Winemakers plan, supervise and coordinate the production of wine or spirits from selected varieties of grapes.
Duties & Tasks
Winemakers may perform the following tasks:liaise with viticulturists who manage planting programmes and the cultivation and production of grapes
conduct various laboratory tests to monitor the progress of grapes to ensure their quality and to determine the correct time for harvest
organise the crushing and pressing of grapes, the settling of juice and the fermentation of grape material
direct the filtering of wine to remove remaining solids
conduct laboratory tests and monitor quality of wine
place filtered wine in casks or tanks for storage and maturation
prepare plans for bottling wine once it has matured and make sure that quality is maintained when the wine is bottled
supervise cellar personnel involved in the production of wine
supervise the maintenance of the vineyard and winery during the off-season
liaise with sales and marketing staff to make sure that the type, style and quality of wines produced will meet market demands
organise and supervise local and export wine sales
conduct technical in-service training for cellar staff
give guided tours, conduct tastings and advise visitors about various aspects of wine.
Winemakers working in large wineries are in charge of the technical side of the business. Those working in small wineries may be responsible for the whole winemaking process, from the growing of the grapes to the bottling and marketing of the finished wine.
excellent sense of smell and taste
able to analyse and solve problems
able to make accurate observations
good communication skills
good interpersonal skills.