What is a Viticulturist?

Viticulturists are also known as grape growers. The job of a Viticulturist is to grow grapes for the purpose of making wine.

Viticulture is the study of the science of growing grapes which covers:

  • study of vine selection
  • irrigation styles
  • planting techniques
  • pest and disease management
  • optimal harvesting

The process starts by preparing the soil for planting the seedlings, whose growth is monitored on a regular basis.

Supports, called trellises, are constructed for the young vines to grow along and to keep them up.

The canopies – (the way in which the leaves form a tent) – are managed by the viticulturists.

What does a Viticulturist do?

  • prepares the soil before planting vines
  • identifies and controls pests and diseases
  • prunes and maintains vineyard
  • works out the production costs
  • keeps up to  date with technology
  • supervises workers
  • organises picking of grapes
  • checks the quality of the grapes
  • transports grapes

Are you … ?

  • interested in farming or in wine making?
  • passionate about the outdoors?
  • physical and strong?
  • willing to work long hours?
  • a good manager?
  • a person with a head for business?

How do I become a Viticulturist?


A Bachelors (BScAgric) in Viticulture and Oenology can be obtained from the University of Stellenbosch to qualify as a wine maker. 



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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Wine Steward/Sommelier … or … Wine Maker

Is becoming a Viticulturist the right career choice for me?