International MSc in Viticulture and Enology


In recent years, Israel has experienced a significant development in its wine industry and a surging local and international demand for its outstanding wines. In response to the growing need for skills and professionalism in the industry, the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has opened Israel’s first academic degree program in wine: the International MSc in Viticulture and Enology. The MSc program begins on March 2, 2017.

Students will gain knowledge and skills at an academic level consistent with leading programs in other wine-producing countries such as France, the United States and Australia, with special emphasis on the Israeli industry. Upon completion, the students will earn a world-recognized MSc degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This is the first MSC level degree in viticuluture and enology to be approved by the National Council for Higher Education (CHE) in Israel.

Program Structure and Duration

The MSc in Viticulture and Enology is an 18-month academic program that spans four semesters, with classes held two full days per week on Thursdays and Fridays. The program includes theory; practice in a wine-tasting room on the Smith Faculty campus; an internship in cooperation with Soreq Winery, one of Israel’s leading wine producers; and a workshop to be held in Italy or France.


Heading the program, and chairman of its academic committee, is Prof. Zohar Kerem, an Associate Professor at the Robert H. Smith Faculty and world-renowned researcher in food chemistry, wine quality and olive oil. The program’s professional coordinator is Mr.Yotam Sharon, a postgraduate with honors in Enology from the University of Montpellier in France, an MSc graduate of the Smith Faculty, and a leading winemaker at one of Israel's premier wineries. Other distinguished members of the teaching staff are Prof. Ben-Ami Bravdo, Prof. Oded Shoseyov and Dr. Ron Shapira. Esteemed guest lecturers from abroad will teach various topics.


The Vineyard: Planning and cultivating; design; grapevine stocks and types; plot preparation; propagation; planting; trellising; pruning; irrigation; fertilization; mechanization; grape quality treatments.
Wine Production: Equipment and winery management; micro-vinification; chemistry and stability; microbiology; distillation technology; fermentation science.
Analysis of grape juice and wine: Biosynthesis of taste and odor factors; sensory evaluation of types of wine and defects in wine; sensory evaluation of wines from Israel and the world.
Additional Courses: Economics, management and marketing in the wine industry; wine workshop and reading seminar in grapevine and wine production (to be conducted abroad).

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have a full BSc degree from a recognized institution in a related field, such as biology, chemistry, agriculture or life sciences. Candidates whose background is lacking in specific subjects will be to complete an individualized Preparatory Program either before or in conjunction with the beginning of the Enology program. 


Early registration until September 15, 2016. Last date to apply for the Rehovot preparatory studies is October 5, 2016. Beginning of Preparatory Program in Rehovot is November 3, 2016. The four-semester MSc program begins on March 2, 2017. 


Tuition for the MSc program is 96,000 New Israeli Shekels (NIS), including a field trip to Italy or France and a training period.
Early registration: 2,000 NIS discount until September 15, 2016.
Preparatory program tuition: 5,000 NIS. 

For more information and registration:  Ms. Helena Dahab, Email:, Phone: +972-8-9489509