Viticulture, Enology, Vine & Wine Economics and Management (M1+M2)

Study Trajectory: Viticulture, Enology, Vine & Wine Economics and Management + Oenology French Diploma (DNO)

- Topics : Vine and Wine
- Student Status : Formation initiale ou Formation continue ou Etudiant étranger
- ECTS credits: 120

Course Objectives

The Master of Science Degree 'Viticulture, Enology, Vine & Wine Economics and Management' delivered by the Institute for Higher Education in Vine and Wine (IHEV) is taught at Montpellier SupAgro and Bordeaux Sciences Agro.

Meets the international and French demand for highly trained technical executives to support the development and to implement upgraded and modern techniques in the vine and wine sector.

Provides a multidisciplinary scientific and technical knowledge necessary to adapt to the changes in global vine and wine worldwide markets. The graduates are in a position to:

  •  Implement the viticulture and oenology techniques in the production contexts
  •  Define production strategies and technical process related to marketing
  •  Carry out experimentation and research projects in the related fields.

Career Prospects

  • Managing Director of a winery
  • Technical Production Manager – manager in a vineyard, a cooperative, a private winery, or a wine trading company
  • Marketing Manager
  • Supply Manager
  • Expert for consultancy firms
  • Technical consultant for professional or inter-professional organizations
  • Oenologist – Head of a laboratory, Consultant Oenologist (graduates of the National Degree in Oenology)
  • Trainer, organizer
  • Access to PhD, teaching and research careers

Admission Requirements


Candidates of all nationalities able to speak and to understand French to a satisfactory standard (B1 level minimum as defined by the European framework). Before beginning the Master’s program, a French intensive course is proposed to the non-French speaking students. The Summer School of Montpellier SupAgro (Campus d’été) takes place in July-August, offering intensive French language, culture and agriculture courses.

The selection of candidates takes into consideration the element of motivation in the Vine & Wine sector, for those who have successfully completed three years of higher education in Agronomy or Biology & Technology (Bachelor's Degree or equivalent).

Please note: Candidates with a Master's Degree M1 or M2 or equivalent in the field of Biology or Agronomy can be directly admitted to semester 8 (equivalent to the Spring semester) of the M1 Agronomy & Agri-food study trajectory: Viticulture, Oenology, Vine & Wine Economics and Management

Course Content

The whole course lasts 18 months, always starting in February

Lecturers and Researchers, from Montpellier SupAgro, INRA and Bordeaux Sciences Agro, play a key part in the course. Theoretical courses alternate with applied activities, tutorials, field works, study trips and work experience in the industry

The teaching encompasses scientific, technological, sociological and economic aspects:

  • Fundamental aspects of Vine and Wine and also Oenology
  • Economics and Management sciences
  • Technology and Enological Engineering
  • Consumption trend economics, management, marketing and quality management
  • Integrative approaches allowing the interdisciplinary synthesis of the wine sector components

The training ends with a work placement followed by a Master Thesis Defense.

This program with extra technical courses and complementary work placements can permit you to get the Oenology French Diploma – (DNO).


  1st Year of an M.Sc. Degree in Agronomy & Agri-food (M1)
Autumn Semester (S7) September - January

Common core for all M.Sc. students in Agronomy & Agri-food

  • UE 1: Basic sciences for agricultural production study activities (6 ECTS)
  • UE 2: Environments, Populations, Populating and Productions Management (10 ECTS)
  • UE 3: Acquisition and Data Management for Environment and Production Management 
    (12 ECTS)
  • UE 4: Languages (French for non-French speakers, English for French-speakers) - (2 ECTS)
Spring Semester (S8) February - July  

UE 1: Fundamental Vine and Wine (15.5 ects)

  • Morphology, physiology, genetics 
  • Environment, climate, soil 
  • Vineyard preservation 
  • Plant material, ampelography, multiplication 
UE 2: Fundamental Oenology (10.5 ECTS)
  • Grape and wine composition 
  • Physico-chemical analysis 
  • Microbiology-fermentation 
UE 3: Languages – Work placement (4 ECTS)
  • English
  • Wine sector discovery work placement  (internship)
2nd Year of an M.Sc.Degree in Agronomy & Agri-food (M2)  
Autumn & Spring Semesters (S9 & S10)  
UE 4: Viticulture
  • Cropping systems (2 ECTS)
  • Wine engineering (1, 5 ECTS)
  • Integrated Production (2, 5 ECTS)
UE5: Oenology
  • Grape and wine processing (3 ECTS)
  • Oenological engineering (2 ECTS)
  • Wine stabilisation, clarification, aging process and conditioning (4 ECTS)
  • Sensory analysis  (2 ECTS)
  • By-products, effluents 
UE 6: Economics
  • Economics, and wine sector rules and regulations (1, 5 ECTS)
  UE 7: Integrative approaches
  • Regions, 'Terroirs' (Typical local Vineyards) (1,5 ECTS)
  • Microeconomics, entrepreneurship, vineyard audit (5 ECTS)
  • 'Terroir' (Typical local Wine) and wine sector organisation, Bordeaux based model (4 ECTS)
  UE 8: Work placement in a company, experimentation, research (6 months - 30 ECTS)


Admission is considered after:

submission of a complete application file (forms can be downloaded or requested by email)

selection by the panel

successfully completing an interview to differentiate candidates.

The deadline to submit your application form :

  • 31st May 2017 for applicants to M1starting from Autumn Semester (S7)
  • 31st May 2017 or 31st October 2017* direct admission to the Spring Semester (S8)

*two recruiting sessions

  • Fees

      10 500€ for M1 + M2

      7 800€ for M1 Spring Semester (S8) + M2
  • Next Year start

    September 2017
  • Next Spring Semester (S8) start

    February 2017
  • In order to apply to the Master’s degree, you must complete and send your application form (online).
    Phone : +33 (0)4 99 61 24 42
  • or by postmail to:

    Montpellier SupAgro, Institute for Higher Education in Vine & Wine
    2 place Pierre Viala, 34060 Montpellier Cedex 2, France

Course Supervisor(s)

Professor Jean-Michel BOURSIQUOT


Montpellier SupAgo (La Gaillarde Campus) - Institute for Higher Education in Vine & Wine (La Gaillarde Campus) - Bordeaux Sciences Agro

Last update : 22/12/2017