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Wine

Wine

Wine is part of the Greek cultural heritage, its production and the accompanying tradition exists for more than 4.000 years!In Greek mythology, we find the Olympian Gods that rule Cosmos. One out of twelve is Dionysus who is identified as the God of revelry and wine, also known as Bacchus. Furthermore, Greeks had many philosophical quotes regarding wine. Plato believed that “wine fills the heart with courage” and Euripides that “where there is no wine there is no love”.

In this online course you will learn about the cultural history of wine and how it was firstly produced. You will also have the chance to learn the secrets and techniques you need to use in order to make your own wine. Further on, the course extends to the nutritional value of wine, how it can be combined and mixed with food and how beneficial it can be for your health. This course applies perfectly for anyone who would love to learn all the historical details and myths related to that divine product.

Lastly, the course focuses on the purposes of wine production, either as a source of inspiration or as financial assistance. The inspirational part is somehow combined with culture and religion, as it is depicted on works of art like paintings, sculptures and ceramics. All of the above will be analyzed further and in detail in this online course part of the Arts and Culture category. After successfully completing the lessons, the participant will receive a training certificate.

 

Assistant Professor of Enology
Assistant Professor of Food Chemistry
Author

Welcome to everyone! I would like to introduce myself, my name is Georgios Kotseridis and I'm professor of Oenology. I will present the e-learning programme of Wine. The programme called Wine is scheduled in order to answer to some questions such as what was the role of wine in Ancient Greece, how is wine evaluated by tasting, how can we match wine with food, is wine important for our health and how can we make our own wine. The programme consists of two modules. Module 1 is dedicated on the cultural history of wine and Module 2 is dedicated on how can you make your own wine. So, on Module 1, the first lesson will be an exciting journey in time with Greek wine. With the culture and wine production have a long long history in Greece, longer than that of any other country in the world. For example, the oldest wine press in the world was found in Crete island, in the Vathipetro village, that was built around 1550 bc. The second lesson, the influence of wine to Greek culture and the religion will be analyzed. Greek wine culture was depicted on numerous works of art such as paintings, sculptures and ceramics. In fact, wine has been a driving force behind intellectual culture, as a source of inspiration or financial assistance. Then, on Module 2, the purpose is to learn about wine and the secrets needed to make and enjoy your own wine. On lesson 1, we'll learn how to taste the wine using our senses, we'll focus on the characteristics of the wine, which are evaluated during the wine tasting. We will also learn about the categories of Greek wines through the Greek viticultural areas. In the second lesson, we will discover the fantastic world of food and wine combinations, matching food and wine. Also, the benefits of the grape and wine for health and we will discover what ‘means contains sulfites' on the label. Finally, on the third lesson we'll learn how to produce, to age and enjoy the wine, so you can become a wine maker who wants to assist in this programme. Thank you very much, join us and enjoy!

The course is addressing anyone interests in wine, its history and its cultural dimension. Lectures on different varieties of wine as well as on its production and tasting  are also adrressed to anyone with familiar interests.

Wine has been greatly valued since antiquity and has played a major role in Christian religion and worship. Today, it is evaluated by experienced tasters. It can considerably enhance our meal and protect our health. And even if something goes wrong during winemaking, it can be fixed very easily. 

This programme aims to familiarize the student with:  
-    The history of wine 
-    Importance of vine and wine for the Christian religion 
-    The wine characteristics assessed when testing 
-    The main categories of Greek wines 
-    How harmoniously combine wine with food 
-    What is the effect of wine on health 
-    How to make, how to drink and how the wine is aged 

Anyone interested in the above topics is considered as a potential student.

The programme consists of 2 modules. Module 1 is divided in 2 lessons while Module 2 is divided in 2 as follows:

MODULE 1  
A CULTURAL HISTORY OF WINE

Lesson 1 History 
In this lesson, we will make an exciting journey in time with Greek wine as our guide. Viticulture and wine production have a long history in Greece, longer than that of any other country in the world, and their origins are lost in the mists of time. These activities began thousands of years ago, in the prehistoric period, and have continued to the present day.

Lesson 2 Wine and Greek culture 
In the second lesson, we will have the opportunity to explore the influence of wine and its links to Greek culture and religion. Meanwhile, we will discuss how Greek wine culture was depicted on numerous works of art such as paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. It is no exaggeration to say that wine has been a driving force behind intellectual culture, as it provided either a source of inspiration or financial assistance.

MODULE 2  
HOW I CAN MAKE MY OWN WINE AND BIG SECRETS IN ORDER TO ENJOY IT
The purpose of the module is to learn about wine and the secrets needed in order to be able to make and enjoy our own special and definitely unique wine.

Lesson 1 Let's get to know each other better 
In the first lesson we get to know the organoleptic testing of wine and the characteristics thereof, which are evaluated during the tasting. Furthermore, we familiarize ourselves with the categories of Greek wines and  we are guided through the Greek viticultural areas. Moreover, we discover the magical world of food and wine combinations, as well as the countless benefits of the grape and wine for health. Finally, we discover what sulphur is, which is mentioned on the label of wine and is an ingredient thereof.

Lesson 2  Production, ageing and... drinking
Lastly, we become winegrowers, since it is something very easy whose results can make us really proud! We learn what equipment is needed to make our own wine and how winemaking is taking place, depending on the color of the wine. We discover the secrets of the preservation and the ageing of wine and, of course, how to enjoy it!

 

Assessment methods will be based on  a mixture of open and closed type exercises. 

Online and distance training learning at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens offers a new way of combining innovative learning and training techniques with interaction with your tutor and fellow trainees from around the world.

The e-learning course is implemented via a user-friendly educational platform adjusted to the Distance Learning Principles. Courses are structured as weekly online meetings; interaction with the course tutor and other trainees takes place in a digital learning environment. The courses are designed to fit around your schedule; you access the course whenever it is convenient for you, however within the given deadlines.

The whole world becomes your classroom as e-learning can be done on laptops, tablets and phones as a very mobile method. Learning can be done on the train, on a plane or even during your trip to Greece!

The educational platform is a portal that offers access to electronic educational material based on modern distance learning technologies. The computer based nature of training means new technology is being introduced all the time to help trainees engage and learn in a tailored way that will meet their needs. E-learners have access to the educational platform with their personal code number in order to browse all relevant training material and interact with their instructors.

Moreover, an online communication system through own personal e-mail account is available in order to make the process easier and more interactive. Trainees can contact directly their tutors or the administration office of the course and share any concerns or anxieties related to the course in order to make the most of their experience.

Every week e-learners are provided with the relevant material, delivered either in the form of video-lectures, text notes and relevant presentations or as a combination of them. The educational material of the course is uploaded gradually, per educational unit. During the course, important info for the smooth conduct of the educational process, such as timetables for the submission of the exercises are announced on the Announcement section of the platform.

For successful completion of the course the e-learner should have fulfill her/his academic obligations, meaning should have submitted all corresponding assessment exercises and have achieved at least an average of 50% grade in the corresponding tests for each module. The score scale ranges from 0 to 100%. Finally, if the total score on one or more lessons of the course does not exceed 50%, trainees can ask for reassessment.

During the course trainees will be attending a training experience designed by academics and lecturers from the National University of Athens as well as from other Universities, Research Institutes and Cultural organizations around Greece.

Interactivity, flexibility and our long tradition guarantee that learning with us offers a successful and rewarding experience. Finally, access to a large variety of material and online resources available in each unit aims to excite your curiosity and guide you in exploring further your favourite topic. Part of the online material can be downloaded providing the chance to quickly refresh your memory after the completion of the course.