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Wine courses and Wine tasting in New Zealand

English Language Courses and Wine Tasting with Southern Lakes English College

Central Otago is famous with wine experts for having some of the finest Pinot Noirs in the world. Other excellent grape varieties include Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, Roses and Method Champenoise.

English language course and Winery tour in New Zealand

Participants study English 15 hours per week Monday to Friday mornings and then have afternoons and weekends free to gain an appreciation of New Zealand wines generally and then a specific understanding of Central Otago wines. They will do this by wine tasting, visiting a variety of wineries in the Gibbston Valley wine region and also Bannockburn, Cromwell & Wanaka wineries. They will visit a wine cave, & also an excellent cheesery.

Visits Include:

  • Wine Taste – Queenstown
    Tasting of 8 New Zealand wines followed by 8 Central Otago wines - a great introduction
  • A 5-hour tour around Gibbston valley wineries.
    Four wineries will be visited including the Gibbston Valley winery, Chard farm, Amisfield & Waitiri Creek.
  • All day tour of Bannockburn & Cromwell wineries.
  • Advice on wines to buy and a seminar with a local wine expert.

Combo courses are available with playing golf, an art tour or adventure activities (bungy jumping, paragliding, or hang gliding, mountain biking) at extra charge.

Individual tours 2017:
NZ$ 300 per week English tuition + NZ$ 250 one-off registration fee
NZ$ 495 per week wine tour 

Not included are your flight, accommodation and food, personal expenses.

Please ask an application form through our web site or via StudyNewZealand EU <- click for e-mail

Viticulture and Oenology Courses in New Zealand

Latterly, there has been a strong (but not exclusive) emphasis on Pinot noir. In part this is a reflection of the interest in this grape variety, particularly by New World wine producers attempting to emulate the classic styles represented in Burgundy. New Zealands wine regions appear to be best suited to Pinot noir production in New Zealand; Central Otago, Waipara, Marlborough and Martinborough.

Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Production at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

3 years full time NZ$ 18,240 (2017 price)

Would you like to create world class wines or manage a vineyard? In this hands-on, practical programme you’ll gain substantial theoretical understanding and a broad range of technical and practical skills related to grape growing and wine production. 

Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University
3 years full time NZ$ 29,000 per year (2017 price)

This programme establishes a broad base in basic sciences topped by winegrowing-specific study and additional coursework in related areas. It emphasises the integration of grape-growing and wine-making and its importance in the production of a quality product.

Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University
9 months full time NZ$ 27,000 (2017 price)

The Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology involves students in growing their own grapes, making wine and developing wine tasting skills, and other forms of wine analysis. It reviews the importance of the integrations of grape-growing and wine-making by covering such aspects as site selection and development, plant material and vine management alongside grape processing, fermentation and wine finishing.

Entry requirements:
All courses require and English language level of at least IELTS 5.5 (undergraduate 6). Some courses have specific admission or selection criteria, please enquire with StudyNewZealand for specific information.

Please ask an application form through our web site or via StudyNewZealand EU <- click for e-mail