Graduate Diploma of Viticulture and Oenology

University of Adelaide, The

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00123M

The viticulture and wine education programs have an international reputation for excellence. Waite campus houses state-of-the-art facilities including its own vineyard and the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science laboratory. This program incorporates courses in viticulture and oenology and qualifies graduates to work as either a viticulturist, oenologist (winemaker) or in related professions (e.g. hospitality and tourism, and the food and beverage industry). Viticulture is the study of grape vines and their cultivation and includes site selection, vineyard establishment, management of pests and diseases and the informed application of irrigation and fertilizer to optimise vineyard yield and grape quality. The viticulturist typically works closely with the winemaker to achieve the desired winemaking outcome. Winemakers utilise their training in the science of winemaking (oenology), to process grapes for the production of white, red still and sparkling and fortified wines. They often contributes to in-house research, sales and promotion of the finished product. Throughout the program, there is an emphasis on the key technical methods and sensory (wine tasting) skills required for a career in viticulture and oenology. The Waite campus is co-located with a number of research partners, providing a stimulating and unique environment for training, exposing candidates to the latest technologies and enabling them to learn from leaders in their field.

Designed for

Those who want to explore a range of areas in Viticulture and Oenology


  • Students undertaking the graduate diploma will take the same courses as those undertaking the first year of the master's program
  • satisfactory completion will enable a student to apply for the master's program. Graduate diploma undertake all core courses (except Advances in Oenology).


  • Viticulture and oenology

Standard entry requirements

Relevant bachelor degree (e.g. Agriculture, Biology, Plant Science)

Study pathways

Master of Viticulture and Oenology

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Waite International: $47,500 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

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