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You'll also need to be physically fit as being a winemaker
involves a lot of hard physical work with tough harvest seasons and
So, you'd like to be a winemaker.
There's something perennially romantic and classy about the idea of
making wine. It's easy to conjure up images of sprawling, sun-kissed
vineyards, old oak barrels and slow motion close-ups of wine splashing
majestically into curled crystal stemware. And wine is something many
people choose very carefully to accompany their meals, so good wine is
something that's certainly noticed and appreciated. Winemaking is a
combination of art, craft and science.
A passionate interest in all things wine-related is the principal
necessary characteristic of anyone looking to become a winemaker, but
it isn't the only one. You'll also need to be physically fit as being
a winemaker involves a lot of hard physical work with tough harvest
seasons and long hours. Some knowledge of grapes and fermentation
processes would also be useful, so a background in chemistry wouldn't
Being a good winemaker also requires an interest in marketing, sales
and finance for the commercial side of your enterprise.
Regarding more formal qualifications, Hunter TAFE offers a Certificate
III in Wine Industry Operations at its Kurri Kurri Campus. There
are no entry requirements for this course and it covers wine industry
operational areas such as bottling and packaging, cellar door sales
and operations, laboratory, warehousing and wine grape growing.
If you're more of a wine hobbyist, there's the 3-week Wine
Making & Wine
Appreciation, or a little more advanced Sommelier
course. This is a less involved course in which students will gain
an extensive knowledge of blending and finishing red and white wines
and also the bottling process.
There are so many aspects to being a winemaker. Whether its the
scientific side of it, the sales and marketing side or simply the
satisfaction of enjoying a glass of your own creation with some cheese
and crackers, this is a vocation that will just keep getting better
and better with age.