By Amy Looker, editor – National Liquor News

The University of Adelaide is set to launch a free online wine course through its School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

Wine101x is a massive open online course (MOOC) which runs for six weeks from Tuesday April 2 and is open to anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in wine.

Participants are tasked with making their own virtual wine, and also undertake wine tasting, learning how to evaluate wine appearance, aroma, flavour and taste.

Wine101x also features short videos from wine academics, interviews from world-renowned viticulturists and winemakers including Kelly Wellington from Wirra Wirra, Chris Hatcher from Wolf Blass, and Chester Osborn from d'Arenberg.

Osborn said sign-up to the course has been terrific and he’s impressed to see people being proactive when it comes to wine education.

“There is so much to know about and to enjoy when it comes to wine and food. Taste is one of the great joys of life, our most interesting sense that you can learn so much from and wine is such an intricate thing,” Osborn said.

“Once you catch the bug of understanding wine, you just want to learn more all the time. The fulfilment is enormous like appreciating great art. You’ve got smell, taste and length which is as encompassing, if not more so, than art or music."

For more information on Wine101x click here.

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