Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology

Viticulture and Winemaking

Our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology majoring in Viticulture and Winemaking will give you a leading edge in the competitive Australian wine industry. We'll drink to that!

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The Viticulture and Winemaking major will give you extensive knowledge of vineyard management operations, plant physiology and wine chemistry.

The program provides a unique hands-on experience with premium grape-growing and winemaking facilities, covering every aspect of the wine industry from the grape to the glass.

Major subjects include:

  • wine chemistry
  • vineyard management
  • plant biology
  • wine marketing
  • viticulture engineering
  • wine making

The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology viticulture and winemaking major offers a distinctive program in Australian viticulture education, providing students with a fulfilling and professional career across all streams of the winemaking industry. Study while you work with our flexible delivery program that includes self-directed online learning, workshop events and virtual evening classes.

Learn in Australia’s best viticulture facilities

The viticulture and winemaking major will provide you with extensive industry-focused learning in our established vineyards at Ararat, Yan Yean and Eden Park, and commercial wineries at Epping (250 tonne) and Ararat (100 tonne).

A partnership for success

The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology is a unique three-year degree with major studies in:

This degree is offered through Melbourne Polytechnic in partnership with La Trobe University. Graduates will have their degrees conferred by La Trobe University, and degree testamurs will feature the La Trobe seal and logo.


Learn while you work! We offer a flexible delivery program in this major with online self-directed learning, workshop events and virtual evening classes. As us how this works.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.


For any additional information on the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology, majoring in Viticulture and Winemaking, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

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Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 6 years


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Entrance Requirements

Satisfactory completion of Year 12 (or equivalent), with a study score of at least 20 in English (any) OR satisfactory completion of a Diploma course in Agriculture (or equivalent) OR relevant industry experience defined as professional engagement in the Agriculture, Viticulture, Aquaculture or Agribusiness industry for a minimum of two years and demonstrated capacity to undertake work at degree level. Domestic students may undertake the course on a part-time basis.

Assessment Methods

Subjects are assessed in a variety of ways including exams, practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations and assignments.


Students will be required to purchase textbooks and notes. Book lists will be available upon enrolment.

Pathways to further study

Graduates can expect to gain employment in all aspects of the viticulture and winemaking industry, in Australia and also overseas.

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
AGR1AST Agricultural systems and technology
AGR1FCW Food production in a changing world
AGR1IWS International wine styles
AGR1VM Vineyard management
AGR1WIN Winemaking 1
AGR2FFT Future farming technologies
AGR2PGP Vine physiology and grape production
AGR2WC1 Wine chemistry 1
AGR2WE1 Wine evaluation 1
AGR3AAWI Australian wine industry and its wines
AGR3ENV Environmental management
AGR3RP1 Applied research project 1
AGR3RP2 Applied research project 2
AGR3VE Viticulture engineering
AGR3WE2 Wine evaluation 2
AGR3WM Wine marketing
BUS1RBM Rural business management
SCI1LAL Language and logic
SCI1LS1 Living systems 1
SCI1LS2 Living systems 2
SCI2ECO Ecological systems
SCI2INP Industry placement
SCI2PLP Plant physiology
SCI2SED Statistics and experimental design