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Finding a Wine Industry Job

Updated on June 3, 2015
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Jeff Johnston is a medieval reenactor and avid history fan. He is also the publisher at Living History Publications.

Looking For A Job in The Wine Industry?

Ever considering working in the Wine Industry? Have no idea where to begin? The wine industry is a tough nut to crack, but not impossible. The wine industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world right now, and you don't have to be in Napa Valley to find wineries, they are cropping up all over the place. So if you want a job in a dynamic industry that has plenty of room to grow, and you enjoy the odd glass of wine, then maybe its time to start looking for a job in the wine industry.

Where Start Your Search

There are jobs out there, in Ontario Canada alone there are nearly 7,000 jobs generating more than $100 million in direct wages and salaries1, its big business here, and throughout the world. A career in the wine industry can be rewarding and bring great job satisfaction for fans of wine and meads. The Wine industry in North America is growing rapidly, even in this recession wine is doing fairly well, this includes meaderies, but how does one break into the wine industry.

In the US, in 2008 there were an estimated 24,093 people working in the industry, with a combined payroll of $1.24 Billion. The industry in the US is booming, and even during the recession employment in the industry is only falling 10%. Wine producers in the US produce over 2.44 Litres of wine per year.

Breaking into the wine industry is difficult, but not impossible. The fact is wineries are growing, and in any growth industry there are jobs, you just have to look and be persistent. If you want to work in a tasting room, there are jobs a plenty, and if you are a good salesperson and can talk up the product you'll be sure to go places. The tasting room is one of the few jobs you can get in the wine industry without much previous experience or specialized education, although training as a somellier will certainly help you get your foot in the door. A variety of colleges offer Somellier Certification programs, Niagara College is probably the most well known program in Canada.

If you wanted to get more into the winemaking aspect of the business then you will need more education and experience. Once again Niagara College is probably your best bet. Their Winery and Viticulture Technician program is world renowned.

Of course Niagara College isn't the only player, many colleges and universities offer brewing, vinting, and somellier courses, research into nearby colleges might find you what you are looking for for education.

Of course you may have experience enough, or the education already, so now its just the job hunt. Job hunting is always stressful, but if you know where to look you can reduce your stress considerably. There are a few sites you can go to to look for wine jobs:

© 2012 Jeff Johnston

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      Cannon 2 years ago

      Son of a gun, this is so hefllup!

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      CircleSquare1 4 years ago

      Very good lens, interesting topic. I am considering a career change now!

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      BillyPilgrim LM 5 years ago

      I would enjoy it, but would be tempted to take home some free samples...x

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      angmatthews 5 years ago

      Useful information! I think I would really enjoy working at a Winery.

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      Jeff Johnston 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      @vinoenology: typo fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.

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      vinoenology 5 years ago

      Nice one! Just one correction the site is instead of VinoEcology.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      interesting lens, thanks for the information

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      moonlitta 5 years ago

      I love your focused approach and quality information and resources (not to mention, I love the good wine, too)...;)