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Wine and Horticulture

The wine and horticultural industries are ideal for those who want to work with their hands in the great outdoors.

Our approach

Our specialist viticulture and oenology programmes prepare graduates for fantastic careers in the wine sector.
The courses cover basic science preparation as well as advanced viticulture and wine science, pest and disease management, biometrics and wine chemistry.
Our viticulture and oenology graduates can be found in a variety of careers all over the world, from the Gibbston Valley to the Hunter Valley, from Blenheim to Bordeaux.
Meanwhile, the horticulture industry is crying out for qualified employees. Our horticulture programmes cover a broad range of topics associated with horticultural technology, production and management, equipping you with industry-relevant skills and experience.


Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology
Viticulturist, Terra Sancta Wines
Len Ibbotson, originally from Hawke’s Bay, graduated from Lincoln University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology. He now works as a viticulturalist at Central Otago’s Terra Sancta Wines.
“I couldn’t find the type of programme I wanted to study at other universities, and coming to Lincoln was a good opportunity to travel to the South Island. It also made sense to study plants at a university with a strong land-based history,” he says. He was impressed with the great choice and variety of courses available and says the lecturers and staff were enthusiastic, personable and very approachable.
“I also loved the beautiful campus and the good options for food and coffee. There’s a great gym too, and a nice mix of new and classic lecture halls.” Len says the most valuable aspect of his study was the balance between plant and wine science, and the practical wine and grape management tools he received.
“I have found that my degree is highly relevant to the wine-growing industry and provides sound theoretical knowledge, which enables recruitment and development,” he says.
Len still keeps in touch with staff and friends from Lincoln University and says he loved meeting many diverse and interesting people on campus.

Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology
Owner, Black Peak Wines
James McElrea graduated from Lincoln University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology and now works at Black Peak Wines in Wanaka.
Originally from Auckland, he chose to attend Lincoln because he wanted to pursue a career in the wine industry. He says the viticulture and oenology programme was the ideal foundation for helping him to achieve this goal.
As well as owning a winery, he works as a winemaker for Maude Wines, also in Wanaka.
During his studies, he most enjoyed working and problem-solving with fellow students, and he describes the lecturers as industry leaders in their fields.
“I still keep in touch with people I met at Lincoln, both staff and students, especially those who are working in the wine industry,” he says. He appreciated the clean, modern facilities and laboratories at the University, as well as the sports opportunities on offer at the Recreation Centre.
He describes Lincoln as progressive, modern and intimate, and says there is a broad range of courses available to suit all interests and requirements. James stayed in Hudson Hall during his first year of study, which he says was an invaluable experience that allowed him to get to know many of his fellow students and adjust to university life.

Career outcomes

Here are some of the careers that have been pursued by the graduates of our wine programmes.
Wine Writer/Taster
Wine Representative/Ambassador
Viticulturist (Grape Grower)
Viticultural Technician
Vineyard Manager
Sales and Logistics Staff Member
Quality Control Officer
Vineyard Owner/Operator
Marketing Manager
Laboratory Manager or Technician
Winery Tour Operator
Cellar Door Sales Manager
Wine Buyer/Exporter

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