Grape Farmer, Viniculturist, Grape Cultivator

Minimum ? Preferably 5th standard pass

Will be updated

The tasks a Viniculturist is expected to perform include:

Choosing the appropriate grape variety according to the market and weather conditions

Selecting and purchasing vine stock, fertilizer and farm machinery

Overseeing planting, pruning, harvesting, pest and weed control

Operating vineyard equipment

Planning the layout of new plantings and training young stock

Liaising with the buyers for sale of crop

Efficient in hiring and supervising the workers

Skilled in laying out new plantings and training young stock

Adept at operating farm machinery

Specialize in grapevine fertilization, mineral nutrition, grape varietals breeding, propagation and selection

Skilled in pest and disease management

Expert in optimal harvesting

Skilled in marketing and sales

Knowledge of the latest development and technology in the field

Proficient in basic arithmetic


Not applicable

Manual dexterity

Physically fit

Attention to detail

Ability to work independently

Ability to take risks

Hardworking and persistent



Ability to negotiate

It is not a desk job

Work from home is not applicable for this profile

Requires supervising seasonal workers and full-time helpers

Part-time and contractual jobs maybe available

Travelling is not part of the job

Working hours

No fixed working hours

Overtime is common during harvesting season

Shift system maybe applicable as per the vineyard norms

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?


This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

Health risks include exposure to extreme temperatures, pesticides, fertilizers, chemicals, dust, etc.

Occupational hazards include body pain, injury to body and accidents caused while using machinery or other sharp equipment

For daily wage workers - 91 to 240 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Viniculture in India1

Grape cultivation is one of the most remunerative farming enterprises in India. In rest of the world, grapes are grown mainly for wine making. Contrary to this, in India remarkable success has been achieved in table grape production and the yield levels of fresh grapes are among highest in the world. The total area of grape cultivation in India is approximately 62,000 ha with annual production of 1.6 million tons.

In India, about 78% of the total production is used for fresh consumption. Important export markets are the UK, Holland, Germany, and Middle Eastern countries. About 17-20% of grapes are used to produce raisins; with approximately 1.5% being processed into juice and about 1% used for wine making.

Interest in grape production has increased tremendously throughout India, which has created tremendous opportunities for Viniculturists. Viniculturists may work for wineries, growers of grapes for wine production, growers and processors of raisins and table grapes, or juice processors.



Grape farm owners

Job openings are in Nashik, Sangli, Solapur, Pune, Satara, Latur and Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra; Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Mahbubnagar, Anantapur and Medak districts of Andhra Pradesh; and Bijapur, Bagalkot, Belgaum, Gulberga districts of northern Karnataka /aboutignou/school/soa/programmes/detail/29/2

Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1 New Delhi ? 110012, Tel: 011-25843014, Fax-011-25843014

Krishi Vigyan Kendra across India

The National Research Centre for Grapes (ICAR)?Pune Manjiri Farm, P.B. No. 3, P. O. Solapur Road, Pune ? 412307, Tel: 020 2695 6000