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Top 5 Viticulture Masters Programs Around the World

Viticulture and Enology (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in  Piacenza, Italy, offers a master’s degree program in Viticulture and Enology. The program prepares students to manage vineyards and apply new sustainable approaches to viticulture and enology. Every student in the program takes the following classes: Vineyard variability: traditional and precision approaches; Topic in wine-marketing; Enhancing the wine quality: innovation in monitoring and controls; Applied grapevine eco-physiology; Advances in enology; and Disease and pest management toward a sustainable viticulture. In addition, students participate in seminars about the use of pesticides, genetic traceability and other topics. The program lasts for 12 months and involves full-time study.

Viticulture (Stellenbosch University)

Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa, offers a master’s degree program in Viticulture. The program approaches the topic from a South African perspective, but many of the topics covered can be applied to vineyards in other regions. Students begin the program by taking a class in viticulture and elective courses related to their areas of interest. Then, students conduct independent research and write a master’s thesis related to one of the following topics: Molecular aspects of key processes in grapevines; Advanced grapevine physiology; Climate change; Analysis of spatial patterns; or berry ripening and table grapes. Most students complete all of the degree requirements with 24 months of full-time study.

Viticulture and Oenology (Charles Sturt University)

Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, offers a master’s degree program in Viticulture and Oenology. The course is geared toward individuals who currently wish to work in the industry and wish to further their studies. As a result, all classes are offered online, and enrollment is part time. Most students are able to finish all of the required coursework within three years. Among these mandatory courses are Plant Physiology, Integrated Vineyard Management, Vine Physiology and Performance, Viticultural Science,

Advanced Viticultural Science, Wine Science, and Wine Production. A bachelor’s degree is necessary for enrollment. Those who have not previously taken chemistry, microbiology and botany must complete classes in these subjects before the start of their first term.

Viticulture and Oenology (Plumpton College)

Plumpton College in Brighton, England, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Science degree program in Viticulture and Oenology. At the start of the program, students take the following classes: Grape and Wine Composition; The Science and Application of Winemaking; Applied Viticulture and Winemaking; Research Methods and Statistics; Climate Change and Sustainable Wine Production; The Science of Sparkling Wine; and Vineyard and Winery Innovation. Then, students conduct their own research on a topic of interest and write a master’s thesis that summarizes their findings. With full-time study, students can complete all coursework within 18 months. A part-time version of the program is also available and gives students up to three years to finish their work.

Viticulture and Oenology (University of Adelaide)

The University of Adelaide in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, offers a master’s degree program in Viticulture and Oenology. The program is intended for students who hold bachelor’s degrees in viticulture or a related scientific field and involves 24 months of full-time study. Students take the following classes: Stabilization and Clarification; Sensory Studies; Cellar and Winery Waste Management; Winemaking; Winemaking at Vintage; and Viticultural Science. Many of the classes include hands-on activities, including making wine in the school’s state-of-the-art Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory. In addition to the coursework, students must either write a 10,000-word thesis statement or participate in a 10-week professional internship.

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