Tasting courses


Celebrating 25 years of AWAC

Founded in 1992, the 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 AWAC is presented under a four-day format, which includes approximately 40 hours of activities over four days. Twelve leading wine show judges, journalists and winemakers assist in the presentation of the course.

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The aims of the course include:

  • providing training in the techniques and practices of wine show judging
  • investigating and challenging the criteria on which tasters make decisions on wine quality and preference
  • improving participants’ ability to communicate clearly and effectively with other judges and to justify their reasoning for allocating wines at different quality levels
  • improving participants’ appreciation and recognition of different wine styles, blends or regional character
  • providing a statistical evaluation of tasting performance with respect to:
    • discrimination – the degree to which wines of different quality levels are separated based on quality score
    • reliability – a measure of scoring consistency, or the ability of a judge to reproduce results on different tasting occasions
    • absolute average difference – a more straightforward measure of consistency – the average difference between scores given to wines on repeat tastings
    • stability – a measure of propensity to systematically score wines higher or lower on the second tasting relative to the first

The AWRI also offers themed tasting courses. Visit the AWRI events calendar for a full listing of upcoming events or contact the events team on 08 8313 6600 or events@awri.com.au.



2017 course dates

The next AWAC courses are:

AWAC 44: Monday 20 Nov – Thursday 23 Nov 2017
AWAC 45: May/June 2018 TBC

All Advanced Wine Assessment Courses are held at the Australian Wine Research Institute, Adelaide, South Australia

Registration for the AWAC is a two part process:

Part 1:  Register for the Course Ballot

Subscribing to this list will automatically enter you into the ballot for any AWAC courses.

Part 2:  Complete the online application form detailing your experience

This information will support your application and must be completed as part of  the AWAC application process.

Course fees

$4,760 (AUD) 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. By registering yourself for the Advanced Wine Assessment course, you will automatically be entered into the ballot for any AWAC courses held. 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.


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Contact details

Advanced Wine Assessment Course
The Australian Wine Research Institute
PO Box 197,Glen Osmond, SA, 5064, Australia.

Phone: (08) 8313 6600

Email: events@awri.com.au

Fax: (08) 8313 6601