Wine Industry Tertiary Studies

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NMIT Marlborough (South Island)

NMIT Launches New Degree in Viticulture and Winemaking

A new viticulture and winemaking degree with a strong focus on practical and applied training will be launched at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) next year.

The new Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking began in 2016 at NMIT’s Marlborough campus. NMIT has offered viticulture and wine education for the past 23 years and previously, NMIT’s Diploma in Viticulture and Wine Production graduates were able to pathway into the Lincoln University Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology which could be studied at NMIT’s Marlborough campus.

The Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking will provide you with a degree level education in viticuture and wine making as practised in New Zealand and globally. Our Viticulture and Wine Making programmes are based in Marlborough, New Zealand's largest viticulture and wine production region, with over 100 wineries, more than 550 independent growers and 77% of New Zealand's total wine production. NMIT has been delivering these programmes since 1991. You will be learning from regional and national experts, within an environment that is actively engaged with both the industry and scientific communities. The programme applies a realistic approach to viticulture and wine making to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work within ths attractive industry. The Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Making is suitable for students with a range of experience from high school graduates to mature students wishing to retrain or gain academic recognition in their current employment.

Other: Viticulture and wine training at certificate and diploma level.


Situated in the heart of Marlborough wine country, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology offers viticulture and wine training at certificate and diploma level.  Both courses may be studied on campus or through distance or online learning.  The diploma provides a pathway into the Lincoln University Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology degree.

The Marlborough region is New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing wine region with an international reputation for excellence, producing 52 percent of NZ’s total wine production.  NMIT’s Wine Science Centre boasts top quality wine facilities including an onsite vineyard, winery and modern, well equipped laboratory.  Close links between NMIT, the Wine Research Centre and local industry ensure students have the opportunity for plenty of practical experience and interaction while studying.

Freephone: 0800 4 CAREER (0800 422 733)

Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking – 3 years full time or 4-6 years part time study

Certificate in Vineyard Practice – part time on campus or distance learning

The Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking is a three year full time (or part time equivalent) programme of study. The first year provides a solid foundation in the basics of viticulture and winemaking, the second focuses on further developing and refining technical skills and the third year comprises a mix of higher level viticulture, winemaking and research skills. The third year has significant components of applied research and practical work experience which allow students to specialise in viticulture, winemaking, industry management or a combination of these which best suits their career aspirations and interests.

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