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A career path into Australia’s grape and wine sector offers a range of opportunities – it is diverse, evolving, rewarding, exciting and fun.
Viticulture and grapegrowing
Viticulture is the science of growing and cultivating wine grapes and managing vineyards. There’s a nationwide demand for all levels of winegrape focused professionals - and there are opportunities to progress from vineyard support to vineyard management, machinery operations, and to specialist viticulture roles. There are also options to study while working to gain technical skills and qualifications.
Oenology, wine science and winemaking
Oenology is the science of winemaking. A career pathway in a winery can offer a range of scientific, creative, and operational opportunities, whether you’re new to the sector or have specialised qualifications. Entry level opportunities are typically available every vintage, and through experience and study you can develop from starting out as a cellar hand to a career in winemaking and/or managing a whole winery.
Wine business
Beyond the sector's more widely known vineyard and winery careers, there is a diverse range of corporate and hospitality opportunities. Whether you’re looking for your first job or have transferable experience and are wanting to take your existing career in a new direction, there are opportunities available across marketing, sales, business operations, and hospitality services.
"There’s huge amounts of opportunity, especially in the sustainability and climate space to make a massive improvement in agriculture and actually make a difference".
Maggie Jarrett

Roles across the wine sector value chain

Careers in the viticulture and wine sector are diverse and the sector offers many opportunities to build an exciting and rewarding career.

What young people love about working in the sector

We asked young people what they value and love about working in the viticulture and wine sector. This is what they told us.

More than jobs – it’s a lifestyle

Employment opportunities are diverse and can take you to any wine producing region around Australia or overseas.

Support when you are in the sector

The professional development and support when you enter the sector is unlike any other.
‘Being involved in the process of creating something as timeless and culturally significant as wine can be incredibly rewarding. Seeing your hard work culminate in a finished product that brings joy to others provides a profound sense of accomplishment.’
Alexandra Wardlaw

What's it like working in a vineyard?

Watch these videos to learn more about careers in viticulture, produced for National Ag Day celebrations

Why choose a career in viticulture?

Hear from viticulturists around Australia talk about what they love about their jobs.

What is it like working in a vineyard?

Viticulturists share some of their experiences of working in vineyards in Australia.
Did you know?
  • Oenology (pronounced ee–no–luh–jee) is the science and study of wine and winemaking. The career title is oenologist. An oenologist must have scientific knowledge of the chemical and biological processes which are used during the winemaking process. 
  • A vineyard is often characterised by its terroir (pronounced teuh-waa). This is a French term loosely translating as ‘a sense of place’ that refers to the specific geographical and geological characteristics of where the grapes are grown, which may be imparted in the wine.

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