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Wine Maker

Wine Makers, also known as Wine Scientists, study the chemical and physical properties of wine and grapes. They are responsible for each step of the wine-making process and often they are tasked with developing new brands or strains of wine. They may also be responsible for coordinating the production and distribution of wine.

Duties and tasks

  • Applying scientific discoveries and theories to the wine-making process
  • Conducting research to determine best practices for wine development
  • Executing experiments and tests to establish the chemical properties and reactions of a particular kind of wine and/or grapes
  • Helping to coordinate the packaging and distribution of finished wine
  • Performing tests on grapes to determine suitability for processing
  • Providing advice on the preservation of grape samples and the processing of wine
  • Using scientific knowledge to blend wines together in a pleasing fashion

Skills required

  • Active listening skills
  • Excellent knowledge of chemistry and other sciences
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Use of logic and reasoning to solve complex problems

Working conditions

Wine Makers may work in vineyards or other locations where grapes are grown. They are also often hired by laboratories or by private wine companies to work in office settings.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia
Australian Beverages Council (ABCL)
Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology
National Wine Centre of Australia
Winemakers Federation of Australia

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  • Consumer Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Oenologist
  • Research Officer
  • Winery Worker