Wine Makers plan, supervise and coordinate the production of wine or spirits from selected varieties of grapes.

    A bachelor degree in science majoring in viticulture, oenology or wine science is generally needed to work as a Wine Maker. You can also undertake a related degree followed by a postgraduate qualification in oenology. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Examines fruit samples to assess ripeness, sugar and acid content, and determine suitability for processing.
    • Co-ordinates winemaking processes, directs workers in testing and crushing grapes, fermenting juices, and fortifying, clarifying, maturing and finishing wines.
    • Blends wines according to formulae and knowledge of winemaking techniques.

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    • $1,979 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Wine Makers

    • 1,700 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 20% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Wine Makers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,700 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Wine Makers work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (85%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 20% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing89.5
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4.2
    Retail Trade2.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.0
    Other Industries2.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateWine MakersAll Jobs Average
    NSW15.431.6
    VIC27.625.6
    QLD2.920.0
    SA38.87.0
    WA11.610.8
    TAS2.62.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT1.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketWine MakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-241.5-9.39.3
    25-3421.8-22.922.9
    35-4432.3-22.022.0
    45-5422.2-21.621.6
    55-598.1-9.09.0
    60-646.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationWine MakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate12.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree57.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.7-21.121.1
    Year 1210.6-18.118.1
    Year 111.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.9-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in science majoring in viticulture, oenology or wine science is generally needed to work as a Wine Maker. You can also undertake a related degree followed by a postgraduate qualification in oenology. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Laboratory Operations and Food Processing VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and Processing

      59% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    2. Mechanical

      54% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    3. Education and Training

      46% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    4. Chemistry

      44% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    5. Mathematics

      42% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      98% Important

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    2. Exposed to Contaminants

      93% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      91% Important

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    4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      87% Important

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      85% Important

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