Wine in spain: History and Wine Tasting
Universidad de Sevilla
Area of Study
History, Spanish Culture
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Wine has long been part of human society and today is an important part of
Spanish culture. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine.
Students will meet the main Spanish wine regions and grapes, they will learn how to
store and serve wine effectively, and explore different wines through sight, smell, and
taste, and the principles of food and wine pairings. This course also covers a variety of
topics related to the Spanish wine industry, from wine styles and winegrowing areas
to sustainable production and tourism.
The syllabus will be developed in the most balanced way according to its
extension (45 hours), combining Theoretical Classes with support of audiovisual
material, and Practical Classes savoring different Spanish wines to better understand
the stages of wine tasting.
The program has been structured in six modules:
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF WINE
Etymology. History of wine. History of Spanish wine.
2. FROM SOIL TO GRAPE
The vine and the vineyard. Geography and climate. Classification of Spanish wines and
3. FROM GRAPE TO BOTTLE
Wine grapes (Spanish varietals). Types of wines (Variants). Wine production methods
4. FROM BOTTLE TO GLASS
Packaging (the bottle and the cork). Storage (Wine cellars). Wine accessories (bottle
opener, vacuum wine saver, decanter, wine glass...)
5. FROM GLASS TO MOUTH
Wine tasting. Food and wine pairing. Health effects of wine.
6. WINE TODAY AND TOMORROW
Professions in the wine industry. Production and consumption. Marketing and wine
tourism in Spain.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.