Vineyard Manager’s Responsibilities: How Many Hats Do You Wear?

In my last post “A Vineyard Manager’s Work is Never Done This Time of Year” I described the many things that are keeping me busy almost 7 days a week. I made a list of various duties. But what really are the responsibilities of a vineyard manager?

Vineyard Manager’s Responsibilities

Job #1 and primary responsibility for a vineyard manager:

  • Direct and oversee the entire farming operation relative to the many facets of grape growing for both wine and table grapes. In many instances the vineyard manager works directly for a winery or production facility, but the manager can also work for small independent growers and also larger vineyard management companies
  • The manager will be responsible for and should have knowledge of staff supervision
  • Farm equipment
  • Irrigation systems
  • Wine tasting
  • Contracts
  • Budget preparation and analysis
  • Staff training
  • Crew supervision
  • Government laws and regulations
  • Pesticides
  • Establishing goals and objectives for the farming operation
  • Payroll
  • Accounts payable
  • Receivables
  • Inventory
  • Fluency in Spanish is not a must but an understanding of the language is extremely important

Vineyard Manager Requirements?

  • The vineyard manager usually has several years of experience farming grapes
  • Either a degree in viticulture or related fields, or has accumulated numerous years of experience working in the field
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