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Centre for Wine Excellence

Curtin University opened the Centre for Wine Excellence at Margaret River in April 2004. The Centre will provide excellence in training and research for the Australian Wine Industry. Curtin is presently the leading provider of professional development for Viticulturalists and Winemakers in Western Australia.


Inspecting wine

When the Viticulture and Oenology degree program was established by Curtin University in 1998 it was envisaged it would reside within an internationally reknown wine region. This would allow students access to leading vineyards and wineries to complement their theoretical studies.

Margaret River, one of the world’s emerging premium wine regions, offers a modern, innovative and dynamic wine industry environment for the Centre of Excellence. Since vineyards were first planted in the region only 35 years ago, Margaret River’s grapegrowers and winemakers have created some of Australia’s leading wine companies and labels. They are characterised by their flair, embrace of new vineyard and winery technology, and pursuit of quality.

The Centre of Wine Excellence will comprise a teaching winery, chemistry, sensory evaluation, and research laboratories. It will include a resource centre, computer laboratories, and classrooms.

The Margaret River Centre for Wine Excellence will also allow the program to be a significant resource for the industry, offering formal University education, and potentially short courses and other less formal training services, extension and advisory services, a resource and information service, pure and applied Oenological research, commercial trial work and consultancy. It will be open to members of the industry – a place that invites the industry and is substantial contributor to it.

For students Margaret River is an ideal place to study and grow. Surrounded by the superb natural environment it boasts natural bushland, spectacular underground caves, fresh streams, and gorgeous beaches. The region is one of Western Australia’s fastest growing, with outstanding business, health, sport and cultural services. The Margaret River region is a leading tourist destination and agribusiness centre. Employment opportunities for young people are excellent.

The Curtin university degree in Viticulture and Oenology offers graduates an outstanding opportunity to enter a dynamic aspirational industry. Graduates can expect to develop careers as winemakers, viticulturalists, vineyard managers, and winery managers. Employment opportunities are to be found not only in Western Australia, but New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Already many graduates have also travelled worked in New Zealand, United States of America, France, Italy, and Germany.