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 first 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 to 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 in 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.
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 addressed to anyone with familiar interests.
The 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 into 2 lessons while Module 2 is divided into 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 in 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, aging 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 aging of wine and, of course, how to enjoy it!
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