Wine, Like A Girl
Did you know that one out of three women are wine aficionados? But only one in seven are vintners? This was a primary reason for our interest in developing a recognized non profit organization: grapegirls.org. The wine industry is a multi- billion dollar business which impacts the environment, property owners, families, the work place, law enforcement and governments, all potential game changers. This space is designed to invest in young women and get you interested in the plethora of opportunities involved in the wine industry as: Vintners, Teachers, Distributors, Wine Studio Founders, Historians and Journalists. Learn and grow with us. Find new venues, share the wine narrative, taste new flavors, explore the possibilities. It all begins with the grapes.
White? Red? What Are The Steps To Becoming A Vintner
Becoming a vintner is not a straight or standard course. A vintner is defined as a person who sells or produces wine. Although a formal education in a winemaking is not required it is one way path toward and recognition into the wine trade.
Another solution is to learn from an established winery and apply for a position as an intern or apprentice, this way you can learn the business from the ground up. Earning a degree and having solid experience as an intern had its advantages such as gaining entrance to the various trade networks this can be invaluable and open doors which would other wise may be closed to you.
Enology and Viticulture are the two degrees offered by universities around the country. These degree programs are designed to produce future wine professionals. Enology, may also spelled oenology, ( the science of winemaking. ) Viticulture is the science of growing of wine grapes; it is may be referred to as viniculture.
Depending on the school focus, some degree programs may overlap. A few programs focus more on the business aspects of the wine trade, while others specialize more on the technical minutia and details of winemaking. Other degree programs provide a solid grounding in both. Some schools may offer offer a two-year program in viticulture, winemaking, and the wine trade.
The demand for interns is highest when grapes are harvested and crushed, the autumn months - September through November, in the southern hemisphere from March through the middle of June. One can find online wine-industry job boards, wine organizations, and wine publications advertising internship opportunities. Contact winers directly about "harvest intern" positions.
What To Expect
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY
Internship opportunities allow people interest in wine making to get down and dirty with the process hands on is what you can expect. Interns may do everything from driving a forklift, grape pressing, deterring, or monitoring fermentation, and so much more depending on the wine maker and how large the company your interning is. Know your strength limits, the ability to lift at least 454 lbs. (22.67 kg) is often a requirement for the job.
Are You Ready For The Challenge?
A person interested in becoming a vintner has an unabashed love of grapes their history and their creation. Be patient with yourself and tenacious with your dream. Getting your hands dirty is the least of it. Do you pride your self on knowing the details? Are you technically and mechanically inclined? Are you a problem solver? All of these skills are required of successful vintners, you may have to lend a hand fixing equipment or processing an order!
I Don't Need A Degree
If formal training is not for you the purchase of an existing winery may be a solution. You will need help and the expertise of industry insiders to be successful don't be afraid to ask for help every good student raises his hand! A negative to this road taken is to this path is that the financial burden is usually heavier than most people can afford to carry or take on. Know the risks before hand. A positive side to this is that winery owners can hire winemakers and other experts to assist them on the road to becoming successful, respected, vintners.