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Diploma of Wine Technology

  • Diploma

The Diploma of Wine Technology is the recognised qualification to work within a large-scale winery or undertake the management of a small owner-operated winemaking business.

Key details

Degree Type
2 years part-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Fees
$6,077 total

About this course

The Diploma of Wine Technology is the recognised qualification to work within a large-scale winery or undertake the management of a small owner-operated winemaking business.

You'll learn to appraise and evaluate wine quality, analyse the chemistry and micro-organisms of wine production and manage the end-to-end winemaking process.

You'll also learn skills in irrigation system design, crop and grape production, winery storage, and soil management.

This course is delivered online and supported by two residential workshops annually which include excursions to vineyards and wineries, tutorials from experts within the industry, and wine and juice tasting at the campus laboratory.

Entry requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course

Applicants also need to have:

  • Current or past work experience where operational or technical skills have already been gained and a production management level of responsibility exists
  • Intermediate computer skills

Please note:

  • The qualification is not suitable for direct entry from school.
  • It is highly desirable that students be employed in a winery. Where students are not employed in a winery they must obtain access to a case study winery.

Study locations

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Career pathways

Work in this industry involves seasonal winery activities from fermentation to bottling as either a cellar hand, cellar foreperson, assistant winemaker or to undertake the management of a small owner-operated winemaking business, with peak activities occurring at vintage time during autumn.

This course prepares you to work within the wine industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Cellar Hand
  • Cellar Foreperson
  • Assistant Winemaker

Credit for prior study or work

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

How to apply

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.