Course details

Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science
NZQF Level 7

About the course

EIT has been educating quality graduates to enter the wine and viticulture industry for over twenty years.

New to EIT in Hawke’s Bay in 2020 – a 3 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 one of the premium winemaking districts in New Zealand EIT offers the opportunity of world class study immersed in the local vibrant, diverse Hawkes 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 skills required once working in industry related to people management and wine marketing. 

The latest research, industry technology and important 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. 

With EIT’s flexible study approach you can study either the BVWSc degree 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.

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.


For on-campus students, the first year of the Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science degree commences on 10 February 2020 and concludes on 29 November 2020.

For selected Level 6 and 7 courses, practical classes may be held with distance students during Residential Schools. This is dependent on student numbers.

Timetables will be available on the EIT website from Dec 2019.  If you require a paper copy to be sent out to you, please contact the School of Viticulture and Wine Science Secretary.

There is a requirement that students have an electronic device they can bring to classes to support their study.

DISTANCE or BLENDED LEARNING – No need to give up your job to study!

The degree can be studied fully online (as long as your reside in NZ) or if you live in Hawke’s Bay but are working, you can studying online and attend classes when possible.

We suggest online students study two courses per semester (half the normal full-time load)

There are also compulsory on campus Residential Schools (labs and practical) held twice a year that students are required attend as part of the course and programme requirements. 

The Residential School Timetable for 2020 will be provided in December 2019.

Additional Distance Study Requirements

For distance study, a student must have the following available to be able to utilise the online learning environment and have access to industry:

  • Desktop or laptop computer or other appropriate electronic device not older than five years.
  • Broadband Internet connection.
  • Software as required.
  • Access to wineries and vineyards to meet the work experience requirement for the programme and to undertake assignment and practical work required for specific courses.

Distance students must also:

be prepared to attend Residential Schools

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 

This degree programmes provide a foundation for on-going learning:

  • Graduate Diploma in Viticulture
  • Graduate Diploma in Oenology
  • Graduate Diploma in Wine Business (available from 2021)

Courses in the programme that  involve practical or off-campus experiential learning are:

  • Fundamentals of Wine WINE5.04
  • Viticulture in the field VIT5.07
  • Winegrowing Industry Experience WINE 6.03
  • Research Project RESE 7.04
  • Vine Health VITI 7.04

Entry requirements

A personal interview may be part of the application process.

Application for enrolment in these programmes is due by:

February Start:               10 February 2020
July Start:                        20 July 2020

Standard Entry

Applicants must be over 18 years of age on 1 February 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

NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation [Level 4] Science Pathway 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.

Entry to subsequent study is conditional on success at the entry level.

Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics

It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in this programme have achieved:

At least 14 credits minimum at NCEA Level 3 in Chemistry or have studied the EIT Distance Bridging Chemistry course.

At least 14 credits minimum at NCEA Level 3 in Physics or Mathematics or or have studied the EIT Distance Bridging Physics/Mathematics course.

International entry requirements

International students can be enrolled on the on campus programme.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age on 1 February 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

Students are required to have attained an acceptable level (IELTS 6.0 Academic (no band score < 5.5) or equivalent) of English language fluency.  This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English, approved scores on TOEFL and IELTS tests or completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT Hawke’s Bay assessment.

In addition, students are required to show evidence of good school records in chemistry, physics and mathematics.

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland.

Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa.

EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street!

When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.


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