How to become a wine merchant
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- a graduate training scheme
- a professional course from a private training provider
You could start in the wine trade as a sales assistant for an off-licence chain, a wine wholesalers or a supermarket.
Experience and qualifications gained through the hospitality sector may be useful in this role.
Business, sales and marketing experience may also be useful.
You can apply directly to get into this job. You'll usually need retail experience and extensive product knowledge to be an independent wine merchant.
You could start work with a large wine retailer as a graduate management trainee, if you have a degree. Employers will accept most subjects.
You could also take training through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust to build up your knowledge of the industry.
The ability to speak French, Spanish, Portuguese, German or Italian might be useful for working with overseas wine exporters.
You'll find more advice about working in wine retail through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.