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.

Courses offered

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

EIT researcher contributes chapter to significant book on wine and culture

3 days ago

An EIT wine lecturer’s research into wines from New Zealand and Burgundy, France, has been included as a chapter in an influential British book on wine and culture. Dr Rory Hill, who is...

EIT partnership with Chinese University delivering results

7 days ago

A partnership between EIT and Qilu University of Technology (QLUT) has seen international viticulture and wine science students get snapped up in the industry for the busy 2022 vintage. This...

EIT wine student honours father with scholarship in his name

December 2, 2021

A new scholarship for students studying for EIT’s Graduate Diploma of Oenology (Wine Science) has been established by a current student who wants to honour his father with a trophy in his...

Second Research Symposium

EIT School of Viticulture and Wine Science is planning a second Research Symposium: Advancing Viticulture and Wine Related Research.

The Symposium will be held on Thursday September 1st.

Keynote speakers for 2022:

Professor Hirini Matunga              Lincoln University
Professor Paul Kilmartin               Auckland University

Keep an eye on this page for 2022 symposium details.


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