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School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga - AUSTRALIA


A growing industry

CSU has contributed to the wine industry since 1975 by developing courses which offer a unique blend of science and practical training. With access to a Commercial Winery and vineyardon campus, and teaching staff who are experienced professionals in the field, our students graduate with the knowledge and hands-on experience that gives them the edge in the wine industry.

CSUs presence in the wine industry is significant, with over 900 graduates now occupying positions in the Australian and international wine industry. Graduates find employment as winemakers in corporate businesses while others operate highly successful small to medium businesses a diversity of opportunity that reflects the comprehensive foundation of knowledge and skills provided at CSU.

Courses available at CSU

The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences at Charles Sturt University offers the following undergraduate and postgraduate programs in wine science and viticulture on a full-time and Distance Education basis, allowing students to choose the study mode to suit their situation:

  1. The Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science)course develops knowledge and skills in winemaking by identifying its underlying science base. Students also engage in studies which may lead to employment worldwide as winemakers in the fields of applied wine sciences, wine appraisal and viticulture, quality control; and in research and development in the wine, brewing and food processing industries.

  2. The Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture)degree explores both the theory and practice of all aspects of viticulture, including vine physiology, plant protection and soil and water management. Flexibility is built into the course, with students able to pursue individual interests through the choice of electives such as marketing, management communication, wine production and evaluation.

  3. The Bachelor or Applied Science (Wine Science)/Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture)double degree has been developed in response to the wine industrys rapid expansion worldwide. The program combines subjects from the wine science degree and the viticulture degree over four years of full-time study.

  4. The Bachelor of Wine Businessdegree has been developed to prepare graduates for the rapidly expanding wine industry. The course includes components from viticulture, wine science and a variety of business components including accounting, management and marketing.


  1. The Associate Degree in Applied Science (Winegrowing)program provides a general introduction to the viticulture and wine industries. The course is designed to educate vineyard managers and those establishing small vineyards and wineries. Offered only by Distance Education, this course allows students to gain professional training whilst maintaining employment in the industry.


To ensure students graduate with experience using equipment and techniques found in commercial Australian wineries, facilities in the School of Wine and Food Sciences include modern laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, an experimental wineryand a teaching vineyard.The University also has 12 hectares of vineyard and an award winning, fully operational modern Commercial Winery which processes about 300 tonnes of fruit per annum.


At CSU we recognise the importance of flexibility with workplace study. Distance Education (DE) allows students who are partially qualified or working in isolated environments, to complete the course from their home or workplace with the requirement to attend compulsory Residential Schools in each subject. These Residential Schools take place on campus at various times throughout the calendar year.

DE students in the Wine Science and Viticulture courses must have access to a fully developed vineyard and winery in order to complete the practical requirements of the course, and are also required to attend Residential Schools at the University that provide intensive teaching on the practical aspects of the course.

Further study in Wine Science and Viticulture

An Honoursyear is available after the successful completion of the Bachelor degree. The course allows the development of an advanced level of knowledge in the area of specialisation. It also develops verbal and written skills relevant to research and further studies.

Students who wish to pursue a research career can undertake postgraduate studies by enrolling in a Doctor of Philosophydegree.

For further information about the range of courses at the School of Agricultural & Wine Sciences, visit


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Charles Sturt University

Locked Bag 588

Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2678


Telephone: (02) 6933 2420

Fax: (02) 6933 2812


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School of Wine & Food Sciences @ CSU


School of Wine and Food Sciences

Charles Sturt University

Locked Bag 588

Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2678


Telephone: (02) 6933 2121

Fax: (02) 6933 2063