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.   

Get started with an entry-level cellar operations 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

Food & Hospitality, Horticulture

If you're already working in a winery, or want to enter the wine industry, this is for you. You'll need to either be working in the wine industry or have a harvest cellar job lined up for the annual grape harvest to complete this programme. You'll gain practical knowledge to work in commercial wine cellar operations and we cover winemaking, wine management and various other regulatory aspects of the industry.

For domestic students, our October 2022 intake will be funded until 31 December 2022 with the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) - this means your tuition fees until December are free and you'll just have to cover any additional/living costs.

Duration

28 Weeks Full-time

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Cromwell

Career potential

Cellar Operator

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.

If you start our part-time programme in 2022, your tuition fees will be paid until 31 December 2022 due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF).

Duration

2 Years Full-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.

For domestic students, our September 2022 intake will be funded until 31 December 2022 through the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) - this means your tuition fees are free until December and you'll just have to cover additional/living costs.

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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