Viticulture Course Online

Viticulture Course Online

Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Study Viticulture Courses Online

Careerline Course’s viticulture course is suitable for vineyard workers, vineyard managers and wine growers. Hobby farmers will get all the starting information they need to begin in the industry and enthusiastic amateur wine makers will find this course invaluable. As a starting point for people changing careers and wishing to pursue the idea of starting their own winery, this course is extremely popular.

You will learn a full range of necessary skills for successful viticulture including establishment of a vineyard, managing an existing vineyard, selecting suitable grape varieties, grape culture, harvest and post-harvest management and much more.

You will gain practical skills in grapevine culture and vineyard establishment and when these skills are used to run a business, a further course in agricultural marketing or a suitable group of courses from our business range would set the new winery on the path to success.

  • Study viticulture online
  • 100 hours
  • Self paced
  • 1-on-1 tutor support
  • Learn a wide range of viticulture subjects

Course Aims:

  • Choose an appropriate site for a vineyard.
  • Simple Soil tests
  • Measure pH
  • Determine water content of soil.
  • Choose appropriate grape varieties for different situations.
  • Develop criteria to be considered when selecting which grape varieties to grow.
  • Devise a procedure to establish a vineyard.
  • Specify the techniques used in the culture of grape vines.
  • Specify a procedure for harvest and post-harvest treatment of grapes.
  • Formulate marketing strategies for vineyard products.
  • Explain the basic principles of wine making.

Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 10 Lessons in this course:


  • Nature and scope of the viticulture industry both locally and world wide
  • Global viticulture
  • Major winegrowing areas around the world
  • The grape; genera and species
  • Rootstocks
  • Classification of grape varieties
  • Table grapes
  • Wine grapes
  • Dried fruit
  • Juice grapes
  • Canned grapes

Climate and Soils

  • Suitable climate and soil conditions for vineyard site establishment
  • Temperature; temperature calculations; latitude-temperature index and degree days
  • Sunlight
  • Rainfall
  • Soil; soil types and wine regions; understanding soils; texture; characteristics; soil structure; chemical characteristics of soils including pH and nutrient levels
  • Understanding plant nutrition
  • Soil water content
  • Simple soil tests; naming the soil
  • Problems with soil; erosion; salinity; structural decline; soil acidification; chemical residues

Selecting Grape Varieties

  • Appropriate grape varieties for different situations.
  • Grape types
  • Selection considerations
  • Matching the variety with the site
  • Varietal characteristics
  • Selecting wine grapes
  • Yeild
  • Reviewing important varieties; chenin blanc; chardonnay; semillion; muscat ottonel; muscadelle; gewurztraminer; cabernet sauvignon; carignan
  • Vitis rotundifolia
  • Wine grapes; raisin grapes; juice grapes
  • Importance of rootstocks
  • Purchasing plants
  • Phylloxera

Vineyard Establishment

  • Procedure to establish a vineyard
  • Vineyard planning
  • Site planning
  • Vineyard layout
  • Site preparation
  • Planting the vines
  • Vine spacing
  • Shelter belts
  • Crop infrastructure
  • Equipment

Grapevine Culture Part A (Training & Pruning)

  • Techniques used in the culture of grape vines
  • Pruning and training vines
  • Shoot spacing
  • Bud numbers
  • Vine spacing
  • How much to prune
  • Machine pruning
  • Summer pruning
  • Combination pruning
  • Pruning sultana vines
  • Trellising
  • Trellis construction
  • Guyot system
  • Geneva double curtain system
  • Head training
  • Cordoning
  • Kniffen systems
  • Umbrella kniffen system
  • Pergola training system

Grapevine Culture Part B (Weeds, Pests & Diseases)

  • Types of weeds
  • Controlling weeds
  • Safety proceedures when using agricultural chemicals
  • Laws and guidelines
  • Types of chemicals
  • Weed management before planting
  • Weed management in new vineyards
  • Weed management in established vineyards
  • Integrated pest management
  • Pest control in vineyards
  • Grape berry moth
  • Grape mealy bug
  • Grape leaffolder
  • Grapevine rust mite
  • Grape blossom midge
  • Flea beetles
  • Birds and arge animals
  • Disease control in vineyards
  • Fungal diseases; rots; mildew; eutypa dieback etc
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Viruses
  • Organic culture of grapes; organic pest and disease control
  • Companion plants
  • Managing environmental problems including air, water, damage, frost, hail, wind and shade
  • Water mangement; runoff; water saving
  • Grape clones and varieties

Grapevine Culture Part C (Irrigation & Feeding)

  • Irrigating and feeding grapes
  • Excessive irrigation
  • Seasonal effects of irrigation
  • Drip irrigation
  • Monitoring and timing
  • Feasibility of irrigation
  • Design considerations
  • Soil and water
  • Measuring water available to plants
  • Calculating permanent wilting point
  • Calculating field capacity of a vineyard
  • Available moisture range
  • Measuring air filled porosity
  • Tensiometer
  • Estimating water
  • Rate of growth
  • Climate
  • Drainage in vineyards; improving subsoil and surface drainage; subsurface drainage
  • Soil fertility; choice of fertilizer; timing of application; fertigation

Improving Grape Quality

  • Ways to ensure or improve grape quality.
  • Plant stock
  • Crop management
  • Post harvest impact on quality
  • Improving flower and fruit set
  • Second set
  • Girdling
  • Berry thinning

Harvesting & Selling

  • Procedure for harvest and post-harvest treatment
  • Harvesting
  • Testing for ripeness
  • Influence of weather
  • Harvesting techniques
  • Selling grapes
  • Vineyard resume
  • Selling grapes
  • Marketing contracts
  • Selling online
  • Developing a marketing plan
  • Advertising
  • Market research
  • Legal considerations with marketing


  • Basic principles of wine making
  • Overview of winemaking process
  • Production principles
  • Fermentation
  • Making white wine
  • Making red wine
  • Methods

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    The course was very valuable learning experience and I learnt a lot. The course material contained the basics but then in order to complete the assignments a lot of extra reading and research was done which helped to broaden my understanding.  it allowed me to complete it at my own pace. I had to extend a few times as life is busy with working and a young family.  I really liked the course and would recommend it to others . A big thank you to Barbara Tremain for the feedback and grading my assignments over the last couple of years. 

    M. Good Viticulture Course Graduate 17/08/2018

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    For a short course in Viticulture you get a lot exposure to a wide range of topics. You are forced to get out to Vineyards to gain understanding. The assignments require at least 10 hours of study each requiring a lot of personal research as the course material only provides a summary of information. This enhances learning. I got good encouraging feedback in a timely manner from [my]Tutor .

    Gary Campbell Viticulture Graduate 15/02/2018

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    Do you have set start dates?

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