Winemaker; information on vocational training

The winemaker's field of activity extends to environmentally friendly and quality-oriented viticulture, wine development in the cellar and wine marketing. In all this work, the routine handling and use of machinery and equipment is a matter of course.

Description

The labour market offers good career opportunities for qualified specialists. The training usually lasts three years. Under certain conditions, the duration of training can be shortened to 24 months.

Training centres / inter-company training
In Bavaria, the first year of training takes the form of a full-time basic vocational school year. No training contract has to be concluded for the basic vocational school year; the contract between the training company and the trainee is only concluded for the second and third training year. During the in-company training, the trainee must attend vocational school one day per week. One weekly course each on "Towing Technology", "Welding" and "Cellar Management" as well as eight individual training days are part of the inter-company training.
Addresses of recognised training companies can be obtained from the training adviser at the LWG.

Company organisation / technology

  • Planning of production, preparation, execution and control of the work to be done in the winegrowing operation, including recording of costs.
  • Routine handling of machines and equipment for the necessary work in the vineyard and cellar
    Quality-oriented and environmentally friendly planting, care and use of vines Working and caring for the soil with the aim of sustainably promoting soil fertility, planting vines and environmentally friendly care of the vines
  • Quality-oriented and environmentally friendly preparation of wine
  • Evaluation of the grapes and carrying out the grape harvest, mash, must and wine treatment, fermentation management for red and white wine, preparing wine for bottling and sterile bottling
  • Sensory monitoring of must and wine
    Marketing of wine
  • Sensory evaluation of wine, presenting wine in a sales-promoting manner, preparing wine tastings, assisting with customer advice, accepting and completing customer orders

Examinations
In order to determine the level of knowledge, an intermediate examination in written and practical form takes place during the in-company training period. The vocational training ends with the final examination to become a winemaker. In the final examination, the skills and knowledge acquired in the areas of "viticulture", "cellar management" and "marketing" are tested practically, in writing and orally.

Career opportunities
Some of them will later work as self-employed winegrowers by taking over their parents' business. Winemakers also find other fields of work as employees in wineries, cooperatives and in the wine trade.

Further training opportunities

  • Technical college for viticulture and cellar management (Veitshöchheim)
  • Master vintner
  • Technician for viticulture and cellar management (Veitshöchheim)
  • Bachelor or Master studies e.g.: Viticulture and Oenology; Viticulture and Beverage Technology

Prerequisites

Secondary school leaving certificate or secondary modern school leaving certificate and attendance of the basic vocational school year in agriculture or A-levels or completed vocational training.

Deadlines

Training usually begins on September 1 of each year.

Required documents

  • Apprenticeship contract
  • Resume
  • last school report

Fees

  • none

Status: 25.11.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerische Landesanstalt für Weinbau und Gartenbau

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