Most of us will be celebrating Worker’s Day (or May Day) on 1 May. Thinking about the privilege of working in the world of wine, I made a list of what must be the most desirable jobs in wine!
Even if you don’t know a thing about wine, there definitely is some prestige in introducing yourself as the winemaker of:
or perhaps the cellarmaster finalising the blend for a Chateauneuf du Pape?!
Enjoying the romance of wine, but finding the cellar too stuffy? Perhaps you are more of an outdoorsy person? How about being the viticulturist at Romanée- Conti! The terroir of Vosne is supposed to be the best for the ultimate ripening of grapes, ” higher in the west than in the east, it receives the first rays of the sun in all seasons…” (Wikipedia)
Or you could try working in the vineyards of the Loire Valley, Champagne or Burgundy, known for soils with exceptional Kimmeridgian clay and limestone.
Really into soil? Have a look at some of the best places for you to work!
If you are more interested in how the wine taste, why not become a Sommelier? Then it is your job to taste wine and find the ultimate food and wine matches. What is not to love about that?! How about being the Sommelier at Aureole Restaurant in Las Vegas?
“Sure enough, the wine here is the attraction. But how can you handle 60,000 bottles of the precious elixir? Building a tower — 42 feet of glass and steel, storing 10,000 bottles — was the solution of designer Adam Tihany who, upon the request of Charlie Palmer (of Aureole New York fame), created a restaurant for the century. The centerpiece of this modern-age, sleek-and-chic black, white and metallic gastronomic temple is this monument dedicated to the glory of wine. Wines can be paired with individual dishes, but if you wish to make your own selection, don’t expect to peruse the wine list, at least not in the traditional form. An electronic slate brought to your table will, at the touch of your fingers, converse with you even if you are not wine-savvy.”
Having so many wines can be a bit intimidating though! Perhaps you would rather be in marketing? Being a brand ambassador can require you to buy into the brand’s associations and lifestyle. No one will complain when that is Krug! From parfumeurs to magazine editors to jazz singers agree… (Read more) Just make sure you stay true to the brand owners’ expectations, otherwise you can find yourself in a Jay-Z Cristal dilemma!
Tourism has opened up to the world of wine and if you love to travel or inspire others to, perhaps being a tour guide in the Winelands is your calling! The South African Winelands would be your ultimate destination with a big variety and exceptional offering, but of course there are many other parts of the globe to explore. The Great Wine Capitals of the World association gives some great suggestions – from Chile to Rioja!
And if all this thinking about work is too tiresome for Worker’s Day, let’s rather pour a glass of wine!