Viticulturists plan, supervise and coordinate the growing of selected grape varieties for the production of wine, dried fruit or table grapes.
Viticulturists may perform the following tasks:
- manage the operations of the vineyard, including soil management, irrigation, and disease and weed control
- direct and oversee general growing activities such as harvesting and pruning
- liaise with grape buyers and winemakers
- monitor grape maturity to ensure their quality and calculate the correct time for harvest
- recruit, supervise, manage and train winery workers involved in the production and harvesting of grapes
- give guided tours, conduct tastings and advise visitors about various aspects of wine and grapes
- keep records of techniques used and harvest outcomes for each season.
Viticulturists spend a lot of time outdoors in vineyards, but also work indoors in laboratories, offices and grape processing facilities.
Knowledge of science and business management is increasingly important in viticulture.
- interested in horticulture or agriculture
- good analytical and problem-solving skills
- able to make accurate observations
- good communication and interpersonal skills
- good organisational skills
- flexibility and adaptability
- enjoy outdoor work
- willingness to live and work in regional areas
- able to manage plant allergies and hay fever.