Viticulture and Wine Science

EIT offers the widest range of viticulture and wine qualifications both on-campus and by distance by highly knowledgeable and experienced lecturers in New Zealand’s premium wine growing regions.

Viticulture and Wine Science Scholarships

Fantastic scholarships and awards are available for our students.

EIT Year 13 Degree Scholarship

Hawke’s Bay A & P Society Young Vintners Award

The Constellation Brands Scholarship


Discover a great career path.  At EIT Hawke’s Bay, you’ll gain experience in a world-class laboratory complex, fully equipped for all the sciences with an instrument laboratory that houses advanced chemical analytical instruments, a modern teaching and research winery, sensory laboratory, vineyard and glasshouses.  

We also have a demonstration vineyard which is sited adjacent to the winery.

General Scholarships

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.

Viticulture and Wine Science Study Pathways

Which qualification would be right for you?

EIT offers qualifications from Level 3 through to Postgraduate in the Viticulture and Wine Science area.


First Year EIT student chosen as Young Vintner of the Year

“I love how practical the course is. Not only have we experimented in the lab we have also learnt to drive tractors, pruned vines, made and bottled wine amongst other activities. Added to this has been the theory of wine production including chemical and microbial principles, all really interesting and relevant to today’s wine industry.”

“Our small class size allows the lecturers to provide lots of individual help. Their experience and knowledge is outstanding.”

Maddison Airey, Student


Our lecturers are highly trained professionals with particular areas of expertise in viticulture and wine science. We value our partnership with students, and aim to provide quality education in a supportive environment, encouraging personal growth and professional development.


Briar Davies
BSc (Microbiology & Genetics), NZCertAdTT

Dr Carolyn (Cryn) Russell
PhD, PGCertTerEd, BTech (Biotech) (Hons)

Dr Chandre Honeth
PhD, MSc (Viticulture), BSc (Vit&Oen)

David Moore
MSc, GDipWine, BSc (Hons), NZCertAdTT

Elise Montgomery
GDipOen, BHortSc

Jane Qin
MHortSc (Vit&Oen), BAgriSc, NZCertAdTT

Rachel Garnham

Dr Rory Hill
DPhil, MA Geography (Distinction), BSc (Honours)

Sian Forlong-Ford
BSc (Hons), DipTchg (Tertiary)

Steve Simpson

Tim Creagh
BAppSc (Viticulture), DipWineSc, DipMarketing

Dr Victor Ye
PhD, MSc, BSc, NZCertAdTT

Two new Viticulture and Wine Science Prizes now on offer!

The Dr Deobhakta Prize

Graduate Diploma of Wine Science Top Student awarded from 2023.

$1000 prize to reward excellent performance in achieving an EIT Graduate Diploma in Wine Science.

This prize has been kindly offered by the Deobhakta Family to honour their father Dr Deobhakta (a Graduate Diploma in Oenology student), who passed away in 2022.

Hawke’s Bay Women in Wine Prize

Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science Top Female Student awarded from 2023.

$1,000 prize to reward excellent performance in achieving an EIT Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science.

Women in Wine NZ helps women reach their full potential, step up into leadership roles and encourages businesses within the industry to assess their diversity and inclusion culture.

EIT Chief Executive Chris Collins departs after 18 years at the helm

December 10, 2022

EIT’s long-serving Chief Executive Chris Collins will leave the institute at the end of the month after 18 years at the helm. Mr Collins has been Chief Executive of EIT since 2004 and when...

EIT | Te Pūkenga viticulture and wine science student chosen as Young Vintner of the Year

November 11, 2022

Bryn Craddock, a third year Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science student at EIT|Te Pūkenga, has been named as Hawke’s Bay A&P Society & Craggy Range Young Vintner of the Year...

EIT officially becomes part of Te Pūkenga

November 2, 2022

EIT has officially became part of Te Pūkenga, with a pōwhiri held at EIT’s Te Ara o Tāwhaki Marae at its Hawke’s Bay campus in Taradale. The transition means that EIT ceased to exist...


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