If you've never given a thought to a career in oenology, perhaps it's because you don't know what oenology is, exactly. Don't worry — oenology is the study of winemaking. Many of us dream of winning the lottery, leaving our 9-to-5 lives behind and moving to France or Italy and buying a winery. Living on a vineyard among the grapes and vines, creating your own label and hosting tasting events sounds like the dream life. For most of us, though, it's a nearly impossible dream.
However, you don't have to own a winery to be a winemaker. Someone else might own the winery, but many owners hire someone to oversee day-to-day operations and run the business. You'll need experience, though. Basic requirements include a degree in oenology, technical experience in winemaking (perhaps as an apprentice) and overall knowledge of the different varieties of grapes. It's all worth it, though, if wine is your passion. And the taste testing and learning is definitely a great side benefit.