Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking


CRICOS Code: 052244E

Based at NMIT\’s Epping Campus, just 20km from Melbourne\’s city centre, the courses have access to world-class lecturers and facilities, including a fully operational 100-tonne winery and vineyards located at Ararat, the Yarra Valley, and Eden Park (just 20 minutes from the Epping Campus).

The Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking provides you with extensive knowledge of vineyard design and harvesting, along with how to process, bottle and market the wine that is produced.

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Areas of study include:

  • Introductory and advanced winemaking
  • Vineyard management
  • Soil science
  • Plant biology
  • Microbiology
  • Wine chemistry
  • Winery engineering
  • Marketing and small business management
  • The wine industry employs nearly 30000 Australians, and it is our goal to make you a successful and innovative member of this community, following in the footsteps of our alumni.

    We make you industry-ready through:

  • Industry-focused learning – all our subjects are designed to ensure that teaching is relevant and up-to-date, and are designed, written, and taught by industry experts to produce industry experts.
  • Network building – we understand that this is a critical asset in the wine industry, therefore we help you build your network through facilitation of regular interactions with the best practitioners both in Australia and overseas, through on-campus and online masterclasses, as well as field trips to Australia\’s wine regions. Many of our lecturers are also active members of the wine industry.
  • Work experience – working a \’vintage\’ can not only be a great source of income, but also gives you a taste of the winemaking life and is an opportunity to see some of the world\’s great wineries, and winemakers, in operation from the inside.

The course is designed so that all students get an opportunity to work at least two \’vintages\’ in the first half of the year without missing out on their studies. NMIT students, so far, have worked in every wine region in Australia, as well as, New Zealand and France.

NMIT also offers the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking through its innovative flexible delivery program for those who cannot regularly attend class on-campus. Unlike traditional distance education, NMIT has a philosophy of complete equivalence between on- and off-campus study that provides students with a fully interactive experience.

Each week, students receive all the necessary study material, including the audio and notes from each lecture along with any required readings, via NMIT’s Student Portal (materials can also be provided by regular mail). Weekly online tutorials provide the opportunity to regularly communicate with fellow students and the academic staff. They are also freely accessible by phone or email.

On-campus workshops are held at NMIT’s Epping Campus each semester, allowing practicals and field trips to be conducted in our state-of-the-art winery, vineyards, and laboratories. It is also a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with fellow on- and off-campus students. Of course, off-campus students are welcome to attend on-campus whenever possible, be it attending classes or gaining experience in the winery or vineyards.

Entry Requirements:

NMIT welcomes international applicants for the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking. Wine consumption is a regular and compulsory part of the program required to complete the course. Year 12 chemistry pass or equivalent essential. Overall Academic IELTS score of 6.0, with 6.0 for writing. NMIT can provide an English placement test for you to complete. A written submission of 300-500 words describing reasons for applying for this course.

Download the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

International student enquiries to: i[email protected]