Profession vineyard cellar master

Vineyard cellar masters are responsible for vineyard cellars from the entry of grapes to on-site bottling and distribution. They ensure quality at all stages, in compliance with regulations and laws.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Winery production process

    Winery production processes and safety requirements. Winemaking principles. Engineering and flow process technology (pumps and hoses).

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.


  • Supervise the wine cellar

    Inspect regularly to ensure your staff are following established procedures for wine cellars and dispense counters. Store wine and dispense counter stock under the right conditions. Minimises damage to bottles, containers, packaging or their content from handling by you or your staff.

  • Crush grapes

    Crush grapes manually or mechanically and produce wine.

  • Maintain technical equipment

    Maintain an inventory of cultivation equipment and supplies. Order additional materials as needed.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Prepare compressed gas cylinders

    Position the full keg or gas cylinder. Check that the new keg or gas cylinder contains the correct product and shows the correct date. Connect it and check that it is working properly. Disconnect used keg or gas cylinder and store it ready for dispatch. Perform all these procedures with care and regard to safety and established techniques. Deal with leakages in keg or gas cylinders effectively and inform the appropriate person if necessary.

  • Control grape quality

    Discuss the quality and quantity of the grapes with viticulturists throughout the growing season.

  • Train employees

    Lead and guide employees through a process in which they are taught the necessary skills for the perspective job. Organise activities aimed at introducing the work and systems or improving the performance of individuals and groups in organisational settings.

  • Control wine quality

    Taste the wine and strive to improve the quality. Develop new styles of wine. Making sure that quality is maintained during all production stages, including when it is bottled. Records quality checks line with specifications. Assume responsibility for the maintenance of all quality parameters for all wines.

  • Monitor fermentation

    Supervise and control fermentation. Monitor the settling of juice and the fermentation of raw material. Control the progress of the fermentation process to meet specifications. Measure, test and interpret fermentation process and quality data according to specification.

  • Manage cellar operations

    Lead and supervise daily cellar operations and direct flow of work orders. Manage cellar and beverage storage procedures which comply with relevant legislation and organisational policies.

  • Manage wine production

    Manage the wine production and review the production pipeline and volumes.

  • Clean drink dispense lines

    Remove dirt and disinfect drink dispense lines on a regular basis, in line with operational procedures.

  • Supervise hygiene procedures in agricultural settings

    Ensure that hygiene procedures in agricultural settings are followed, taking into account the regulations of specific areas of action e.q. livestock, plants, local farm products, etc.

  • Manage cellar stocks

    Ensure that cellar stocks are audited regularly. Deal with any issues in line with organisational procedures.

  • Advise on wine quality improvement

    Advise on wine quality improvement especially related to technical aspects of vineyard cultivation

Optional knowledge and skills

manage production enterprise use different communication channels manage agricultural staff organic farming ensure proper document management

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