Viticulturist Kaiparuauru Kerepe

Viticulturists grow and harvest grapes from grapevines, and manage vineyards.

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Viticulturists may do some or all of the following:

  • grow grapes,┬áprune and trellis grapevines
  • sell grapes to wineries
  • pest and disease monitoring
  • yield predicting, data collecting and reporting
  • grape maturity sampling
  • harvest grapes
  • supervise staff
  • operate machinery.

Physical Requirements

Viticulturists need to be reasonably fit and healthy.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for viticulturists includes:

  • vineyard work
  • horticulture, farm or conservation work
  • driving heavy vehicles.

Personal Qualities

Viticulturists need to be:

  • able to work well in a team and under pressure
  • motivated, practical and adaptable
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for viticulturists includes:

  • vineyard work
  • horticulture, farm or conservation work
  • driving heavy vehicles.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include agricultural and horticultural science, business studies, maths, biology and chemistry.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain relevant experience and skills.

This programme may help you gain an apprenticeship, but does not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Viticulturists can earn around $43K-$53K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Viticulturist are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Viticulturists may progress to set up their own vineyard or become winemakers, or move into management roles.

Viticulturists may specialise in:

  • vineyard work such as pruning grapevines
  • supervising or managing vineyard workers
  • technical work or operating machinery
  • pest and disease monitoring and control.

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