If you want a hands-on role in a vineyard or winery then this certificate is the perfect place to start. You’ll gain a sound base of theory alongside valuable practical skills, setting you on a path to tending the vines and working in the cellar.
This Hawke’s Bay programme will be delivered in the on-campus teaching and research winery and vineyard. You’ll make wine and participate in practical vineyard operations on-campus as well as in a variety of commercial vineyards and wineries throughout the region.
Angela Beattie, Graduate Diploma in Oenology
Graduating as an EIT valedictorian is going to make Thursday (20 March) a doubly special day for fledgling winemaker Angela Beattie.
“I was surprised and honoured to be asked,” the 26-year-old says of representing fellow graduates at the traditional ceremony being staged this year at Napier’s Municipal Theatre.
Angela, who will be capped with a Graduate Diploma in Oenology and a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture, left Marlborough Girls’ High School not really knowing what direction she wanted to take. She still felt unsure after completing a Bachelor of Science (Geography).
Wine science lecturer Ken Sanderson is programme coordinator for the Diploma in Wine Marketing and the Graduate Diploma in Business, delivering wine business management courses.
Ken’s industry experience includes making wine for Bradshaw Winery and Crossroads winery, cellarhand work for Villa Maria Wines and Montana Wines, laboratory work for Lion Breweries and working vintages for Corbans winery in Napier and in France, Spain, Italy and Germany.
Fantastic scholarships and awards are available for our students.
Bragato Exchange Scholarship
Hawkes Bay A & P Society Young Vintners Award
The general laboratories, which cater for up to 60 students at any one time, are fully equipped for all sciences including wine science. Adacent 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 promotion video clip from Villa Maria features EIT Nick Picone and Ollie Powrie, senior winemaker and viticulturist respectively for Villa Maria and EIT graduates!
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