||Overview of Viticulture
Viticulture is the scientific study and understanding of grapes production for the purpose of wine making.
Viticulture courses offer not just fundamental vineyard, grapes and wine knowledge, it also covers important science modules such as chemistry, botany and plant microbiology.
Viticulture studies are offered as short courses, diplomas and undergraduate programmes.
Short-courses in viticulture include wine making courses and provide introductory information on grapes growing, picking and wine making. Such courses are best suited for individuals who enjoy wine, but are not planning to pursue a career in viticulture.
An undergraduate viticulture programme lasts between three and four years. While the basic entry requirement for a viticulture undergraduate programme is a Year 12 qualification, some universities accept students with previous work experience, such as in a vineyard or wine company, under the recognition of a prior learning scheme.
Viticulture programmes will cover subjects including climate change and its effects on grapes growing; best practices in picking, processing and storing grapes; plant diseases and pest management in vineyards; and wine chemistry.
Some universities offer honours programmes providing a pathway to becoming a viticulturist or wine maker. Many universities also offer graduate diplomas in viticulture, or graduate certificate in viticulture and wine production.
Practical lessons in viticulture may also be incorporated for students to experience working in a vineyard, or wine company.
Careers in viticulture
Australia is a leading exporter of new world wines. Viticulture students can pursue careers as a vineyard manager, wine researcher, food and beverage manager, sommelier, laboratory officer or technician in a wine company, or a wine purchaser for food and beverage operations.
Skills needed in Viticulture
Viticulturists are expected to have a discerning palate, and attuned to market trends in the fine wine and food industry.
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment
Natural Resources Management