What will I learn?

Located in the most diverse winemaking district in New Zealand, EIT offers a newly updated degree in both viticulture and wine science. You will discover everything about what makes grapes grow and how wine is made.

You will learn about grape varieties, the soils, and environments they are best suited to, and the science and art involved in turning them into one of New Zealand’s most famous exports.

With EIT’s flexible study approach you can study the Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science degree either full-time on-campus or part-time via distance learning. There has never been a better time or place to discover the intriguing world of wine.

The Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science (BVWSci) is a three year degree which will give you comprehensive skills and knowledge in both Viticulture and Wine Science. You will learn about grape varieties, the soils, and environments they are best suited to, and the science and art of winemaking involved in turning them into one of New Zealand’s most famous exports.

Located in the most diverse winemaking district in New Zealand, EIT offers the opportunity of world-class study immersed in the local vibrant, diverse Hawke’s Bay wine industry.

The degree provides a strong science foundation with practical application and industry interaction in all three years. There is an in-depth focus on growing grapes and making wine, as well as the essential business skills required once working in industry related to people management and wine marketing.

The latest research, industry technology and relevant issues related to sustainability are key topics. You will get an opportunity to make your own wine, work in a vineyard, complete a harvest internship, develop a wine palate and gain practical skills like tractor driving, first aid and forklift license within the degree structure.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff either in person or by phone and to view our facilities.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Graduating with a degree in Viticulture and Wine Science from EIT opens up many career pathways for a future in the grape growing (viticulture) and winemaking (wine science) industries at a technical, supervisory or management level. Careers such as:

vineyard manager, viticultural contractor, research and development, owner/operator of a winery/vineyard, wine/viticulture educator or a grower liaison position

winemaker, assistant winemaker, manager in wine, brewing or food industries, research and development or as a wine/viticulture educator

Study Pathway

This degree programme provides a foundation for on-going learning:

Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology

Master of Wine Business and Innovation

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$21,900.00 (US$ 14,944) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

Eastern Institute of Technology

Hawke’s Bay Campus,

501 Gloucester Street,

NAPIER,

Taradale,

4112, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successfully completed degree standard qualifications. English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic) score PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; NZCEL Level 4 Academic.

For international students

Applicants must be over 18 years of age on 1 January of the year they apply for entry into this programme. Applicants under 18 years may be provisionally accepted into the programme but restricted in which courses they are enrolled in until they turn 18 years of age.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

University Entrance OR
An equivalent qualification

Provisional Entry

Applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed (for example, maturity, life experience, work experience, other study) OR
Those who narrowly fail to meet the entry criteria above OR
Over 20 years of age, with evidence of an ability to undertake tertiary study at degree level

Chemistry and Mathematics

It is strongly recommended that applicants have achieved:

At least 14 credits minimum at NCEA Level 3 in Chemistry OR
At least 14 credits minimum at NCEA Level 3 in Mathematics

English Language Entry Requirements

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English Language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. English Language fluency can be verified by achievement of one of the following within the last two years:

• New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 (Academic)
• IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5
• PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
• International equivalents to IELTS accepted by NZQA or successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Eastern Institute of Technology

EIT is one of New Zealand’s leading tertiary institutes for applied learning and is consistently highly rated for its education.

  • A leading tertiary institute recognised by NZ MoE
  • Experienced lecturers who are experts in their fields
  • Modern, well-equipped campuses and facilities
  • Over 10,000 students across 3 regional campuses

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