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Certificate in New Zealand Wine (Foundation)

  • From 2 Days
  • NZ$255*
  • Monthly
  • Online or On Campus
  • NZQA Credits
  • Micro-credential

This NZQA approved Micro-credential course begins the journey to develop your palate and learn about the key grape varieties and wine regions that have built New Zealand's international reputation for fine wines.


The Certificate in New Zealand Wine (Foundation) is available for Online Interactive delivery for NZ$255 for Domestic Students + NZ$300 for Wine Delivery. Please see below for our Online Interactive study requirements.


This programme provides an introduction to wine regions, grape varieties and wine styles that have made New Zealand wines famous around the world.

It covers key grape varieties and explores the significance of geography, climate, environment, winemaking techniques and the vision of leading winemakers to establish New Zealand's reputation for fine wines.

The textbook is the New Zealand Wine Guide, by Celia Hay, Director of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine. This book is included in the course fee.

The New Zealand Wine Guide 2nd edition is the Winner of the Gourmand Awards national competition for New Zealand for Wine Tourism and Wine Photography.

The Certificate in New Zealand Wine (Advanced) is available at our campus and consists of sessions 5 - 8.

Online Interactive - Glengarry Tasting Pack

The sessions will be delivered over 4 evenings with Celia giving a live-streamed video presentation and tasting. The exam consists of a short, open book assessment.

For Online Interactive study, students need to:

  • Register for the course via our online enrolment system and pay your course fees.
  • Purchase your Wine tasting pack separately via our partnership with Glengarry
    • Cost: NZ$300.00 (including GST)
    • Additional fees for delivery may apply.
    • 10 Bottles of 750ml wine.
    • Nationwide Delivery Timeframe: We recommend allowing 4 business days to ensure the wine arrives before the class starts. However, we expect delays due to the curent environment and at a stretch, you can participate in the first session without the wine. 

You may like to get a group together to participate in the course, allowing the cost of the wine to be shared. Each participant will need to enrol and pay the course fee to receive the qualification.

Required Technology: The class is presented online via Google Meet and the assessment is conducted using Google Docs. You will need a computer with a Google account and a good internet connection to participate.


Although a large number of general interest wine enthusiasts join this course it is also ideally suited for those working in or wanting to work in the hospitality, wine or beverage sectors.

Student Loans Available with Level 5 Programme

Students can gain multiple WSET qualifications as a package by enroling in the NZ Certificate in Professional Wine Knowledge, Level 5. New Zealand students may be eligible for student loans or Fees Free Study for the Level 5 programme. 

Click here to find out more. 


This course is the first module in our wine study pathway. For more knowledge and training, students are recommended to follow on this course with one of the following programmes:

Page Updated: 18 Oct 2023

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Session Dates

Course times vary.


Click on the date above and this will redirect you to the enrolment form, where you can pay online.

Registration Deadline

Registrations close 7 days before the course starts. Late registrations may be available, please enrol and contact us regarding any late registrations. 

About Micro-Credentials

Micro Credentials are short programmes that are approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

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