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Wine Fundamentals

Wine Fundamentals


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Full course description

Course Rationale

The Wine Fundamentals course tailored for the safari and lodge industry aims to impart learners with crucial knowledge and skills specific to wine, catering to the unique hospitality needs of this setting. It begins with an overview of wine fundamentals, covering terminology and the role of wine in guest experiences. The course explores the winemaking journey from grapes to the final product, discussing factors influencing wine characteristics. Learners will also understand wine storage, equipment, and inventory care. The module places emphasis on product knowledge, guest service, and wine selection and presentation, enabling participants to elevate safari and lodge wine service standards and enhance guest satisfaction.


Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehend the foundational principles of wine, its production, and its various components. 
  • Trace the journey of grapes from the vineyard to the final bottled product. 
  • Recognize the significance of terroir and its influence on wine flavour and character. 
  • Differentiate between essential wine storage techniques and identify the appropriate equipment for optimal wine preservation. 
  • Gain product knowledge on a variety of wines, understanding their regions, grape varietals, and distinctive features. 
  • Master the nuances of delivering exceptional guest service in the safari lodge setting, with a focus on wine recommendations and presentations.


Topics Covered

  • Introduction to wine fundamentals
  • Grapes to wine
  • Wine storage and equipment
  • Product knowledge and guest service


By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the fundamental concepts surrounding wine, from its production to its consumption. 
  • Explain the transformation of grapes into wine, detailing the winemaking process. 
  • Implement best practices in wine storage, ensuring the longevity and maintenance of wine quality. 
  • Efficiently select and use equipment tailored for wine preservation and presentation. 
  • Recommend wines to guests based on a thorough understanding of the product's origin, grape type, and flavour profile. 
  • Enhance guest experiences in a safari lodge setting, using informed wine suggestions and exceptional service techniques.