Two of the region's tertiary educational institutes, Lincoln University and The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology are actively engaged in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Their students have gained annual wine research scholarships, sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network and they receive and share knowledge, ideas and insights that relate to wine science.
Lincoln University is located on the outskirts of Christchurch and has a center for viticulture and oenology. It was the first university in New Zealand to offer a tertiary wine qualification and continues to run thriving courses that produce excellent wine makers and marketers who enhance the New Zealand wine industry. Lincoln University also undertakes research in a wide range of wine related disciplines, including biological and physical sciences, business and social science.
The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) also offers excellent facilities for viticulture studies, with an on-site vineyard, purpose-built winery and state-of-the-art lab. These facilities are situated within the Marlborough Wine Research Center and are supported by local and national wine and viticulture industries.