Dual study program in viticulture & Oenology

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"You can only learn to make wine by making wine!" This is an old winemaker's saying, which is why our dual study program in viticulture and oenology closely combines theory and practice. Dual study at means in concrete terms: you can complete two degrees within four years. On the one hand, you complete a full winemaking apprenticeship in a cooperating company with an examination at the Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture. On the other hand, students obtain a recognized university degree with a Bachelor of Science. 

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The admission requirement for the Viticulture and Oenology course is a certificate of higher education entrance qualification, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences or a professional qualification recognized as equivalent.  

There is no Numerus Clausus .

If your Abitur certificate is not yet available, you can enclose the last (half-year) certificate of your school education with your application in order to obtain provisional admission for the prosemester. The final certificate must be submitted after receipt.

Studying without a (Fach-)Abitur

In Rhineland-Palatinate, it is possible under certain conditions to study with a vocational qualification ("Studying without Abitur").

master craftsman or comparable advanced training qualifications offer you a general university entrance qualification. Before enrolling, you should arrange a consultation with our Student Administration Office.

Other professionally qualified persons receive a subject-specific university entrance qualification under the following conditions:

  • Completed vocational training with an overall grade point average of at least 2.5
  • Counseling interview before enrollment

In the dual study program in Viticulture and Enology, vocational training is closely interlinked with the study program. Practical phases in the training company alternate with phases on campus. For this reason, it is not possible to complete a dual study program without a training contract with a winery. You should therefore look for a training place in good time. If you have not yet found a winegrowing company for your apprenticeship, then take a look at our training exchange Dual Match . There you will find more than 350 training companies throughout Germany. You can then register as an applicant and be found more quickly by the companies.

If you have already trained as a winemaker, you can also apply directly for the degree course Viticulture & Enology without integrated training and with a shorter duration of study.

The training company sends the originals of the training contract to the responsible authority for approval, depending on the federal state, e.g. to the Chamber of Agriculture or to Regierungspräsidium.

The application documents include:

  • Completed and signed online application form 
  • Copy of the training contract 
  • Curriculum vitae (chronological, without gaps and please sign)
  • Certificate of higher education entrance qualification
  • For students without a high school diploma: Proof of previous training (vocational school certificate and examination certificate as well as proof of 2 years of employment)
  • For previous studies: certificate of no objection, certificate of exmatriculation and certificate of grades
  • Proof of previous training or internships, if applicable
  • Proof of military service / federal voluntary service or similar, if applicable

This is how it works:

  • First fill out our online application form at and send it to us by email. Following your online application , you will receive a PDF with your completed form by e-mail. 
  • Print out the PDF and sign it.
  • Send it with the rest of your application documents (individual PDF files) to weincampus@hwg-lu.de.

All application documents should  be received by our registrar's office byJuly 15 of the year in which you wish to begin your education at thelatest.

After studying viticulture & Enology

Excellent career prospects


The demand for graduate winemakers is currently so high that it cannot be met. The graduates of our viticulture & oenology degree program usually have a contract in their pocket before their final examination. They work as cellar masters, operations managers or field managers, in product development, market research, wine purchasing, vine breeding, in the laboratory, as sales managers, in administration or in research. In the free economy, wages are no longer based on educational qualifications, but on the performance of employees and are regulated by the success of the industry and the company. Who believes that good craftsmanship and good education are mutually exclusive? Who believes that a trained winemaker can no longer or no longer wants to work in the vineyard? The interaction of manual and mental skills is the key to success. That's why it pays to complete a dual degree in viticulture & oenology and be at the heart of practical work from the very beginning.

Together we are strong


The cooperation between three universities and the Rural Area Service Center (DLR) Rhenish Palatinate opens up an exciting range of opportunities for studying Viticulture and Enology. The expertise of the universities paired with the industry knowledge and infrastructure of the Rural Area Service Center (DLR) Rhenish Palatinate allows for a smooth transfer of knowledge from university to practice and vice versa. The contractually agreed cooperation with over 500 winegrowing companies worldwide is one of the key strengths of the dual study program. The many cooperation partners not only ensure the dual nature of the Viticulture and Enology degree course, but also the diversity of content. From the growing conditions to the grape varieties to the products - more than in other sectors, diversity is a decisive parameter for success in viticulture.