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Unofficially labeled one of Purdue's coolest courses, Wine Appreciation is now 100% online and available to purchase as a gift certificate. There are two options when purchasing a gift certificate. Option 1, mini wine tours where your recipient will choose which wine region they visit from the list of nine below. Option 2, purchasing the full Wine Appreciation certificate where your recipient will visit all nine regions. With either option, the Wine Appreciation course will allow your gift recipient to learn about wine from a true wine scientist and winemaker without intimidation and prerequisites.

Mini Virtual Wine Tours

Gift a mini-tour of one or more notable wine regions around the world. Each tour will cover wines from a particular region with wine tasting suggestions, as well as some of the history, scientific principles and practices of wine growing and making in the region. Learners will get to meet wine producers from their chosen region, some of them families that have been at it for generations.

Where your gift recipient goes is up to them:

Home to Purdue and a thriving local wine industry. Visit the state where the very first vineyards in the United States were planted and learn about the Indiana’s main growing areas, grape varieties and wine styles.

The U.S. West Coast, where many great American wines are crafted. Tour from the Central Valley to Napa and from the Willamette Valley to Walla-Walla, get a picture of why and how this region produces such a great variety of wines and come away with suggestions for tasting many of them.

Where wine has been produced for 3,000 years (Ancient Greece called it Œnotria, the land of vines). Travel to the foothills of the Alps, to the Piedmont, to Tuscany and more, and learn about some of Italia's “vini famosi” along the way – and why Italy is such an ideal place to make wine.

Champagne, Burgundy and Beaujolais. Learn about the historic appellations where the classic sparkling wine is produced along with some of the world's greatest white and red wines, including the unique winemaking style (carbonic maceration) for a special French winegrowing region, the Beaujolais in southern Burgundy.

Bordeaux and Alsace. Join the wine professor in exploring Bordeaux, perhaps the largest, most famous and most intimidating of all wine regions, as well as one of Europe's most distinguished cool-climate winegrowing areas (and France’s northernmost winegrowing outpost), the Alsace.

Europe's northernmost major winegrowing region, planted to vines since Roman times. Drift down the Rhine and up the Mosel rivers to explore Riesling's original home and explore the grape varieties, wine styles and other features of Germany’s wine-producing areas.

From the country with the most vineyards, Spain, to the home of Port wine, Portugal. Explore the vast Iberian Peninsula and some its most outstanding wine regions, including the Douro Valley in Portugal’s northern provinces, exclusive producer of authentic Port.

A trip to the Southern Hemisphere to two of the modern wine world's most influential regions. Discover the impact of climate change on global viticulture and find out what together makes these two the newest and most successful wine-producing countries in the “New World.”

A tour of Chile, Argentina and Peru, home to the oldest vineyards in the Americas. Follow that with a jump across the ocean to yet another vinous continent, Africa, featuring some of the most amazing scenery among winegrowing regions. Learn about the role ocean current plays for Chilean viticulture, the elevation differences in Argentina, the differences in the grape harvest in the Southern Hemisphere and the grape varieties unique to South America.

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Wine Appreciation Certificate

Or, gift the Wine Appreciation Certificate where your recipient will take a virtual trip to learn about more than 40 recommended regional wine styles, all the way from sparkling wines to dessert wines, with guided sensory evaluations in tasting sessions. Learners will study the history of global winegrowing, winemaking principles, and the economic and political impact of the wine industry as part of modern agriculture. Learners will visit notable wine regions from around the globe, including the U.S. West Coast, Indiana, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Topics Covered:

  • Wine History
  • Wine Sensory Evaluation
  • Wine & Health
  • Grape growing
  • Winemaking
  • Wine Etiquette

These self-paced courses take an “intimidation-free” approach to wine, which is to say the discussions revolve around gradually discovering aromas and flavors people can relate to – that hint of roses, black cherries, coconut or perhaps peaches – without taking away from the artisan, holistic approach many winemakers take when crafting their wines. Learners will purchase their own wines, suggested by a curated list, to better understand the different regions, varieties, styles, and production methods discussed in the course. The recommended textbook is Wine Appreciation by C.E. Butzke.

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About the Instructor

Christian Butzke

Professor of Enology
Department of Food Science

Dr. Butzke is a past-president of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture, an award-winning commercial winemaker, and has been chief judge of the Indy International, the largest scientifically organized wine competition in the U.S.

He is the editor of the technical book “Winemaking Problems Solved” for commercial winemakers, and author of the textbook “Wine Appreciation,” written for the over 6,500 students he has taught over the years, and of dozens of scientific and popular publications on wine production and quality.

Get to know Professor Butzke by his Wine Wednesdays with the Wine Professor YouTube channel.

Course At A Glance

Modality: Self-paced
Access: 6 months
Regions Available: Nine

  • Wine Appreciation Certificate (Visit all nine regions): $350
  • Mini Virtual Wine Tours: $59

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Once a gift certificate is received, you will receive an email within 1-2 business days.
This gift certificate is non-refundable.

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