This program enables students to take advantage of the facilities of USQ as well as newly established buildings, laboratories and teaching winery facilities at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism (QCWT) in Stanthorpe.
What is Wine Technology?
Wine Technology involves the application of principles of biology, chemistry and engineering from the grape to the glass, from the growing of grapes to the making of wine, and to the packaging of the final product.
This program is designed to develop knowledge and skills in winemaking, wine science, viticulture, wine business and wine appraisal. Students can complete their studies while working in the wine industry, or by interchanging full-time study with distance education. The program is largely organised into courses with key theoretical concepts, and courses providing intensive, industry-focused practical experience. The wine technology practical courses provide intensive on-site training in vineyards, wineries and winery laboratories at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism and in commercial operations. Unique features of this program include integrated studies in wine business and climatology, as well as intensive, integrated practical and industry experience.
Graduates may be employed as viticulturists, winemakers and operations managers in Australia and overseas. Areas of employment could include vineyard and winery operation, production management, quality control, marketing and export of wine, or research and development in the wine, brewing and food processing industries.
The USQ academic staff Assoc Prof Robert Learmonth and Ursula Kennedy are conducting research into viticulture and winemaking within the Wine Technology Division of the Centre for Systems Biology.
For further information on studying Wine Technology please contact the Department.