World-class viticulture and wine science
Located in the most diverse winemaking district in New Zealand, EIT offers a newly updated degree in both viticulture and wine science. You will discover everything about what makes grapes grow and how wine is made.
You will learn about grape varieties, the soils, and environments they are best suited to, and the science and art involved in turning them into one of New Zealand’s most famous exports.
With EIT’s flexible study approach you can study the Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science degree either full-time on-campus or part-time via distance learning. There has never been a better time or place to discover the intriguing world of wine.
Outline and Study Options
EIT has been educating quality graduates to enter the wine and viticulture industry for over twenty years.
The Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science (BVWSci) is a three year degree which will give you comprehensive skills and knowledge in both Viticulture and Wine Science. You will learn about grape varieties, the soils, and environments they are best suited to, and the science and art of winemaking involved in turning them into one of New Zealand’s most famous exports.
Located in the most diverse winemaking district in New Zealand, EIT offers the opportunity of world-class study immersed in the local vibrant, diverse Hawke’s Bay wine industry.
The degree provides a strong science foundation with practical application and industry interaction in all three years. There is an in-depth focus on growing grapes and making wine, as well as the essential business skills required once working in industry related to people management and wine marketing.
The latest research, industry technology and relevant issues related to sustainability are key topics. You will get an opportunity to make your 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 within the degree structure.
You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff either in person or by phone and to view our facilities.
On Campus Study
Career Opportunities and Outcomes
Graduating with a degree in Viticulture and Wine Science from EIT opens up many career pathways for a future in the grape growing (viticulture) and winemaking (wine science) industries at a technical, supervisory or management level. Careers such as:
- vineyard manager, viticultural contractor, research and development, owner/operator of a winery/vineyard, wine/viticulture educator or a grower liaison position
- winemaker, assistant winemaker, manager in wine, brewing or food industries, research and development or as a wine/viticulture educator
This degree programme provides a foundation for on-going learning:
- Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology
- Master of Wine Business and Innovation
There are two entry dates per year:
- Monday, 31 January 2022
- Monday, 18 July 2022
Courses in the programme that involve practical or off-campus experiential learning are listed below:
- WINE5.04 Fundamentals of Wine
- VIT5.07 Viticulture in the Field
- WINE6.03 Winegrowing Industry Experience
- RESE7.04 Research Project
- VITI7.04 Vine Health
- VITI7.06 Flavour Farming
- Four (4) day excursion to Marlborough and Nelson
All off-campus experiential learning will follow EIT Hawke’s Bay’s Off-Campus Experiential Learning policy.
International Entry Requirements
EIT student on the way to success as a winemaker
“What pulled me into Hawke’s Bay was the fact that there are a lot more variation and varietals here.” She knows she has made the right choice, with lecturers who “go out of their way to ensure that you are having an enjoyable experience” and to offer extra help.
Jordyn Harper, Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science (BVWSci) Graduate
EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels. Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study. Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.
You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally. Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call in for a chat.