Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


1 year full-time (on-campus), 2 years part-time (distance)


Level 7

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World-class Viticulture and Wine Science

Located in Hawke’s Bay, the most diverse winemaking region in New Zealand, EIT offers two wine-industry relevant graduate diplomas in viticulture and winemaking. Both programmes can be completed either on-campus in one year or online (with relevant residential schools) in two years.

These intensive Graduate Diplomas enable graduates to be industry ready and fast track a career change in two years. To qualify to enter you need a previous degree, preferably but not exclusively in Science. The study programme builds on your prior knowledge from your degree study, emphasising the specific scientific, technical and managerial aspects of grapegrowing and winemaking.

These are the only Graduate Diplomas in Viticulture Science and Wine Science available online in NZ.


The Graduate Diploma in Viticulture Science is designed for those who want to pursue careers as a viticulturist, vineyard contractor, owner/operator of a vineyard, technical consultant, grower liaison and as a researcher.  This qualification provides you with a technical understanding of viticulture science and current grapegrowing practices plus industry-relevant practical skills.  An intensive introduction to winemaking rounds out your knowledge.

With this diploma programme you’ll graduate ready to meet the demands of the grapegrowing and winemaking industries.

Online students do need to attend residential schools held each semester in either May/June or September/October. Some residential schools may be scheduled on weekend days. The residential school timetables are provided in December for the following year..

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.

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Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Graduating with a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture Science or a Graduate Diploma in Wine Science from EIT opens up many career pathways for a future in the grape growing (viticulture science) and winemaking (wine science) industries at a technical, supervisory or management level.

You can pursue careers such as:

  • Vineyard manager, viticultural contractor, research and development, owner/operator of a vineyard, viticulture educator or grower liaison.
  • Winemaker, assistant winemaker, manager in wine, brewing or food industries, research and development or wine educator.

Future study options include the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Master of Wine Business and Innovation. These EIT programmes are offered fully online or on-campus from July 2022.


There is one entry date per year:

  • January


Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit

International Entry Requirements

Renowned wineries give EIT graduate a taste for winemaking

Sara Macdonald has worked at wineries around the world but studying at EIT taught her the fundamentals of the industry and gave her a well-respected qualification to match. She studied Graduate Diplomas in both Viticulture and Oenology through EIT. “That’s why I chose EIT because I liked the fact that it would be two years; one year on viticulture and one year on winemaking and then I would have a really well-respected qualification.”

Sara Macdonald, Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology 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 or call in for a chat.