Our Viticulture and Winemaking programmes are based in Marlborough, New Zealand's largest viticulture and wine production region.
The Marlborough region has 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 gain an in-depth, professional degree covering both growing grapes (viticulture) and winemaking. It includes a six-week practical vintage, vineyard experience, and a final year research project.
You will be taught by well qualified, industry experienced staff and Plant and Food Research scientists. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the industry because the programme was developed in consultation with key industry players including Pernod Ricard, Indevin, Wither Hills, WaterForce, Wine Marlborough and Plant and Food Research.
The Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking is suitable for you whether you are a high school graduate, you are wishing to change careers, or you are currently working in the wine industry and want to gain a qualification while in your existing employment.
You can study full, part-time or online. If you want to study online, you must be working in the industry and need to complete residential schools in Marlborough for 5 courses (4-5 days each) over the degree. Online students communicate with tutors via Moodle, SKYPE, and online forums.
See our level 5 and 6 courses below. These courses are the compulsory courses that make up the degree. In your last year at level 7, you will have an opportunity to choose electives.
Career opportunities & pathways
After you successfully graduate you could gain employment as a viticulturist, a research, and development technician, vineyard manager or owner, wine marketer or winemaker or assistant winemaker. You could also go into the further study.
Industry based learning
Off-site practical and workplace components are designed to provide you with practical experience and involve placement in a wine industry work environment which is actively supervised by competent and experienced workers and directed towards specific educational goals and skills training.
The Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking programme includes two compulsory Industry Practice courses, which include workplace components (work-based training),
- BVW506 Industry Practice - Vineyard – 100 hours total spread over peak periods through winter, spring, summer, and autumn.
- BVW606 Industry Practice (offered from 2016) – Winery – 300 hours total spread across Wine Vintage in autumn, which usually is 7-8 weeks depending on the season.
- BVW706 Applied Industry Project course at Level 7 (offered from 2017). 300 hours total which can be spread across a Wine vintage or other seasonal activity.
You will spend this time working in the industry to learn new skills and concepts as well as apply campus-based learning in off-site practical and workplace environments. You may also be conducting research.
Structure & timetable
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 specialize in viticulture, winemaking, industry management or a combination of these which best suits their career aspirations and interests.
One of the aims of the programme provides flexibility of delivery allowing you the opportunity to study in the mode that suits your professional and personal situation. The study is facilitated online with residential schools and tutor support, fully on-campus or you can opt for a blend of the two.
Total hours if full time - face to face or online - approximately 40 hours per week, based on 4 courses per semester.
Total hours if part-time approximately 10 hours per course per week.
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Last updated February 3, 2018