Wine | E-Learning University of Athens



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

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:


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.

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 questions. 

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

The e-learning programme is implemented via a user-friendly educational platform adjusted to the Distance Learning Principles. Programmes are structured as weekly online meetings; interaction with the programme tutor and other students takes place in a virtual learning environment. The programmes are designed to fit around your schedule; you access the programme whenever it is convenient for you.

The whole world becomes your classroom as e-learning can be done on laptops, tablets and phones – it is 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 classrooms based on modern distance learning technologies. The computer based nature of training means new technology is being introduced all the time to help students engage and learn in a tailored way that will meet their needs. Each e-classroom is similar to a traditional teaching classroom. Students have access to e-classrooms with their personal code number in order to browse  the teaching material, to being informed about the latest news/updates and interact with their instructors. Moreover, through own personal e-mail account through which they can contact directly their mentors or the administration office of the programme and share any concerns or anxieties related to the programme and make the most form their experience.

In each programme, learners submit the corresponding tests, within the deadline given by their instructors. Final mark fluctuates from 0 to 100%. The overall grade in each programme is calculated based on the student's marks on assessment exercises that follow each unit  while their instructor might also assign them with a final assessment at the end of the programme. Finally, if the total score on one or more lessons of the programme does not exceed 50%, students can ask for reassessment.

During the programme students will be attending lectures and group seminars presented by academics and speakers from the National University of Athens as well as from other Universities, Research Institutes and Cultural organizations around Greece. In addition, when you study with us, you have online access to first-class resources relevant to your programme – plus you can browse material in other subject areas.

Every week e-learners are provided with the relevant material , either  video-lectures or  typed notes and relevant resources or a combination of both. 

Interactivity, lower costs and our long experience guarantees that studying with us will offer a successful and rewarding experience. Finally, the access to a large variety of material and online resources available in each unit aims to excite your curiosity and guide you in studying further on your favourite topic will the online material which can be downloaded will give you the opportunity to quickly refresh your memory after the completion of the programme.