MSc in Viticulture and Enology

Viticulture at HUJI
Photo by Gabi Mimon

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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A Guide to Fine Wines:A Practical Education from Prof. Zohar Kerem
on Understanding the Elements Behind a Good Glass of Wine




Registration for Preparatory Program until October 18, 2020. Preparatory Program in Rehovot TBA.
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:, Phone: +972-8-9489509


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:, Phone: +972-8-9489509





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


  • 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 for Preparatory Program by mid-October 2018. Preparatory Program in Rehovot begins November 1, 2018.
Registration for the four-semester MSc program by January 14, 2019. The program begins on March 14, 2019. 

Contact us for more information and registration:
Mrs. Helena Dahab, Email:, Phone: +972-8-9489509







How to Apply - Viticulture


Next program: March 2021

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2019.  

Apply by September 14, 2019 to receive the early bird registration discount (a discount of $600 will be deducted from the tuition fee).

Preparatory Program begins November 2020. 

Please complete and submit the application form below to:
Mrs. Helena Dahab, Email:, Phone: +972-8-9489509

File Viticulture and Enology Application Form


winemaking grapes



Tuition - Viticulture


  • Tuition for the program is US$ 27,500, including a workshop abroad (Italy or France).
  • Early registration discount: 2,000 NIS (approx. $600) for those registering by September 14, 2018
  • Preparatory Program tuition: 5,000 NIS (approx. $1,450). register by mid-October.
  • Beginning of Preparatory program: November 1, 2018. 

Contact us for more information and registration:
Mrs. Helena Dahab, Email:, Phone: +972-8-9489509


wine grapes




"Grape Harvest and Wine Production" Photo Competition


The International M.Sc in Viticulture and Enology program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites individuals from around the world to enter its global prize-winning photo competition!

photo competition


Photo submission requirements:

  • Contestants must be 18 years of age and older.
  • Competing photos are to be submitted by email to: no later than February 1, 2019.
  • Each photographer can submit up to three photos.
  • Eligible photos must include images of grape harvest and/or wine production processes.
  • Photos are to be submitted in high resolution and in JPEG format only.
  • All submissions must include the submission form (scroll down to bottom of page), signed by the photographer.

Winning submissions and prize distribution:

  • Prize winners will be selected by a jury* appointed by the International School of Agricultural Sciences. 
    *Jury members and their families and relatives are not eligible to participate. 
  • The winning photos and photographers' names will be publicly displayed on social media and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's websites.


First prize: 500 USD

Second and third prize: 350 USD each

Fourth and fifth prize: 200 USD each

Hebrew University usage of submitted photos:

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be entitled to upload all/selected competing photos to the International School's website.
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be entitled to use any photo and/or parts of the photo without royalties or any payment to the photographer, and in full coordination with the photographer.

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International M.Sc. in Viticulture & Enology