VIT502 Advanced Grape and Wine Studies (8)

This subject requires students to critically review the viticultural and winemaking practices across contrasting wine grape growing regions with respect to the history of the regions, viticultural practices, wine styles produced, promotion of the regions and future sustainability. Students will be required to liaise with wine industry professionals to obtain the information required for this subject. Students will examine a topical issue facing the wine industry, and using data, information and innovations currently available, will predict what the wine industry will look like in the future.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VIT502. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Masters of Viticulture and Oenology

Assumed Knowledge

Students are to have prior knowledge of grape growing and wine making practices.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise and identify grape and wine production processes;
  • be able to summarise and classify factors that limit grapevine cultivation and wine production and apply this knowledge to a wine grape growing region;
  • be able to analyse marketing strategies and promotion of the grape and wine industry at a regional level;
  • be able to evaluate current innovations in viticulture and wine production; and
  • be able to judge what the wine industry of the future may look like.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Analysis of viticulture and wine making practices;
  • Wine regionality and promotion;
  • Innovations in grape and wine production; and
  • Grape and wine industry predictions for future production.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VIT502 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
The global spread of wine
Report on two contrasting wine-growing regions
Future opportunities for the wine industry
Participation in class seminars

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.