Grape Grower

Plant, cultivate and harvest table or wine grapes.

Overview

Grape growers manage the production of grapes for sale to consumers or as the key ingredient in the production of wine. They use hand tools or farm equipment to establish and maintain grape vines; they coordinate harvest when conditions are optimal.

Work is in farms and vineyards, usually in rural areas. Early mornings and long hours are common during harvest.

Suits people who work well within a team and have the ability operate and control farm equipment. Basic English and an interest in vineyards, viticulture, horticulture and farm production are helpful.

Day-to-day

  • build trellises for grape vines
  • spray vines and other plants with chemicals to control weeds, insects, fungus and disease
  • weed and hoe; prune vines
  • select and pick grapes according to size and ripeness
  • cultivate crop production by maintaining optimal growing conditions
  • assist with the sale and dispatch of produce
  • maintain farm buildings, fences, equipment and water supply systems
  • keep and evaluate records of activities and plan production to meet market demands.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

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