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									         Agricultural Careers




                         Viticulturist



  By: Dr. Frank Flanders and Ms. Anna Burgess
Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office
       Georgia Department of Education
                  March 2006
     Job Duties & Responsibilities
•Communicate regularly with the enologists (winemakers)
•Plant, water, and fertilize vines
•Transport vines to new locations
•Apply pesticides
•Monitor grape development, watching for frostbite or disease
•Decide on the best time for harvesting
•Oversee the picking of the grapes
•Supervise assistants
•Conduct tours of the vineyard
•Keep records on the grape production
•Travel to wine shows, wine contests, and to other vineyards
Qualities and Skills

       •Viticulturists should enjoy growing and
       producing things and working outside.
       They should also be interested in the
       science of horticulture and botany.
       •A viticulturist needs to be analytical,
       observant, and have excellent
       interpersonal and communication skills.
       •They also tend to be creative and
       innovative thinkers.
       •The best viticulturists are patient, task-
       oriented, and have a good eye for detail.
       It is also helpful for viticulturists to have
       good business sense.
           Salary

•A college graduate who has had some
background training in this field, can
earn anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000
a year
•Supervisory positions earn about
$40,000 to $60,000 a year and larger
companies may or may not pay more
•If a person becomes an owner their
salary will depend on the success of
their vineyard/winery
   Work Environment

•Work outside and in offices and laboratories

•Viticulturists work at universities teaching
viticulture, but the most common places
you'll find viticulturists are at
vineyards/wineries, amongst the grape vines

•They may work at large or small
vineyards/wineries, organic
vineyards/wineries, and specialty
vineyards/wineries (like ice wineries)

•Long hours, especially during the harvest

•Work alongside assistants, and spend each
day outside working with the grapes, or inside
developing new agricultural and horticultural
techniques to use
                 Education
Viticulture appeals to many types of people-from the
outdoors person to the laboratory scientist, from the
economist to the wine lover, from the ecologist to the
engineer.
Many educational disciplines and interests combine well
with a basic agricultural and plant science education. Such
combinations offer opportunities in specialized areas of
viticulture. While a college degree is not required for this
field, it is important to have some secondary training in
horticulture, agriculture, and biology.
Other classes that would be particularly useful for a student
pursuing a career in viticulture are as follows and will help
the student become a better vineyard employee, manager, or
owner: marketing, viticulture, agriscience, communication,
and management.
                       Career Resources

American Society of Brewing Chemists
Internet: http://www.asbcnet.org/

American Society for Enology and Viticulture
Internet: http://www.asev.org

BelVendere Vineyards and Winery
Internet: http://www.belvederewinery.com/

Beringer Bless Wine Estates
Internet:
http://www.beringerblass.com/bb/index.asp

Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery
Internet: http://www.chalkhill.com/

								
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