Wine and Viticulture

Study on-campus or by distance with the Centre of  Viticulture and Wine at EIT, which is situated in New Zealand’s premium wine regions.  Select from the widest range of winemaking and grapegrowing programmes offered in Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.

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Diploma in Grapegrowing and Winemaking

This diploma paves a pathway to a future in grapegrowing and winemaking.  It is designed to provide expertise in technical, scientific and managerial areas of these industries, so graduates can look forward to successes making great wine.

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Braden Crosby

Braden Crosby, Student

New Zealand’s Young Viticulturist of the Year Braden Crosby leads a busy life – making wine and running the vineyard for a Wairarapa wine company while studying the Bachelor of Wine Science by distance through EIT in Hawke’s Bay.

“I’ve found the distance study good,” he says. “Part of the reason I’ve taken it on is the challenge. You spend the day at work and come home and do things but they’re not mentally stimulating enough.

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Petra King

Dr Petra King

My research has been selected after consultation with the local wine industry.  Emphasis has been given to studying the role of vineyard variability on grape composition and wine quality for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah cultivars. Major conclusions from the research have important practical applications to the New Zealand wine industry.

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Fantastic scholarships and awards are available for our students.

Bragato Exchange Scholarship
Hawkes Bay A & P Society Young Vintners Award
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The general laboratories, which cater for up to 60 students at any one time, are fully equipped for all sciences including wine science.  Adjacent to these is the specialise wine sensory laboratory and an instrument laboratory that is equipped for advanced chemical analyses.

We also have a demonstration vineyard which is sited adjacent to the winery.

This video clip features Yvonne Lorkin, from the Thirsty Work TV series who spends a day at EIT with our winemaking students and lecturers.

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