Vineyard cellar master

A wine cellar


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.

The duties of a vineyard cellar master include, but are not limited to:

  • Calculating yield based on the amount of fruit used in each batch of wine
  • Conducting research and developing new wine blends based on consumer trends or special occasions
  • Evaluating vineyard conditions, such as soil quality and exposure to sunlight, to determine optimal grape growing conditions
  • Creating marketing materials such as brochures and brochures that promote the winery’s products and services to consumers
  • Participating in tastings and other activities to promote the winery’s products to consumers
  • Creating a budget for new wines, including labor costs for harvesting, processing, bottling, and shipping the finished product
  • Cultivating grapes or other ingredients used in making wine
  • Developing or maintaining relationships with suppliers of grape varieties or other ingredients used to make wine
  • Conducting wine tastings and other activities at events to promote the winery’s products to consumers

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to vineyard cellar master:

cellar master of a vineyard
winery supervisor

Working conditions

Vineyard cellar masters makers work in wineries, which are usually located in rural areas. They may also work in vineyards, where they oversee the grapes’ growth and development.

Vineyard cellar masters typically work long hours, including weekends and holidays, especially during the grape-growing and wine-making seasons. They often work early mornings and late nights to monitor the progress of the grapes and the wine.

Vineyard cellar masters may have to lift heavy barrels and equipment and stand for long periods of time. They also may be exposed to strong fumes and chemicals.

Minimum qualifications

No formal educational credential is generally required to work as vineyard cellar master. However, a high school is recommended. Some winemakers choose to pursue a two-year associate degree in enology or viticulture. These programs teach students about the science of winemaking, including chemistry, biology, microbiology and agriculture.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Vineyard cellar master is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Vineyard cellar master career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to vineyard cellar master.

vineyard manager
mixed farmer
vineyard supervisor
agronomic crop production team leader
crop production manager

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of vineyard cellar master. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of vineyard cellar master with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

viticulture adviser
grants administrator
passport officer
licensing officer
fire protection technician

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of vineyard cellar master.

  • 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.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of vineyard cellar master.

  • 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.
  • Manage cellar stocks: Ensure that cellar stocks are audited regularly. Deal with any issues in line with organisational 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 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.
  • Advise on wine quality improvement: Advise on wine quality improvement especially related to technical aspects of vineyard cultivation.
  • 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.
  • 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. Minimise damage to bottles, containers, packaging or their content from handling by you or your staff.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clean drink dispense lines: Remove dirt and disinfect drink dispense lines on a regular basis, in line with operational procedures.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of vineyard cellar master. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Organic farming: Principles, techniques and regulations of organic farming. Organic farming or ecological agriculture is an agricultural production method, which places a strong emphasis on environmental protection and ecological balance.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of vineyard cellar master. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • 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 relations with regular follow-up procedures.
  • Use different communication channels: Make use of various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the purpose of constructing and sharing ideas or information.
  • 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.
  • Ensure proper document management: Guarantee that the tracking and recording standards and rules for document management are followed, such as ensuring that changes are identified, that documents remain readable and that obsoleted documents are not used.

ISCO group and title

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Last updated on October 27, 2022

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