Sharing the secrets to regions winemaking success

Sharing the secrets to regions winemaking success

150 years ago, a farmer’s desire to find an alternative crop to suit Marlborough’s soil and climate sowed the seed for New Zealand’s largest winemaking region.
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Tash Politakis at one the residential schools at the NMIT Marlborough Campus

Known around the world for producing superb quality wines, Marlborough is recognised as New Zealand’s centre for winemaking innovation.

The Marlborough Wine Research Centre, a collaboration between NMIT, Bragato Research Institute, Plant and Food Research, the Marlborough District Council and the Marlborough Research Centre Trust was established to foster future research and innovation.

NMIT’s viticulture and winemaking programmes have been taught here since 1991 and attract budding winemakers and Viticulturists from all over New Zealand.

Wellington based Tash Politakis was able to take advantage of the flexible learning options NMIT provides to enable people throughout New Zealand to learn here.

Tash says studying online was hassle-free due to the easy-to-follow online learning format and tutor support.

“The tutors were really easy to get in touch with. We learnt through an online program where the topics and information were uploaded,” says Tash.

Residential schools held at NMIT’s Marlborough Campus provided Tash with the opportunity to put her online learning into practice.

“I came to Blenheim and went through the practical parts of the course which really cemented what I’d learnt online,” says Tash.

There are three January 2022 intakes including the Certificate in Cellar Operations (Level 3),(external link) the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production) - Viticulture(external link) and the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking(external link).

The Certificate in Cellar Operations (Level 3),(external link) is a suitable introductory pathway for anyone wanting a career in the wine industry. It covers the basics of winemaking and finishing procedures. Take advantage of the fees-free government fund (TTAF) and study this programme for free.

The New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production) - Viticulture(external link) provides hands-on and theoretical knowledge for anyone wanting to look after a vineyard and supervise staff. With flexible study options that allow you to study around work, this programme is perfect for leading-hands and supervisors, or vineyard staff looking to step up the ladder to become a supervisor.

The Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking(external link) is suitable for high school graduates, those wanting a career change, or currently working in the wine industry and wanting to gain a qualification while working. It includes a six-week practical vintage, vineyard experience and a final year research project.

See here to find out more about our viticulture and winemaking programmes.

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