The University of Adelaide is looking to introduce a hands-on distillery short course as well as one in brewing. The university has also flagged plans to more than double the size of its training winery, which is already the biggest of its kind in Australia. The expansion plan includes space for a distillery and a small brewery.

Professor of Oenology and Director of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production Vladimir Jiranek said the University of Adelaide’s winemaking degree touched on distilled beverages as an elective subject, however no other leading universities in Australia offer specific courses in distilling.

The existing winery, opened in 1996, has been the centrepiece of a wine hub that has about 150 researchers from the university and co-located partners in wine and grape science – about 70per cent of Australia’s total research capability.

Professor Jiranek commented, “We’ve never had a brewing facility so a small-scale brewery would be a real asset. It would help support what’s happening in the industry with the explosion of growth in craft breweries and cider producers around the place.”

People wanting to register interest in studying a short course in distilling or brewing at the University of Adelaide can email Professor Jiranek ([email protected]) or David Jeffery ([email protected]).