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The Australian Wine Research Institute

Advanced Wine Assessment Course


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The AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) is an intensive four-day course designed for participants with considerable formal wine tasting experience. It aims to prepare potential new wine show judges and develop the sensory analysis capabilities and the vocabulary of Australian wine industry personnel at an elite level.

The 32nd AWAC was held in November 2012, giving another 30 participants the opportunity to develop and test their sensory evaluation performance (959 participants have undertaken the course since its inception). This was the twentieth course presented under a four-day format, which includes approximately 40 hours of activities over the four days, and twelve leading wine show judges, journalists and winemakers assisted in the presentation of the course. A copy of the program from the 32nd course can be found here.

The aims of the course include:

  • Improving participants’ sensory skills
  • Providing training in the techniques and practices of wine show judging
  • Improving participants’ appreciation of world wine styles
  • Investigating and challenging the basis on which tasters make decisions on quality and preference
  • Providing statistical measurement of participants’ performance, with respect to:
    • discrimination
    • stability
    • reliability
  • Assisting in the development and use of a standardised vocabulary

The cost to participate in the course is $4,500 (including GST). Due to the extensive list of people interested in participating in the course, and if demand exceeds the number of available places, an allocation of places will be made using a ballot system. The AWRI does, however, reserve the right not to place applicants if it is considered they do not have sufficient formal wine tasting experience to enable them to participate fully in the course.


For more information on the AWAC or other Education activities please contact Industry Development and Support on (08) 8313 6600 or via email to, fax to (08) 8313 6621, or mail to Advanced Wine Assessment Course, The Australian Wine Research Institute, PO Box 197, Glen Osmond, SA, 5064, Australia.

Other extension activities can be found here. This page will be updated as dates are confirmed.