Dr Stewart Field
Viticulture Lecturer and Programme Co-Ordinator
06 830 1231 Extension: 5231
Areas of Teaching
Grapevine Physiology, Vineyard Establishment, Soil Management
PhD (Viticulture), Masters in Plant Science, Bachelor of Plan Science
As of a young age I had a keen interest in plants and how they grow. From this interest I completed a Bachelor and Masters in Plant Science at Massey University which culminated in a 6 month exchange to California Polytechnic State University, (in San Luis Obispo, California, USA). As of this exchange in California I was introduced and gained a curiosity into grapevines. I then went on to a doctorate in viticulture at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia that also included a 6 month period at Trent University (in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada).
My research focussed on grapevine physiology, predominately on the effects of irrigation and nutrition management, carbohydrate and nitrogen reserve dynamics, and plant hormones on grapevine growth and development.
In 2009 I left the academic life to gain industry experience where I worked as a vineyard manager in the Wairarapa region and then in the Hunter Valley of Australia. After 5 years working in the industry I recognised that my future happiness lay in academia.
In 2014, I was pleased to join EIT as a lecturer in viticulture where I can continue my passion for research and hopefully pass on my enthusiasm of viticulture to the students studying Wine and Viticulture at EIT, who will be the future of the New Zealand Wine Industry.