Winemaking

Winemaking is a series of processes - from growing wine grapes (viticulture) to harvesting, vineyard management and wine production. Our qualifications will set you up for taking on these roles with practical and work-ready skills.

Subject Winemaking 1200X610

Learn in the heart of the Central Otago wine region and gain the first-hand experience and knowledge you need to thrive in this booming industry.   

Our flexible delivery options allow you to fit your study around your work or life. You can learn at our Cromwell campus and embrace the chance to use our nursery and ten-hectare crop production facility. Or develop your expertise through our online or work-based learning options if you currently work in this sector. The great thing is you can choose the options that best suit you.   

Start with a horticulture certificate or jump straight into our diploma in wine grape growing – either way, we will help you develop the skills needed to build a career in the wine industry 

Winemaking qualifications

Horticulture

Develop your green thumb skills and get paid for doing what you love. Based at our Cromwell campus, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge that horticulturists need when employed in orchards, vineyards, nurseries or any other major commercial operation. Embrace the opportunity to use our campus nursery, and our ten-hectare crop production facility.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Cromwell

Career potential

Fruit Grower, Irrigation Technician, Nursery Business Owner, Nursery Worker, Plant Propagator, Vineyard Farmer, Vineyard Supervisor

Horticulture

This programme is for those already working in the fruit production or viticulture industry. A 50/50 mix of theory and practical, you’ll learn online whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Courses include Soils and Water, Plant Science, Seasonal Tasks, Communication, and Pests, Weeds and Agrichemicals.

Duration

2 Years Part-time

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Work-based

Career potential

Fruit Grower, Fruit Production, Harvester, Orchard Farmer, Orchard Manager, Vineyard Farmer

Horticulture

Progress your career by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the fruit production or wine grape production industries. Study online to complement your work in the industry and graduate with the skills to manage an orchard or vineyard.

Duration

3 Years Full-time

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Work-based

Career potential

Crop Quality Assurance, Fruit Production Manager, Harvester, Orchard Manager, Vineyard Manager

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