It's a grape career!
Viticulturists may find themselves working in vineyard pruning, trellising, canopy management, and irrigation; grapevine fertilization and mineral nutrition; grape varietal breeding, propagation, and selection; pest management and disease control through rootstock selection, pesticide use, and other vineyard management practices; or agriculturaleconomics, marketing, and quality control. Because people are becoming more and more concerned about the environment and health, viticulturists today often find themselves working with government regulations and in international marketing.
Viticulturists don't just work in California—all 50 states have wineries. Interest in grape production has increased tremendously throughout the United States, which has created opportunities and challenges in new production areas. Viticulturists work for wineries, wine grape growers, growers and processors of raisin and table grapes, and juice processors.Opportunities are expanding for both hands-on viticulturists and for those in research and development as the industry improves vineyard management methods, harvesting techniques, environmental protection, water conservation, yield, quality, and regulatory compliance.
Viticulture appeals to many types of people—from the outdoors person to the laboratoryscientist, from the economist to the wine lover, from the ecologist to the engineer. Many educational disciplines and interests combine well with a basic agricultural and plant science education, and such combinations offer opportunities in specialized areas of viticulture.
In high school take courses in the sciences, basic agriculture, and communications. Develop your own special interests as you go through school.
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