Viticulture & Wine Making

World class wines, location and training.

There’s no better place to study viticulture and winemaking than in Marlborough, the heart of wine country.

The Marlborough region is the country’s largest winegrowing area and is at the forefront of New Zealand’s wine industry growth, producing 77 percent of the country’s wine, with over 168 wine producers and more than 568 independent growers.

The region has acquired an international reputation for the quality and flavours of its wines, based on the district’s unique cool climate viticulture characteristics. If you choose to study on campus you will have close links with local wine and viticulture industries through work placements, and on-the-job experience at local wineries and vineyards.

You may also find part-time employment while studying in the wine industry. You’ll go out on field trips to see and experience all aspects and stages of wine production. Winemakers, viticulturists and industry specialists also come in as guest speakers. You’ll have the chance to grow your own grapes, make your own wine, practice wine analysis and develop wine sensory analysis skills. 

Viticulture and wine facilities at our Marlborough campus are world-class and include two laboratories, a technology transfer theatre, wine sensory room for conducting specialised tastings, micro-vinification unit and a research vineyard.

The NMIT winery and laboratories are situated within the Marlborough Wine Research Centre, established with support from local and national wine and viticulture industries. The centre is a collaboration between NMIT, universities, Plant and Food Research, the Marlborough District Council and the owner, the Marlborough Research Centre Trust. NMIT students are fortunate to rub shoulders with scientists conducting cutting edge research in the area of viticulture and wine and some of the researchers lecture part time.

 

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