - understand aromas and flavours
  • Wine tasting techniques and term

Session 2

  • Climate and leading white grapes
  • Viticulture and the vineyard growing cycle
  • Regional maps and important white wine regions

Session 3

  • Wine making terms and basic process
  • Leading red grapes
  • Regional maps and important red wine regions

Session 4

  • Short history of New Zealand wine leaders
  • Sustainable winegrowing, organics
  • Basic wine faults
  • How to read a wine label

COVID-19 Online Study OptionNZ Wine Guide 2019 COVER Page 2

The Certificate in New Zealand Wine Part One now available for online delivery. This consists of the first 4 sessions. The Certificate in New Zealand Wine Advanced is available at our campus and consists of sessions 5 - 8.

Tasting Wine:  For the first 4 sessions, You can purchase the wine yourself or via our partnership with Glengarry Wines.

At registration, you will be asked if you would like NZSFW to organise your wine delivery. The cost is $295 for 11 bottles of wine which includes delivery cost to residential city addresses throughout New Zealand. Additional fees for rural delivery apply. 

You may like to get your bubble group together to participate in the course, allowing the cost of the wine to be shared. Each participant will need to enrol and pay the course fee to receive the qualification. 

Required Technology: The class is presented online via Google Hangouts Meet and the assessment is conducted using Google Docs. You will need a computer with a Google account and a good internet connection to participate. 

The sessions will be delivered over 4 evenings with Celia giving a live-streamed video presentation and tasting. The exam is a short, open book exam.

How to Enrol?

  • Please complete the enrolment form and email it to
  • NZSFW will generate an invoice that can be paid online by credit card or bank transfer. 
  • You will receive a copy of the New Zealand Wine Guide, that will be delivered to your home. You will get a digital workbook to take notes on.
  • This qualification is an NZQA Micro Credential and therefore we need to collect all the information in the enrolment form to process your enrolment. 

Certificate in New Zealand Wine (Advanced)

This course follows on from the programme above and explores in greater detail, through a series of comparative tastings, the depth and diversity of New Zealand’s artisan, organic red and white wines along with sweet and sparkling styles of wine.

The development of sound tasting skills and an understanding of wine and food pairing is the goal of this programme. 

With this new knowledge, candidates will improve and enhance the customer experience in their workplace and build a better understanding of this dynamic and growing sector of the New Zealand economy.

Session 5

  • Alternative white grapes: Albarino, Gruner Veltliner, Viognier
  • Natural Wine Movement
  • Evolving Styles of Sauvignon Blanc

Session 6

  • Alternative red grapes: Sangiovese, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
  • Pinot Noir styles around New Zealand
  • Wine Service  and Storage

Session 7

  • Sparking wines
  • Sweet wines with noble rot
  • Food and Wine Pairs

Session 8 - Exam

  • Evaluate Wine - Tasting Assessment
  • Food and Wine Pairs


You may continue with NZSFW to study for the WSET® Level 2 qualification and WSET® Level 3 (Advanced) Award.


Although a large number of general interest wine enthusiasts join this course it is also ideally suited for those working in or wanting to work in the hospitality, wine or beverage sectors.

Certificate in New Zealand Wine

Delivered Online: Mondays & Thursdays | 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • 17, 20, 24 & 27 Aug 2020
  • 5, 8, 12 & 15 Oct 2020

Certificate in New Zealand Wine (Advanced)

Delivered Onsite: Weekend Option | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

  • Dates to be confirmed


Page Updated: 13 Jul 2020