MSc in Viticulture and Enology

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In recent years, Israel has experienced a striking growth in its wine industry and a surging local and international market for its outstanding wines. In response to the rising need for skills and professionalism in the industry, the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment has opened Israel’s first academic degree program in winemaking. This International M.Sc. program in Viticulture and Enology is comparable to other programs in leading wine-producing countries, such as France, the USA and Australia, yet it stresses ancient and modern production techniques under marginal conditions.

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.

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Registration

Viticulture at HUJI

Registration for Preparatory Program until October 18, 2020.
Preparatory Program in Rehovot begins November 5, 2020.
Early Bird Registration for the four-semester MSc program until September 17, 2020.
The program begins on March 11, 2021. 

Contact us for more information and registration:
Mrs. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il
Phone: +972-8-9489509

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Admission Requirements - Viticulture

 

Candidates must hold a B.Sc. degree in biology, chemistry or agriculture, from a recognized institution.

An individualized Preparatory Program will be offered to candidates whose background is lacking in specific subjects.

Contact us for more information and registration:
Mrs. Helena Dahab, Email: 
helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il, Phone: +972-8-9489509

 

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Program Structure - Viticulture

 

The M.Sc. in Viticulture and Enology is a two-year academic program (672 academic hours) leading to a Hebrew University accredited degree. Classes are held on two days per week, over four consecutive semesters. Practical work in vineyards may be carried during school. The program comprises of scientific theory, practice in grape-growing, wine-making and wine-tasting, and an internship in leading wine producers in Israel and overseas.

The Teaching Staff

The academic head of the program is Professor Zohar Kerem, world renowned researcher in food chemistry, wine quality and olive oil. The program's professional coordinator is Mr. Yotam Sharon, a post-graduate with honors in Oenology from the University of Montpellier and an MSc degree holder in biochemistry from the Hebrew University, 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 be instructing additional topics

Curriculum

  • The Vineyard: Planning & design; grapevine stocks & types; plot preparation; propagation; planting; trellising; pruning; irrigation; fertilization; mechanization; grape pests & diseases.
  • Wine Production: Equipment & winery management; micro-vinification; chemistry & stability; microbiology; distillation technology; fermentation science.
  • Analysis of grape juice and wine: Biosynthesis of taste & odor factors; sensory detection of wine types & defects in wine; sensory evaluation of wines from Israel and the world.
  • Additional Courses: Economics, management & marketing in the wine industry; wine workshop in prime grapevine & wine production region abroad.

Registration

Registration for Preparatory Program until October 18, 2020. 

Preparatory Program in Rehovot will begin November 5, 2020.

Early Bird Registration for the four-semester MSc program until September 17, 2020. T

he program begins on March 11, 2021. 

Contact us for more information and registration:
Mrs. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il, Phone: +972-8-9489509

 

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Curriculum - Viticulture

Viticulture & Enology Curriculum

Preparatory program (Mechina)*

*Applicants lacking adequate background in the fields of Life sciences, Agricultural sciences or similar fields are required to complete preparatory studies.

  • Chemical Principles
  • Cell Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Intro. to economics and marketing
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Soil & water

 

Semester A

  • Soil, water, meteorology and vine nutrition
  • Morphology and physiology of the grapevine
  • Principles of viticulture (part 1)
  • Practical aspects of grape growing (part 1)
  • Wine production (part 1)
  • Wine chemistry, wine stability and quality management
  • Sensory evaluation of wines (part 1)

 

Semester B (Summer semester)

  • Principles of viticulture (part 2)
  • Practical aspects of grape growing (part 2)
  • Micro-vinifications (part 1)
  • Wine microbiology
  • Analysis of musts and wines (part 1)
  • Analysis of musts and wines - LAB (part 1)

 

Semester C

  • Grapevine pests, diseases and disorders
  • Winery technology, systems and packing
  • Environmental aspects of grape growing and winemaking
  • Wine chemistry, wine stability – LAB
  • Micro-vinification (part 2)
  • Wine Production (part 2)
  • Analysis of musts and wines (part 2)
  • Analysis of musts and wines - LAB (part 2)

 

Semester D

  • Sensory evaluation of wines (part 2)
  • Workshop in management and risk assessment in small and large wineries
  • Workshop in internet entrepreneurship in the wine world
  • Economic aspects of the wine industry
  • Wine workshop abroad

How to Apply - Viticulture

 

Next program: March 3, 2021

Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2020.  

Apply by September 17, 2020 to receive the early bird registration discount (a discount of $600 will be deducted from the tuition fee).

Preparatory Program begins November 5, 2020. 

Please complete and submit the application form below to:
Mrs. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il, Phone: +972-8-9489509

File Viticulture and Enology Application Form

 

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Tuition - Viticulture

 

  • Tuition for the program is US$ 27,500, including a workshop abroad ( France).
  • Early registration discount: 2,000 NIS (approx. $600) for those registering by September 18, 2020
  • Preparatory Program tuition: 5,000 NIS (approx. $1,450). register by October 30, 2020.
  • Beginning of Preparatory program: November 5, 2020. 

Contact us for more information and registration:
Mrs. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il, Phone: +972-8-9489509

 

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