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?
- UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH
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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Is becoming a Viticulturist the right career choice for me?