VE - Viticulture and Enology

Viticulture and Enology

The Viticulture and Enology Major is offered as a joint diploma between the the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland HES-SO and The Vinifera EuroMaster. Students following this 120 ECTS programme will spend the first year in HES-SO. Their second year will be spent in one of Universities from the Vinifera EuroMaster Consortium.

The Major VE provides students with the tools to analyze and resolve complex problems in Viticulture and Enology, from grape to wine, from management to market, on a strategic and operational level.

Successful candidates are awarded the Graduate Degree “Master of Science HES-SO in Life Sciences, Major Viticulture and Enology” based on 120 credits ECTS as well as The Vinifera EuroMaster diploma.


The Viticulture and Enology specialization aims to provide students with the following skills:

  • Understand, analyze and judge geological, pedological, and climatic components of the terroir of a vineyard
  • Evaluate the genetic variability within vineyard blocks, the plant’s state of health, and the match of the rootstock- grape variety combination as a function of agronomic and enological aptitude
  • Understand the chemistry and analysis of key wine molecules and macromolecules and their importance for winemaking techniques, wine stability, color and aroma
  • Direct and coordinate the design of a winery
  • Evaluate environmental risks linked to the grapevine production and a company’s vineyard structure
  • Acquire competences for the restructuring of a company related to viticulture or enology
  • Develop valorization techniques through sensory analysis and learn innovative sensory evaluation techniques


Master thesis

The Master thesis is divided into three modules. Please follow the links below to access the module descriptions:

Central modules

Information on Central modules is available on the following page.

Cluster-specific modules

Module descriptions and further information are available on MSLS Community Centre.

F1Progresses in Food Processing 3Winter SchoolSion
F2Nutrition and Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases 3Winter SchoolOlten
F3Foodomics 3SpringBern
F4Sustainable Sourcing, Processing and Tracing of Food 3SpringOlten
F5Advanced Sensory Techniques 3Summer SchoolChangins
F6Journal Club “Food and Nutrition Sciences”  AutumnBern


Additional Offer from other Clusters

Module descriptions and further information are available on MSLS Community Centre.

E2Life Cycle Assessment 3AutumnBern
E3Sustainable Natural Resource Management 3AutumnZollikofen
E5Biodiversity 3SpringBern
E6Water Management for Households, Industry and Agriculture 3SpringOlten


Dr Benoit Bach
Professor of enology since 2015.
Competences in analytical chemistry, wine and spirit chemistry, role of oxygen chemistry in winemaking, microbiology and colloidal stability of wine.
Coordinator of module S15.
Jean-Philippe Burdet
Professor of viticulture and plant protection since 2002.
Competences in plant pathology, plant entomology, symptomatology, integrated pest management, vine training.
Coordinator of module S13.
Pascale Deneulin
Professor of sensory analysis & statistics since 2012.
Competences in sensory analysis including physiology of taste, descriptive analysis & consumer preferences, statistical analysis, experimental design, factor analysis, data-mining & textual analysis.
Coordinator of module F5.
Dr Thierry Heger
Professor of soil science since 2017.
Research focus on soil biology, bioindication, protistology and soil microbiome.
Coordinator of module S12.
Dr Alexandre Mondoux
Professor of economics and management since 2017.
Research activities and competences in wine economics, applied microeconomics and econometrics.
Coordinator of module S16.
Matteo Mota
Lecturer of soil and weed science since 2011
Competences in pedology, plant ecology, vineyard biodiversity and precision aerial imagery (drone mapping and processing software)
Dorothéa Noll
Lecturer of soil science and GIS since 2015
Competences in pedology, soil protection, GIS, drone mapping and processing software, image processing and analysis
Dr. Markus Rienth
Professor of viticulture since 2015
Research activities and competences in berry and vine physiology and development in response to abiotic stress and cultural practices
Laure Van Gysel
Lecturer in enology since 2012. Head of VE specialization.
Teaching and research focus: wine-tasting; winery design and sizing; sustainability in winery design and winemaking.
Coordinator of module S14.