Cape Town Wineries
Job Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Employment Date: Semester Long
Work Schedule: Full-time
Interns will be
placed at one of the many dynamic, entrepreneurial Cape Town area
wineries depending on winery need and availability and the applicant's
According to Wines of South Africa (http://www.wosa.co.za
"The Cape wine growing areas, situated in the narrow viticulture zone
of the southern hemisphere, mainly have a Mediterranean climate and the
mountain slopes and valleys form the ideal habitat for the wine grape
Vitis vinifera, the products of which have given pleasure to man for
many centuries. Long, sun-drenched summers and mild, wet winters
contribute to the ideal conditions for viticulture at the Cape...
Liberated by the advent of democracy, the South African wine industry
has grown by 335% between 1995 and 2007."
As in other New
World countries, viticulturists are hard at work matching vine varieties
to soils and meso-climates in order to achieve the best results.
Vineyard life in South Africa is similar to Europe's although South
Africa's viticultural year begins in September. While preparations for
the vintage are being made in Europe, the vines in South Africa are just
beginning to bud.
January in the
Cape heralds the beginning of summer and, as the temperatures increase,
early grape varieties begin to ripen. The bulk of the harvest takes
place in February and the sugar/acid ratio of the grapes is checked
daily so that each variety is harvested at optimum ripeness. In most
South African vineyards harvesting is carried out by hand, although
machines are used on some farms. The grapes are picked into baskets and
transported in bins to the winery where vinification begins."
· There are two separate internship possibilities within the Cape Town wineries.
· Marketing and Business Administration:
a marketing and business administrative intern, you will be involved in
the process of marketing the wine label. You will also participate in
the behind-the-scenes administrative process that keeps a wine estate
operational. Wineries will occasionally host special events and interns
will be expected to participate in such functions. Overall, this
internship will give you a great feel for the inter-workings of a South
African wine estate and the delicate task of marketing a wine label.
Those who apply for this internship should enjoy working with a team and
not hesitate to get their hands dirty when asked to do so. An intern
should also appreciate the difference between a good and bad tasting
viticulture internship position is for an applicant interested in wine
making. As a viticulture intern, you will participate in the grape
harvest and experience the wine making process from vine to bottle.
Since the harvest season takes place between January and April, this is a
seasonal internship position. Similar to the marketing internship
description, expect to gain a unique understanding of the wine making
process that the normal wine aficionado will never experience.
Qualifications: Agricultural sciences, business, marketing, food sciences, viticulture
Required: An ability to improvise and get your hands dirty
Preferred: Previous experience with marketing and/or wine making
Language Ability Needed: English. Interns should also be willing to learn some basic Afrikaans to communicate with farm workers.
Duration of Internship: 10 weeks The
marketing and business internship is available year-round. The
viticulture internship is only available January through April, when the
Cape’s grape harvest occurs Internship found at: http://ie3global.ous.edu/positions/cptwineries/