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Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

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Expand your knowledge of the wine industry, from the perspective of New Zealand’s globally respected expertise and achievements.

Lincoln University has a close relationship with the New Zealand grape-growing and wine production industry. This includes hosting research programmes that led directly to the establishment of South Island regions as viable areas for cool-climate viticulture and wine-making. Lincoln’s Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology will see you growing your own grapes and making your own wine. You’ll cultivate your wine tasting and analysis skills, understand New Zealand’s unique wine styles, and get to grips with our innovative, sustainable wine-making practices. The programme also explores the importance of integrating grape growing with wine-making, as well as site selection and development, plant material and vine management, grape processing, fermentation and wine finishing.

Programme Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology requires 120 credits. You’ll also need to participate in a multi-day field tour. Other field trips or tours may be required associated with your chosen courses.

Choose a minimum of three of the following courses:

Semester 1

  • PLPT 323 - Grape Pest and Disease Management
  • ENGN 361 - Winery Equipment and Structures

Semester 2

  • MGMT 344 - Strategic Management in Wine and Horticultural Business Systems
  • WINE 304 - Wine Chemistry and Technology

Entry criteria

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited higher education institution in New Zealand.
  • Or an equivalent educational achievement or level.
  • A 100 level chemistry paper from previous study or an equivalent may be taken to meet prerequisite requirements for the wine science courses.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.
  • NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement)

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