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 grapesconduct various laboratory tests to monitor the progress of grapes to ensure their quality and to determine the correct time for harvestorganise the crushing and pressing of grapes, the settling of juice and the fermentation of grape materialdirect the filtering of wine to remove remaining solidsconduct laboratory tests and monitor quality of wineplace filtered wine in casks or tanks for storage and maturationprepare plans for bottling wine once it has matured and make sure that quality is maintained when the wine is bottledsupervise cellar personnel involved in the production of winesupervise the maintenance of the vineyard and winery during the off-seasonliaise with sales and marketing staff to make sure that the type, style and quality of wines produced will meet market demandsorganise and supervise local and export wine salesconduct technical in-service training for cellar staffgive 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.