A vineyard manager is responsible for the management of day-to-day vineyard operations, from helping with the wine-making process to budgeting to preparing vineyard events. Job responsibilities of a vineyard manager include managing and performing activities to do with harvesting of the grapes such as cultivating, pruning, planting, and irrigating the grapes and vineyards, dealing with pest control, spraying of pesticides and pest control products, developing and implementing a plan for where the grapes should be grown, protecting the vineyards from erosion, frost and other external environmental issues, determining a budget and keeping track of production levels, maintaining the business side of the vineyard, preparing vineyard events such as wine tasting and vineyard tours, hiring, managing and training staff, and interacting with distributors, customers, and guests.
A bachelor's degree in agriculture or a related field is required to be a vineyard manager. Helpful job skills include knowledge of the industry, strong communication skills, great management and leadership abilities, strong problem-solving skills, strong critical thinking abilities, attention to detail, and great organizational skills. The future job market outlook for a vineyard manager is strong.