Wine & Viticulture
Tasmanian wines are becoming increasingly recognised for their excellence throughout Australia and the world. Although our wine industry is small by national standards, it is an important and growing sector of the state's economy.
Our cool climate industry, which focuses on the production of premium and super-premium, high-value wines, sets us apart from many of the larger, hotter areas on the mainland.
Opportunities exist throughout all wine producing regions for trained staff. These extend across the whole of the industry from the vineyard to the winery to the cellar door and may lead to a level of responsibility that includes undertaking supervisory or management roles.
The Tasmanian Polytechnic's wine and viticulture qualifications can lead to employment including:
Whether it's in the vineyard, winery or cellar door sales area, managers are employed to oversee staff and the day-to-day running. While the Vineyard Manager is expected to plan and implement the yearly work program culminating with the annual vintage during Autumn, the Cellar Manager will working under the direction of the Winemaker.
The Cellar Door Manager will co-ordinate wine promotion and sales activities while ensuring that visitors enjoy a memorable experience during their visit to the winery.
Cellar Door Staff
Deal directly with visitors to the winery and cellar door and involved in off-site activities at Festivalé and The Taste of Tasmania.
Conduct tastings, advise clients on suitable wines for different occasions, provide tourist information about the company as well as other regional attractions, and make wine sales.
Be involved in carrying out a wide range of activities including crushing, pressing, fermentation, blending, fining, filtering and bottling and packaging.
Undertake a variety of tasks including pruning, canopy management, machinery operation, pest and disease control, irrigation and harvesting.
Provide technical advice on the management and production of wine grapes.