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Do you have an interest in wines and wonder why you like some better than others?

Do you want to learn about viniculture and viticulture and the sensory evaluation of wine?

Join us beginning January 2019 for Wine Appreciation!

Wine and grapes sitting on top of a barrel.

Meets Wednesdays, 4:35 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., January 9, 2019 - April 24, 2019 104 Keller Building on the Penn State University Park Campus

The course introduces students to viniculture and viticulture and the sensory evaluation of wine. It concentrates on the sensory elements of wine that make it a global economic and culture phenomenon with emphasis on Old World and New World traditions, food pairing, and trends in the wine business. It discusses the climates, topographies, and other natural conditions that make some regions more suited to certain wine cultivation than others and how these conditions are replicated around the world. It covers the important role wine plays in the delivery of dining experiences in both hospitality enterprises as well as retail and social experiences. The wine industry is replete with specific and technical vocabulary that when mastered enables participants to engage in wine activities knowledgeably and successfully, whether as a consumer, host or professional.

This class combines Penn State students taking the class for credit with adults from the community taking it for non-credit. Non-credits students have the option to test their learning each week with online quizzes.

Optional Field Trip Available: For those who want to learn more about wine’s journey from “vineyard to glass”, we will offer a Saturday trip to Penn State’s Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center as well as several vineyards in the Erie-Chautauqua region. This trip includes transportation, vineyard entrance fee and instruction. Meals will not be provided.

Fees and Registration:

Non-credit registration fees are:

$329 – PSU affiliated, without trip

$399 – PSU affiliated, with trip

$429 – General Public, without trip

$499 – General Public, with trip

To register click here.

Registration deadline is 11:59 pm, December 19, 2018. For registration after this date, contact Conferences and Institutes at 814-863-5100.

If you need to cancel your registration, please send your written request no later than December 19, 2018 by email to or fax to 814-863-5190. A $50 administrative fee will be charged for your cancellation.


Registration Questions? Contact Kelly Driftmier, program planner at 814-865-9202.

For program content questions, contact Donna Quadri-Felitti, PhD, Marvin Ashner Director and Associate Professor, School of Hospitality Management