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MSc in Viticulture and Enology (Winemaking)

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
March 2023

Program description

MSc in Viticulture and Enology (Winemaking)

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 MSc 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.

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Admission requirements

  • BA / BSc degree from a recognized institution
  • Interview
  • Participation in the Preparatory Program (Nov-Jan) for students lacking academic background in specific subjects

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

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

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available; please visit the website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for the program is 96,000 NIS ($27,500 US) including a workshop abroad (France).


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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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1918 and opened officially in 1925, is Israel’s premier university as well as its leading research institution. The Hebrew University is ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world and first...

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mt. Scopus
9190501 Jerusalem

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