From conception to fruition, wine is an amazing thing. If you truly sit back and think about the time and attention that goes into the production of each bottle of wine it is truly a feat of Gods. From grapes at the vineyard to wine in the bottle, the people in the wine profession have a handle on perfection.
The process of wine production is a behind the scenes talent. There are commonly many people who work on/with each bottle that you never knew existed.
COOPER – A cooper is a producer of wooden barrels, casks and other wooden objects of use in the wine industry.
NEGOCIANT – A negociant is a wine merchant who collects wines and produce from smaller, relatively unknown farmers and wine makers and sells them under his own name.
SOMMELIER – A sommelier is a wine specialist that works, usually, in a restaurant. He/she will commonly be in charge of creating the wine menu, teaching servers about wine characteristics and choices and offering wine options to patrons.
VINTNER – A vintner is a wine merchant or producer.
VITICULTURIST – A viticulturist specializes in the grape vine. They are usually employed by vineyards to manage the growth of the vines through water, feed and pruning regulation.
WINEMAKER – A winemaker is a person who makes wine. They may be formally trained but it is not required.
GARAGISTA – A garagista is a person who makes wine in their garage (basement or home). This term for an amateur winemaker is also used as a derogatory slang for small scale winemakers of recent inception or without proper lineage.
OENOLOGIST – An oenologist is a wine scientist or chemist. Some winemakers are trained as oenologists but most simply employ them as a consultant in wine production.
HARVEST ENOLOGIST – A harvest enologist is similar to an oenologist. The enologist works directly with fermentations, wine and juice analysis and harvest management.
WINE TASTER – A wine taster is a person who whether through training or natural gift is able to analyze a wine’s color, aroma, flavor, and feel in the mouth.
VINEYARD WORKER – A vineyard worker helps maintain a vineyard and harvest grapes for wine production.
From the time a grape vine buds until those grapes reach the aged level of a vintage wine, there are many unseen facets in winemaking. Some fine wines are made in Napa and other in your very own basement, but no matter the creation spot of a fine wine the process is still remarkable.
“Wine Jobs.” Wine Business. 7 June 2007. 7 June 2007 http://winebusiness.com/services/index.cfm