Grape picking can be a very repetitive and tiring job that can lack intellectual stimulation . Work will typically involve strip picking grapes or sorting and packing grapes. If you haven’t had prior experience picking grapes, you will be taught the correct technique onsite. Understanding the correct picking technique will make you more efficient as a picker which will result in a bigger pay cheque, which will mean more money to go travelling!
Grapes should only be picked when fully ripe and mature to ensure they develop full flavor. The best indications of ripeness are colour and flavour of the grapes. The natural bloom on the grape will become noticeable at the fully-ripe stage, and the berries will become slightly less firm to the touch.To pick the grapes use a pruning shear, cut each cluster from the vine, try to handle them as little as possible. The clusters of grapes will be stored in basket or container and then transported back to the packing sheds by one of the carriers. Grapes will keep for several weeks if they are picked carefully and stored in a very cool, well-ventilated place. Remember to as your farmer or working hostel for any handy tips or hints.
Grape Picking Locations
Leeton Tanunda Tumbarumba Rutherglen
Robinvale Myrtleford Angaston Busselton
Mildura Nyah Emerald Clare
Swan Hill Wentworth Launceston Lyndoch
Gayndah Euston Barmera Nuriootpa
Mundubbera Gol Gol Albany Adelaide Hills
Margaret River Young Bourke Gingin
Stanthorpe Tooleybuc Denmark Beechworth
Griffith St George Penola Yarra Valley
Hillston Langhorne Creek Jugiong Cunnamulla
Berri Waikerie Frankland Coonawarra
Loxton Cadell Mount Barker Orange
McLaren Vale Renmark Huonville Ti Tree
Carnarvon Paringa New Norfolk Swan Valley
Manjimup Echuca Richmond Hunter Valley
Things you’ll need
Work will be in hot conditions so remember to stay cool and hydrated unless you’re working in a Greenhouse.
- Non slip sturdy footwear.
- Long Pants or Shorts
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Broad Brimmed Hat
Did you know?
The average person eats approximately eight pounds of grapes per year. We wouldn’t suggest eating that all that at once, over consuming grapes in known to give a laxative effect…
People new to fruit picking typically take a couple of days to develop their picking technique. As workers are usually paid per bin/bucket pay is typically lower in the first few days of work. Once the technique has been perfected, picking efficiency increases and in turn quantities picked and pay. Pickers can earn up to $200 per day in some regions if the harvest is great!