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Diploma of Viticulture


Type: Course - University/TAFE
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Kurri Kurri, NSW
Contact: Chris Booth - Head Teacher
Institution: Tafe NSW - Hunter Institute
Address: McLeod Road, Kurri Kurri, NSW 2327 Australia
T: (02) 4936 0215
F: (02) 4936 0360
E: [email protected]
W: www.hunter.tafensw.edu.au
Facebook: huntertafe
Twitter: @huntertafe
The Diploma of Viticulture is a national qualification designed specifically to provide training in the practical operation and management of both wine grape production and winemaking.

Description: The Diploma of Viticulture is a national qualification designed specifically to provide training in the practical operation and management of both wine grape production and winemaking. Graduates are well prepared to work in small to medium operations where multi-tasking may be an integral feature of the workplace. Nevertheless, graduates also have all of the knowledge and skills to work in large enterprises, or indeed to manage their own.

The key to our approach at Kurri Kurri campus is the significant practical component that underpins the program. While some students bring extensive industry experience with them, lack of that experience is no impediment for new students. Students do at least two vintages during their course. The first is done at Kurri Kurri campus winery and vineyard, if they are not already working in the industry. We encourage students to do their second vintage at some other commercial winery/vineyard in the Hunter or other wine region.

New students, without industry experience or work vintage commitments, are involved in the harvest, crushing and fermentation of grapes from the campus vineyard and from other local vineyards. Vintage at the college winery begins with an induction session and processing fruit for sparkling wine production in mid-January, then white wine grape varieties and finally red wine grape varieties from the Hunter and elsewhere during February and March.

More formal classes commence in late March, when the intensity of vintage has diminshed. The program incorporates both the theory and practical work needed to ensure effective understanding of the production practices and processes that enable employment within the industry.

Applications: To register for this course, you need to complete an online registration at www.hunter.tafensw.edu.au
Contact: Chris Booth, Head Teacher
(02) 4936 0215, 0408 476 130

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