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Introduction to Viticulture short course


Central Otago Campus

11 Bannockburn Road, Cromwell

2 days
Dates TBC for 2021
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    13 May 2021

This short course is perfect for learning more about viticulture in New Zealand with a special focus on Central Otago. 

It's ideal if you have a personal interest in viticulture or if you're thinking about entering the industry as a career choice. 

Please note: For this course to run, we need a minimum of 7 people.

Course content

Day 1: Dates TBC


  • Introduction to viticulture and the history of wine in New Zealand/Central Otago
  • Varieties and growing conditions


  • Viticulture practices:
    • Trellising
    • Planting
    • Canopy management
    • Pests
    • Diseases
    • Weeds
    • Irrigation
    • Soils
    • Harvesting
    • Organics.

Day 2: Dates TBC


  • Field trip – see Viticulture practices in industry


  • Introduction to winemaking/wine tasting
  • Career opportunities
 What to bring 

Lunch is not provided so we recommend bringing your own lunch or there will be time to pop out to a local café.


For more information

Please contact, or phone 0800 765 9276.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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