VITIS-VINUM (M.Sc.)

Double Degree Program Italy – Germany in Italian and English Language

VITIS-VINUM is a double Master's degree program, jointly delivered by a consortium of the renowned Universities of Torino (on behalf of the consortium Torino, Milano, Palermo, Sassari and Foggia), Udine (on behalf of the consortium Udine, Padova, Verona and Bolzano) and Geisenheim.

The program focuses on vine cultivation, winemaking and wine marketing, as well as quality management, analysis and certification. Besides learning about new enological procedures, students are taught how to develop effective marketing strategies – which makes them much in demand as consultants by companies in the wine sector.

Graduates of the VITIS-VINUM German-Italian double degree program are ideally equipped for managerial and leadership responsibilities in nationally and internationally active companies.

Facts, deadlines and requirements at a glance
Academic degree Master of Science
Degree program focus Viticulture, Enology, Wine Business
Standard study period 4 semesters
Place of study Semester 1 and 2 take place in the Master degree program in Viticulture and Enology at the home university of the Consorzio delle Università di Torino (institutional coordinator), Milano, Palermo, Foggia, Sassari or the Consorzio delle Università di Udine (institutional coordinator), Padova e Verona. Semester 3 and 4 take place at Geisenheim University.
Language Lectures in Italy are delivered in Italian language, teaching in Geisenheim is entirely in English
Start of course Winter semester
Admission requirement B.Sc. in Viticulture & Enology, Plant Production, Food Sciences or closely related areas of studies
Admission restriction CEFR B2 for both Italian and English; English certificates for second year at Geisenheim – IELTS (minimum 6) or TOEFL (minimum 80 points; internet-based test) or Cambridge First Certificate -FCE (minimum grade B)
Degree program advice Prof. Dr. Manfred Stoll
Application via Università Turin or Università Udine
Your contact for degree program advice
Manfred Stoll
Prof. Dr. Manfred Stoll
Building 6205
Room 302
Phone über +49 6722 502 141
Manfred.Stoll(at)hs-gm.de Details

University of Torino

Head of Degree Program at University of Torino – first year
Prof. Vittorino Novello
Phone: +39 011 6708758
vittorino.novello(at)unito.it

University of Udine

Head of Degree Program at the University of Udine – first year
Prof. Enrico Peterlunger
Phone: +39 0432 558629
enrico.peterlunger(at)uniud.it

Degree program’s content and road map

The VITIS-VINUM program provides graduates with a solid and comprehensive academic training in the fields of viticulture and enology, quality control in the production and processing of grapes, as well as economics and marketing. The course teaches high-level knowledge and skills to enable you to work efficiently in the wine industry.

Modules offered at Geisenheim University in third Semester are:

  • Advanced Viticulture (6 ECTS)
  • Advanced Enology (6 ECTS)
  • Advanced Wine Business (6 ECTS)
  • Research Project (12 ECTS)
  • Language Course as additional module (2 ECTS)
  • Wines of the World as additional module (6 ECTS)
Zwei junge Männer lachen bei der Lese im Weinberg gemeinsam. © Hochschule Geisenheim / pps-studios.com
Eine junge Frau gießt Rotweine zum Verkosten in drei Gläser. © Hochschule Geisenheim / Steffen Boettcher
Zwei junge arbeiten an einem Stahlfass. © Hochschule Geisenheim / Steffen Boettcher

Program requirement and road map

First-year classes will be held at the University of Torino or the University of Udine, and are conducted in Italian. Italian language skills of at least CEFR B1 (at the time of application) and CEFR B2 (at the time of enrollment) are therefore a requirement.

Second-year classes will be held at Geisenheim University. Whereas semester 3 offers in depth knowledge in current research and industry topics semester 4 is reserved for the master thesis. The master thesis covers the elaboration of an adequate and independent scientific research project implementing scientific methods in a given time. It can be carried out in connection with an experimental research project.

Requirements for the second year at Geisenheim are:

  • a successful completed first year at the University of Torino or Udine
  • a completed 8-week internship in the field of Viticulture or Enology
  • adequate English skills proven by one of the following:
    • IELTS (minimum 6) or
    • TOEFL (minimum 80 points; internet-based test)
    • Cambridge First Certificate – FCE (minimum grade B)

The University of Torino / Udine nominates the candidates for the second year at Geisenheim University.

Professional prospects for graduates

Graduates of the program have access to jobs in management and consultancy roles in the fields of viticulture and enology worldwide. More specifically, they can be employed in the following activities:

  • management and consultancy in large wine-making companies in the following fields: production and processing of grapes and wine, ageing, bottling and marketing of wines and related products
  • high-profile positions on boards and in associations and consortiums operating in the field of vine-growing and wine-making
  • analysis, control, certification and promotion of grape and wine products in public and private companies
  • conducting and managing basic and applied research projects in the field of vine-growing, enological processing, planting systems and enological equipment as well as efficient and effective marketing strategies.
Scientific research at Hochschule Geisenheim University

Research along the Complete Supply Chain

Research at Hochschule Geisenheim University covers aspects of the complete supply chain of special crops. It ranges from the development of cultivated landscapes and regions, through scientific projects with special relevance for the cultivation of vines and other crop plants, to production and quality aspects and marketing. These research areas are thus consistently within the context of future global challenges facing the agriculture and nutrition sector.