Occasionally, when I am asked what I do and I respond, “I’m a winemaker”, I still get asked what it is I do? I always respond, a little perplexed, “I make wine.” It seems to be so simple in my mind but perhaps it is not to everyone. So when this month’s cover of Wine Enthusiast showed up in my inbox, I had to rethink my simplistic definition.
Is this a winemaker?
Now I know what I think the definition of a winemaker is but I’m very interested in hearing your opinions. What is a winemaker? Is it different depending on what part of the industry you are in? What if you are not in the industry? What is that person’s definition of a winemaker? Does it bring to mind the farmer type walking down foggy vineyard rows at dawn or does it bring to mind celebrities such as Kate Hudson, who graces the cover of Wine Enthusiast this month? Do you have to actually be pulling hoses or can you be a consultant who drops in 3 days a year to check on things to be a winemaker?
In my opinion, a winemaker is the primary person making the day to day decisions about the winemaking process. However, I could see how the person who owns a small winery would think of themselves as a winemaker even if they are not trained and working as one.
Please leave a comment to let me know what you think a winemaker is. I can’t wait to see how you, my readers, define this.