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EIT’s launches new viticulture and wine degree

July 9, 2019

Interaction with local wine growers will be a key part of the new degree.

From 2020 EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine will offer a new three-year degree providing comprehensive skills and knowledge in both viticulture and wine science.

The new Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science provides a strong science foundation with practical application and industry interaction in all three years. The degree focuses on both growing grapes and making wine, as well as the essential skills required once working in industry related to wine business i.e. people management and wine marketing. The latest research findings, industry technology and sustainability are key topics.

“Students will get an opportunity to make their own wine, work in a vineyard, complete a harvest internship, develop a wine palate and gain practical skills like tractor driving, first aid and forklift license”, says Sue Blackmore, head of school of Viticulture and Wine Science.

Students will be able to study courses full- or part-time on the Hawke’s Bay campus in Taradale or by distance using updated online learning and on-campus residential schools.

EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science offers New Zealand’s widest range of viticulture and wine science programmes. The modern learning environment includes the institute’s winery which processes grapes donated by local growers and those harvested from EIT’s own vineyard. The vineyard is organically managed and includes 20 different varieties of grapes. “EIT’s strong relationship with the local wine industry opens up opportunities for students to gain valuable industry connections and hands-on experience working in wineries and vineyards in the area,” stresses Sue Blackmore.