Profession vineyard manager

Vineyard managers orchestrate the conduct of the vineyard and the winery, in some cases also the  administration and marketing.

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Personality Type


  • Wine related sciences

    Sciences such as chemistry, biology and microbiology, as well as laboratory skills, where they concern wine.

  • Environmental legislation in agriculture and forestry

    Awareness on enviromental legislation, policies, principles relevant for agriculture and forestry. Awareness of the impact on the enviroment of local agricultural precedures and practices. Means to adjust the production to new enviromental regulations and policies.

  • Agricultural business management

    Understand business principles behind agricultural production and the marketing of its products.

  • Pest control in plants

    Types and features of pests in plants and crops. Different kinds of pest control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

  • Health and safety regulations

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

  • Viticulture

    Understanding of vine growth and principles of viticulture.

  • Fertilisation principles

    The study of plant, soil structure, climatic and environmental issues in agronomical production.

  • Winery production process

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


  • Evaluate vineyard problems

    Detect and assess vineyard problems. Recommendations effective, timely and economic solutions to deliver fruit of a high quality.

  • Monitor grounds maintenance

    Supervise ground operations, such as mulching, weeding, bush-hogging, sweeping all walk areas, removing snow, repairing fences, and picking up trash.

  • Manage agricultural staff

    Recruit and manage staff. This includes defining the job needs of the organisation, defining the criteria and process for recruitment. Develop the competences of the staff according current and future needs of the company and individuals. Ensure health and safety of the staff, including the implementation of all relevant health and safety procedures and relatations with regular follow-up procedures.

  • Manage production enterprise

    Organise and instruct staff, plan production strategies and programmes including sales. Carry out input purchase orders, materials, equipment and manage stocks etc. Awareness of demands of the businesses customers and adjustments accordingly to plans and strategies. Estimate resources and control budget of enterprise applying business economics, production development and project management principles.

  • Manage technical aspects of vineyard production

    Control the production process in terms of quantity and quality. Decide about new pratices in vineyard and winery by using internal information and consultation processes.

  • 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 budgets

    Plan, monitor and report on the budget.

  • 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. Record quality checks line with specifications. Assume responsibility for the maintenance of all quality parameters for all wines.

  • Supervise pest and disease control

    Scout for pest damage, order pesticides as needed and within given budget, supervise mixing and application of pesticides, maintain records of pesticide application.

  • Manage chemical testing procedures

    Manage the procedures to be used in chemical testing by designing them and conducting tests accordingly.

  • Control grape quality

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

  • Manage wine production

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

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain relationship with customers use different communication channels manage agri-tourism activites develop grape growing techniques business management principles implement marketing strategies agronomy organic farming implement sales strategies

Source: Sisyphus ODB