Course details

Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking
NZQF Level 7

About the course

Come study in the best region for viticulture & winemaking.

If you achieved University Entrance (UE) in 2020, the entry requirements for this programme may differ from those displayed on this page and in printed material due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. To find out about entry requirements for those who achieve UE in 2020 see the NZQA website(external link).

Best place to study

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 viticulture and winemaking 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.

One of the strengths of this qualification is the range of tutors and points of view you will receive. All staff are either currently, or have in the past, worked in industry. Tutors include Glenn Kirkwood, Ann Baker, Claudia Small, Dion Mundy, Nadine Worley, Ngarita Warden, Dr. Stewart Field, Dr. Tanya Rutan, Alejandra Ruiz and Catherine Harris.

Mix with industry and researchers

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 right programme for you

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.

Online delivery

If you want to study online, you must be working in industry and need to complete residential schools in Marlborough for 5 courses (4-5 days each) over the degree. 

Each module is delivered online in 6-week blocks with weekly zoom tutorials alongside instructive and interactive online content. 

Online students communicate with tutors via moodle, SKYPE and online forums.

The first two years of the programme (Levels 5 and 6) are compulsory courses. In your last year at level 7 you will have an opportunity to choose electives.

Lockdown inspires student to follow passion for winemaking

NMIT student Tash Politakis found inspiration during lockdown to follow her passion for wine thanks to NMIT’s decision to run an unscheduled online viticulture and winemaking programme.

NMIT Viticulture and Winemaking student Nichkan Part 1 of 4

Nichkan from Thailand shares her experience studying on the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking degree programme with NMIT.

NMIT Viticulture and Winemaking student Nichkan. Part 2 of 4

Nichkan was one of NMIT’s first students to be selected as an Associate Judge at the New World Wine Awards. Hear from Nichkan about her experience and how it will help her in the future.

NMIT Viticulture and Winemaking student Nichkan Part 3 of 4

Hear from Nichkan on her graduation day as she reflects on her time studying with NMIT and what the future holds.

NMIT Viticulture and Winemaking student Nichkan Part 4 of 4

Nichkan shares with us how her study at NMIT has prepared her for work after graduation, what it is like to be working in the industry and her plans for the future.

Ngarita Warden Wine Scientist

I am Ngarita Warden and I teach two winemaking programmes at the NMIT Marlborough campus in the wine science departments.

I teach wine science on the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking programme and also teach Cellar Operations, the level three introduction to winemaking programme.

Rachel is studying Viticulture and Winemaking at NMIT

NMIT offers industry best Viticulture and Winemaking training. Check out our classrooms.

Entry requirements

About the provider

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is a Government Institute with campuses in Nelson and Marlborough. 

NMIT is a New Zealand Qualifications Authority Category 1 (the highest) Institute. Our programmes are designed alongside industry to create work-ready graduates that meet local and international job market needs. 

You'll find NMIT tutors care a lot about student success, and classes are small enough that they know you by name.