Profession viticulture adviser

Viticulture advisers advise on improving vineyard production and wine-making.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Plant disease control

    Types and features of diseases in plants and crops. Different kinds 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.

  • 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.

  • Raisin grapes

    The growing practices for new raisin grape cultivars, the canopy and fruit management, vine physiology, light and carbohydrate issues, growth regulators, vine capacity and crop load determinations, raisin quality and storage potential.

  • Types of wine

    The large variety of wines, including the different types, regions and special characteristics of each. The process behind the wine such as grape varietals, fermentation procedures and the types of crop that resulted in the final product.

  • Table grapes manipulation

    Understand growing practices for both new and existing table grape cultivars; trellis design, canopy and fruit management, vine physiology including light and carbohydrate issues, growth regulators and girdling, vine capacity and crop load determinations

  • Horticulture principles

    The standard horticultural practices, including but not limited to planting, pruning, corrective pruning, and fertilisation.

Skills

  • Advise on wine quality improvement

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

  • Advise on fertiliser and herbicide

    Ability to advise on fertilisers and herbicides when and where needed.

  • Advise on nitrate pollution

    Nitrous oxide emission contributes to depletion of the ozone layer, which protects the earth from ultraviolet radiation. It is also the mineral fertiliser most applied to agricultural lands. Fertilisation has introduced high amounts of nitrogen into the viticultural ecosystem.

  • Advise on plant mineral nutrition

    Advise on protocols for plant growth parameters, content and composition of ions, soil analysis, flux measurement and high throughput analysis through public facilities.

  • Monitor water quality

    Measure water quality: temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH, N2, NO2,NH4, CO2, turbidity, chlorophyll. Monitor microbiological water quality.

  • 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.

  • Advise on grape quality improvement

    Advise on methods and procedures to improve the quality of grapes.

  • Control grape quality

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

  • Develop grape growing techniques

    Develop growing techniques for wine grapes to improve wine quality and returns. Work on trellis design, canopy and fruit management, plant physiology, growth regulators, vine capacity and crop load determinations.

  • Manage nutrients

    Collect and process samples of soil and plant tissue. Supervise application of lime and fertilisers.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop personal skills advise on irrigation projects organic farming conduct public presentations promote sustainability develop irrigation strategies agronomy provide tourism related information irrigation systems develop dried-on-vine raisin production systems