- Food Scientist
- Viticulture Farm Manager
- Vinyard Supervisor
- Vineyard Hand
Turn your love of wine into an exciting and hands-on career by studying a viticulture course.
What do viticulture graduates do?
After completing a viticulture course, you’ll likely work as a viticultural manager, performing tasks such as:
- Developing, designing and implementing grape production and management plans;
- Identifying, diagnosing and observing plant health problems;
- Monitoring, managing and treating soils for production;
- Managing the use and application of chemicals and fertilisers;
- Planning, designing and implementing weed management strategies;
- Designing and implementing sustainable land use strategies;
- Conducting experiments and tests to identify soil and material quality and composition;
- Testing techniques and applications;
- Developing quality control procedures and safety standards for wine and grape product production;
- Coordinating winemaking processes, testing and crushing grapes, fermenting juices and fortifying, clarifying, maturing and finishing wines;
- Blending wines according to formulae and knowledge of winemaking techniques;
- Managing staff and directing work;
- Advising on preserving, processing, packaging, storing and delivering foods;
- Directing, designing, planning and implementing the marketing, transport, sale and promotion of wine products; and
- Representing your business with members of the public.
You’ll enjoy studying viticulture if you:
- Enjoy practical work
- Are curious
- Are patient
- Enjoy problem-solving
- Are organised and efficient
- Care about the environment
- Work well with details
- Enjoy planning
- Enjoy repetitive work
- Want a meaningful and rewarding career
- Are interested in wine and grape products
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook identifies the viticulture profession as a small and relatively stable industry in Australia. Currently employing approximately 7,800 people, it is likely to contract slightly to employ approximately 7,500 people by 2020.
Job Outlook notes that while the majority of jobs in this industry are available in New South Wales and Victoria, a higher proportion of jobs in this industry are available than the national average in South Australia and Western Australia. Approximately 15.3 per cent of jobs in the viticulture industry are available in Western Australia, compared to 11.2 per cent of jobs nationally, and approximately 9.7 per cent of viticulture jobs are available in South Australia, compared to 6.8 per cent of the job market usually concentrated in the state.
According to PayScale, a winemaker can expect to earn on average between $56,000 per year and $86,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $70,000. PayScale observes a positive relationship between earning capacity and experience, with a winemaker’s average annual salary increasing over their career.
PayScale notes that approximately 60 per cent of winemakers have less than 10 years of professional experience, indicating that people don’t stay in the profession for the duration of their career.