How to become a Viticulturist

Viticulturists plan, supervise and coordinate the growing of selected grape varieties for the production of wine, dried fruit or table grapes.

Personal requirements of a Viticulturist

  • 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

Education & Training for a Viticulturist

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. 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 further details, visit

Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 30.8%

NT 0.4%

QLD 14.7%

SA 13.7%

TAS 0%

VIC 22.1%

WA 18.3%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 72.1%

Female 27.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 15.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 51.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 32.5%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 37.7%

Above 35 years: 62.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology provides technical information to members who work in the grape and wine industry.
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