Viticulture

Embark on a qualification in viticulture at Central and get paid for doing what you love. Central Otago is famous worldwide for its Pinot Noir wines and we are right in the heart of it.

Study viticulture at Central and learn about cool climate viticulture. As a full time student you will gain valuable skills and experience within Central Otago’s thriving viticulture industry. As a distance student you will gain the required skills and experience in your workplace, wherever that may be.This region attracts some of the most adventurous winemakers and in the world’s southernmost vineyards they are growing grapes on the edge.

We offer flexible study – you can study here with us or by distance if you are already working in the industry. If you have industry experience ask us about Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) as a route to gaining credits towards your qualification or CAPABLENZ pathway for a whole qualification accreditation.

Whether you are looking for a qualification that will expand your skills in quality management and sustainable grape growing, or that will open doors within the industry, Central is the place to study.

PROGRAMMES

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Viticulture, Landscaping, General Horticulture or Fruit Production

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, May and July, 2017
  • Apply now for May and July intakes

Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May and July
  • Apply until start date
SHORT COURSES

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 2017 dates to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Viticulture, Landscaping, General Horticulture or Fruit Production

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, May and July, 2017
  • Apply now for May and July intakes

Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May and July
  • Apply until start date

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 2017 dates to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime
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Raewyn Paviour

“I love engaging with students around the country, to help them get ahead in the wine industry.”

RAEWYN PAVIOUR
Viticulture lecturer

  • Pip Feyen

    Pip Feyen

    A holiday job at an orchard in Central Otago helped Pip Feyen make the decision to change careers. 

    Pip, had been studying primary teaching, but it wasn’t until she started studying the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4 Pip really found her calling.  “The outdoors had always been a passion of mine and being able to combine that with the opportunity to study in a location like Central Otago was perfect”. 

    Seeing there were plenty of opportunities locally in the industry was also a key factor in continuing her studies. “Not only could I see some great employment opportunities for the future but the work experience options while studying were second to none” said Pip.

    Pip worked while completing her Otago Polytechnic Diploma in Horticulture Level 6 and is now working as Vineyard Manager at Maude Wines, Lowburn.

    Pip has no hesitations about employing graduates from Central campus and often recommends further study to the vineyard workers. “Whether your passion is horticulture or viticulture there are plenty of jobs right here in Central Otago - the opportunities are endless”.

  • Murray and Rachel Petrie

    Growing together

    If you want to choose qualifications that translate into careers, Central graduates Murray and Rachel Petrie make a resounding recommendation – study horticulture and viticulture!

    The couple now live at McArthur Ridge Vineyard, where Murray is the vineyard manager. Rachel says they both found “there are plenty of jobs out there for hands-on, practically-educated staff.”

    Rachel now monitors irrigation throughout Central Otago for Hydroservices Ltd. She completed a Diploma in Horticulture, and while she now works in the viticulture industry, believes "the experiences with other crops have really helped to strengthen my decisions over the years.” 

    Murray, who gained a Diploma in Viticulture, agrees, describing graduates as the “well-rounded person that employers would look for to be their next vineyard manager.”

    To anyone considering studying Viticulture, he says: “Take it up, as the wine industry is very short of skilled labour and managers.”