Wine Science Programme

Waiheke vineyards

The Wine Science Programme operates two vineyards on Waiheke Island, the recently acquired Goldwater Estate and the Fossil Bay vineyard.

Goldwater Vineyard

Photo of the vineyard at Waiheke Island


In July 2011 The University of Auckland was given the beautiful and historic Goldwater Vineyard for use as a teaching facility.

This 14 hectare vineyard and winery provide a unique venue for students to live, study and work in a boutique winery in an important winegrowing region of New Zealand.

The vineyard is planted in classical varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay. Viticulture and winemaking assignments will be coordinated with the commercial operation so that students can take full opportunity of the facility.

Watch an image slideshow of our new vineyard


Fossil Bay Vineyard

Students working with the vines at Fossil Bay vineyard


The University is currently leasing a vineyard located in Korora Road, Oneroa, at Fossil Bay on Waiheke Island, which plays an important role in teaching and research within the programme. The site offers practical training for students in a comercially-sized vineyard environment. Over the past 30 years, the two-hectare vineyard has been planted in several clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The vineyard is currently undergoing an intensive maintenance programme to enhance vine health and fruit quality.

Each year the students take grape samples for their major viticultural project, and then harvest the grapes to actually make wine in the winemaking course. The resulting wine is bottled under the Ingenio label for use in hospitality throughout the University.