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Winery Worker

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Bottling Attendant, Cellarhand and Vineyard Hand.

Winery workers are involved in growing grapes and making, bottling, warehousing, packaging, distributing and selling wine in Australia and overseas.

A winery worker may be involved in all aspects of vineyard and cellar work or may specialise in one or more areas, such as cellar work, bottling, laboratory work, vineyard work, warehousing and packing, cellar door sales or export orders, depending on the size and type of winery.


    Winery workers may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare soil, plant vines and cultivate and fertilise crops
  • construct wire trellises to support vines and fruit
  • control weeds, diseases and pests
  • assist with grape picking and, after harvest, vine pruning
  • assist in making wine by operating equipment to crush and ferment the grapes
  • assist in bottle fermentation by twining (turning the bottles) and re- topping during the process (for sparkling wines)
  • operate equipment to clarify and filter wine
  • make additions to wine, and blend and transfer wine during maturation
  • prepare wine for bottling
  • assist with barrel work and racking
  • assist with bottling, corking and general cleaning
  • assist in forwarding export orders
  • operate cellar door, including sales and administration


  • enjoy practical activities
  • able to undertake manual work
  • able to work quickly and reliably
  • good with numbers
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • safety-conscious

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Outdoor


Winery Supervisor - provides on-the-job training to less experienced employees. Duties may include supervising process operations and coordinating the activities of workers; collecting, analysing and presenting statistical data; and carrying out environmental management programmes including food safety and occupational health and safety procedures.


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a winery worker without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have relevant qualifications.

You may like to consider a VOC qualification in wine industry operations or a related course. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

You can also become a winery worker through a traineeship in Wine Industry Operations.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Food Processing Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.

    If you are over 18 years of age, you can undertake training to obtain a licence to Perform High Risk Work to operate a forklift or boiler, which may improve your employment prospects. See the separate entries for Forklift Operator or Machine Operator (Non-metal products) for more details.


Most employment is in NSW, SA, Victoria and WA, with smaller wine industries present in Queensland and Tasmania. Wineries vary in size from small operations (perhaps family-owned) to large companies employing many people.

Most positions for winery workers are seasonal and on a casual basis, with the strongest demand over the pruning and harvesting periods in the abovementioned states. Formal training will enhance your long- term career prospects.

Employment for cellar door attendants is linked to the wine tourism industry.

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Job Outlook for Winery Worker Winemakers' Federation of Australia Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology

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