Our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology Degree with a major 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 (1) making wine to commercial specification, (2) growing grapes to enable wine specifications, (3) wine appreciation, and (4) 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 topics 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.
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. (Link URL to SBATE blended delivery timetable).
Learn in Australia’s best viticulture and winemaking 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 agricultural industries to drive increases in efficiency and generate greater profitability; as well as using this information in smarter ways to consider the environmental and rural social drivers.
A partnership for success
La Trobe University deliver this program through Melbourne Polytechnic. See the La Trobe program here and ask us about enrolling.
Students in our program have undertaken vintage experience at a wide range of wide range of placements, from bespoke wineries and vineyards to large corporate organisations.
When you degree is coupled with vintage experience (industry placement), you will be qualified to work as a cellar door hand, assistant wine maker, wine maker, assistant vineyard manager, vineyard manager, wine retail sales, marketing and management.
Two industry placement subjects are offered in this program to enable students to evidence their industry skills. Our students typically undertake a wide range of placements, from bespoke wineries and vineyards to large corporate organisations.
Assessments 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.
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 apply for RPL when you have evidence of extensive career experience or you can apply for advanced standing (credits) based on previous qualifications. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to La Trobe Academic Credit policy and associated procedures.
For any additional information on the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology, majoring in Viticulture and Winemaking, please contact an Education and Course Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400.
VTAC CodeCommonwealth Supported Places 2100322791 - La Trobe University
See the La Trobe program here and ask us about enrolling
DepartmentAgriculture and Animal Studies - HE
A 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.
Modes of Delivery
Blended, 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 RequirementsFor details of the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology entry requirements click the following link: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/bachelor-of-agriculture-and-technology
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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|AGR2WC1||WINE CHEMISTRY 1|
|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|
|SCI2SED||STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN|