Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

    November Summer School - 11 Nov 2024

    Semester 1 - 17 Feb 2025

  • Qualification


  • Duration

    3 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Every great wine is a product of high quality science and sound process management. Lincoln University’s Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology prepares you to cultivate a future in the wine sector in New Zealand or overseas.

This is a specialised degree whose graduates are highly sought-after. A sound understanding of basic science, advanced viticulture and wine science, pest and disease management, biometrics and wine chemistry opens up opportunities across the entire wine sector, with plenty of opportunities for travel and further learning. Lincoln also created the first cool climate wine production programme in the English-speaking world!

How you’ll grow

  • By developing a strong understanding of the sciences, including biology, chemistry, plants and soils.
  • Cultivating your knowledge of the wine supply chain, from plant and soil sciences through to marketing and management of wine products and organisations.
  • Knowledge of the essentials of horticultural systems.
  • The principles of wine science and wine quality assessment.
  • Even includes producing your own wine.

Career opportunities

The wine industry offers you a range of fulfilling career opportunities. Some of the popular options are Viticulturalist, Vineyard Manager or Foreman, Winery Lab Manager, Cellar Manager, Winemaker, Marketing Manager, Sales Specialist.

Practical work requirements

During your study, you’re expected to complete:

  • A total of 18 weeks of hands-on practical experience
  • Covering six consecutive weeks in a commercial vineyard
  • Covering six consecutive weeks in a commercial winery
  • Covering six consecutive weeks in an allied industry (wine bar or shop, winery laboratory, commercial vineyard or brewery)
  • Alternatively, you can complete up to 12 weeks in your vineyard or winery practical work placement.

For more information on the practical aspects of study, or request a copy of the Practical Work Handbook, contact the Practical Work Co-ordinator at or phone +64 3 423 0061.

I wanted to study at a university with credible links to the land. The kind of thing that isn’t offered at other universities, from people with a strong connection to land and growing. 

Len Ibbotson

Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology

Programme information

Programme Structure

Year 3

Semester 1 courses

  • List A*
  • Elective

  • Elective

  • Elective

Semester 2 courses

  • Compulsory courses
  • Elective courses
  • Refer to the lists below

This degree structure is indicative only.  A course advisor will help you to select your electives and plan your degree. You can check out our courses to see what electives might interest you.


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Programme contacts

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