Our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology degree majoring in Viticulture and Winemaking will give you a leading edge in the competitive Australian wine industry. We'll drink to that!
Viticulture and Winemaking Studies
The viticulture and winemaking program provides a unique hands-on experience covering every aspect of the wine industry from the grape to the glass. You will gain extensive knowledge of making wine to commercial specification, growing grapes to enable wine specifications, wine appreciation and all aspects of the wine business. This qualification will help you achieve your career as a wine maker, sommelier, viticulturist or wine marketer. Employment opportunities are wide ranging and include jobs in retail wine shops, restaurants, cellar doors, wine tourism, wine distribution, wine maker, vineyard manager or director of viticulture. If your ambition is to own your own winery or vineyard operation, this qualification will provide essential knowledge and skills.
Major subjects include:
- wine making, chemistry and microbiology
- wine appreciation, sommelier and palate training
- viticulture and winery engineering
- vineyard management, plant biology, vine physiology
- wine marketing, business, wine applied research
The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology viticulture and winemaking major offers a distinctive training program in Australian viticulture education. The Agricultural and Technology component coupled with a viticulture and winemaking specialisation; will provide you with strong business principles, access to state-of–the-art technology and a “hands on approach” to your learning.
Learn in Australia’s World Class Facilities
The program is extensively industry-focused. Learn how to make wine in our wineries at Epping (250 tonne) and Ararat (100 tonne). Learn how to grow wine grapes at our established vineyards at Ararat, Yan Yean and Eden Park. Melbourne Polytechnic has recently been awarded a Victorian Government-funded, “Specialised Teaching Equipment Program”. This will allow students access to a state-of-the art, commercial, wireless farm/digital homestead that will measure plant/vine parameters, microclimate, soil and aerial monitoring platforms. Digital technology platforms will assist the viticulture industry to drive increases in efficiency and generate greater profitability; as well as using this information in smarter ways to consider environmental and social drivers.
How Do You Study
Study either full-time or part-time. “Study while you work”, with our blended delivery program that has been developed to facilitate vintage experience while you study. Blended delivery is a mix of learning about the theoretical concepts via our self-directed online learning and virtual evening classes; with workshops that teach you practical skills in making wine and grape growing techniques.
Choose eight subjects from our elective portfolio enabling you to expand your depth of knowledge in your career pathway. Specialise as a winemaker by enrolling in subjects like ‘Advanced Wine Chemistry’ (Wine Chemistry 2), ‘Wine Microbiology and Biochemistry’, ‘Advanced Winemaking’ (Winemaking 2) and ‘The Australian Wine Industry and its Wines’. If you are going to specialise as a viticulturist, enrol in ‘Vine Physiology and Grape Production’, ‘Sensing Technologies’, ‘Applied Genomics and Plant Breeding’, ‘Pestilence and Plague: Integrated Pest Management’, ‘Integrated Crop Management’ and/or our business-related subjects.
The enormous range of elective options enable you to design your own bespoke across many Agricultural specialisations. This will ensure you can easily adapt to changes in the workplace.
To ensure you have the practical competencies to work on a farm, we offer a suite of short courses. Some of these courses, like forklift driving, are embedded in the program.
A partnership for success
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 emblem and common seal.
See the La Trobe program here and ask us how to enrol.
How to Apply?
Applications for the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology degree can be made via VTAC code 2100322791 or by direct entry through La Trobe University (code: SBATE). Once students have been accepted into the program, they can choose to study any of the majors thus providing students with a fulfilling and professional career across all sectors of the viticulture and winemaking industry.
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 Academic Credit policy and associated procedures.
VTAC CodeCommonwealth Supported Places 2100322791 - La Trobe University
See the La Trobe program here and ask us about enrolling
DepartmentAgriculture and Animal Studies - HE
Modes of DeliveryBlended, Face-to-face, Blended online
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Assessment MethodsAssessments are a mixture of essays, reports, problem solving tasks, quizzes, case studies, oral presentations, group activities, practical competencies, reflective journals, tutorial tasks, literature reviews and examinations.
Entrance RequirementsATAR 50.
A study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or Interview
- SBATE - La Trobe University - Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology
- to start this course, apply directly to La Trobe University - here
- if you have any questions, or you need our help - please contact an ECA by phone, 03 9269 8400, or by email
Pathways to further studyHonours, masters, PhD.
Career PathwaysWine Maker, Vineyard Operations, Wine Business, Wine Marketing
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.
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|AGR2WE1||WINE EVALUATION 1|
|AGR3IWS||INTERNATIONAL WINE STYLES|
|AGR3RP1||APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 1|
|AGR3RP2||APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2|
|AGR3VWE||VINEYARD AND WINERY ENGINEERING|
|SCI1LS2||LIVING SYSTEMS 2|
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