Viticulturists plan, supervise and coordinate the growing of selected grape varieties for the production of wine, dried fruit or table grapes.
To become a viticulturist you usually have to study viticulture and oenology at university. Alternatively, you can become a viticulturist by completing a degree in science, applied science or agricultural science at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics and chemistry are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For full details, refer to the entries on the website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au or university handbooks.
Viticulturists may perform the following tasks:
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.
The majority of positions for viticulturists are in NSW, SA, Victoria and WA. Smaller wine industries are present in Queensland and Tasmania. Vineyards vary in size from small operations (sometimes family-owned) to large companies employing many people. You can gain experience by obtaining temporary or seasonal positions in a variety of grape-growing regions and countries. Viticulturists with considerable experience can work as consultants to different wineries.