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