The School of Viticulture and Enology is offering, with its practically oriented study programme of Viticulture and Enology, the first programe in Slovenia that emphasise the integration of grape-growing, winemaking and wine marketing and thus combines agricultural, food production and economic sciences.
The University of Nova Gorica’s School of Viticulture and Enology provides multidisciplinary higher-education expertise in viticulture, enology, and wine marketing. It has been offering a uniform and specialised first-cycle (Bachelor’s) programme since 2006, and in the 2019/2020 academic year it also launched a second-cycle (Master’s) programme in viticulture and enology. Through its practical and international orientation, recognised national and international experts serving as guest lecturers, and close cooperation with the University of Nova Gorica’s Wine Research Centre, the school ensures the continuous inflow of the latest knowledge and skills, and the acquisition of valuable experience that helps its graduates find jobs in their area of expertise.
As part of its Bachelor’s programme, the school provides training for the independent organisation, management and marketing of smaller winemaking estates, and also allows students who plan to work at larger wineries to specialise further in viticulture and enology or wine marketing, depending on their professional goals. The Master’s programme provides the expertise that enables graduates to handle even more complex and demanding work processes in viticulture and winemaking (i.e., in growing and processing grapes and producing wine).
The Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes in Viticulture and Enology
Are modelled on modern international programmes in viticulture and enology;
Are the only academic programmes of this type in Slovenia;
Follow the latest theoretical, technological and scientific findings in the field;
Feature recognised and experienced national and international experts as lecturers;
Follow the recommendations for training enologists provided by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV);
Cooperate closely with the Centre for Wine Research, thus allowing for the rapid transfer of new findings to students;
Are practically oriented: placements or acquiring practical skills at the University of Nova Gorica’s wine estate, with recognised and established winemakers, or at professional institutes, constitute an important part of the programme.