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What is a Viticulturist?

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.

Personal Requirements:

  • 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.
Reinvent Your Career would like to thank the Department of Education where this article first appeared.

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