• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The objective of the International Vintage programme offered by ESA Angers Loire - École Supérieure d'Agricultures d'Angers is to help students acquire scientific, cultural and economic knowledge as well as technical and strategic skills.

The International Vintage Master’s degree seeks to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the wine industry, from soil to consumer. 

The objective is to help students acquire scientific, cultural and economic knowledge as well as the technical and strategic skills of grape growing and ripening, wine production and marketing. Consistent with this overall objective, the programme particularly focuses on the concepts of terroir and typicality, providing students with the expertise to characterise, protect and promote wine diversity and identity.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this study programme, students will have acquired the following principal learning outcomes:

  • The fundamental understanding of grape growing and ripening, from vineyard establishment to harvest.
  • The expertise of interactions between grapevines and their natural and human environment at different temporal and spatial scales.
  • The knowledge and skills of winemaking process from harvest reception to bottling, including quality controls.
  • The ability to conduct tastings, sensory analysis (using trained panels) and consumer studies to define product attributes (both targeted and obtained wine quality).
  • An aptitude to characterise the terroir factors impacting wine quality and style (even typicality).
  • The capacity to deal with the major issues of sustainable grape and wine production in a constantly changing environment (including climate change, environmental impacts and consumer health).
  • A well-developed acquaintance with the fundamentals of business and project management as well as the relevant theory and practice of entrepreneurship.
  • An understanding of the wine business world through the eyes of an entrepreneurial marketer in order to continually adapt and innovate in a challenging industry.

Mobility scheme

  • The curriculum consists of two academic years, divided into four semesters of 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
  • During the first three semesters, students attend courses in three European partner institutions: namely Portugal (Vila Real), Italy (Piacenza) and France (Angers). The students remain therefore together for the duration of the three semesters.
  • Another individual mobility, during the fourth and final semester, is possible to other countries or partner institutions in Spain, Hungary, Italy, Chile, South Africa, Switzerland or England.
  • This mobility scheme aims to provide students with a rich cultural experience and international exposure of the wine industry.

Jobs and Careers

Flexibility, mobility and teamwork skills are especially valuable to open opportunities for key working positions early in a career. The International Vintage Master provides a unique scheme and offers broad opportunities to successfully integrate into professional life. It gives emphasis to a comprehensive overview of the wine industry, from soil to consumer.

The continuous changes and globalization of the wine sector and market have resulted in new needs for wine industries and organizations. To meet these needs, our Master’s degree aims at training flexible and innovative executives and managers. 

What career opportunities?

The International Vintage Master degree allows employment in the following sectors:

  •  Advisory boards,
  •  Grape and wine production,
  •  Trade and wine marketing,
  •  Related industries (laboratory, equipment)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Berry Development & Ripening
  • Wine Making Process & Analysis
  • Wine Microbiology
  • Wine Conservation & Stabilisation
  • Advanced Sensory Analysis & Tasting
  • Vineyard Establishment & Precision Vineyard Management
  • Grape Varieties & Geography
  • Vine Physiology & Sustainability
  • European Viticulture Study Trip

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • To attend this master course, students must have successfully completed a bachelor degree in science, economics or marketing. It can be, for example, a “Bachelor of Science” (3 years of scientific training or economic-marketing sciences).
  • Admissions are based on candidate’s qualifications (academic results, cover letter,..) and individual interview (Motivation, English language level,..)
  • Your written application will be examined, then if it is accepted, you will be invited for an oral interview, which will take place at ESA Angers, by phone or skype.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Angers

  • 680 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Conditions for obtaining scholarships for mobility aids are set by funding organizations and vary from programme to programme. They are subject to decision from funding organisations and should therefore not be considered a “must have”.

  • EU Erasmus+ scholarship
  • Study mobility scholarship- Ersamus+
  • Intership scholarships – Erasmus+
  • Scholarships from the region Pays de la Loire : ENVOLEO (for EU students)
  • French Government scholarships

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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