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 Wine Science is designed for future winemakers and assistant winemakers, winery technical staff, senior cellar staff, winery enterprise managers and other specialised staff such as a technical supplier.  This qualification provides a comprehensive coverage of winemaking, wine science, chemistry and wine palate development plus an intensive introduction to viticulture to round 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 Wine Science or a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture 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:

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

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


Domestic Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit

International Entry Requirements

Return home sparks career change to winemaking

The Graduate Diploma in Oenology (Wine Science) at EIT provided Anna with the opportunity to combine “the creative, scientific and technical side” of winemaking. “It’s kind of the best of both worlds, because you have that science element – the chemistry, microbiology, and then you’ve got the creative, intuitive side of winemaking, your sensory analysis.”

Anna Young, Graduate Diploma in Oenology (Wine Science) 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.