Introduction - Institute for Viticulture and Oenology
Last modified: 29. August 2022
Viticulture and winemaking has always been one of the most profitable sectors of horticulture, with a millennia-old tradition in our country. Because of its link to gastronomy, it can appeal to all generations. Moreover, the acquisition of professional skills in this field offers excellent job opportunities in Hungary and in almost every country in Europe, as well as overseas.
In fact, the Institute of Viticulture and Enology is one of the oldest units of the university, since it was founded for vitivincultural education several decades after its foundation. Our Institute was re-established under the auspices of the Hungarian University of Agricultural and Life Sciences, thanks to which the Department of Viticulture and Enology of the Buda Campus was complemented by colleagues from the Gyöngyös and Keszthely Campuses and the former NAIK Kecskemét and Badacsony Research Stations. Our institute is involved in almost all training programmes, as viticulture is one of the most fundamental cultivation sectors in horticulture, and enology is a significant segment of the food industry.
We offer the most successful BSc in viticulture and oenology in the country. Within the framework of the long-awaited training form for the wine-grape sector, we teach grape variety knowledge, viticulture technology, and also oenological technology or, without which specialist training is unthinkable, oenological chemistry and microbiology.
The MSc in viticulture and oenology was the first in the country. To summarise the differences between the two courses, we can say that the bachelor's programme focuses more on practical knowledge, while the MSc programme provides students with a deeper, more professional knowledge. In addition, we deepen the knowledge of the sensory evaluation of wines, i.e. our students acquire the material of the diploma in wine judging, which qualifies them to participate as judges in national and international wine competitions.
Our publication activities are not limited to scientific publications and textbooks for educational purposes. Our staff members are members of the editorial boards of several professional journals (Garden Economy, Wine Notebooks, Wine and Market) and regularly give lectures to garden lovers, professionals and external visitors.
Our professional partners give us the opportunity to apply our scientific results in practice and to learn about current professional challenges and problems. Our researcers and lecturers are is constantly expanding and improving our teaching materials.