Vineyard Apprentice (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Oastbrook Estates Ltd (

  Bodiam, East Sussex, England


If you are passonate about a career in viticulture, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Vineyard Apprentice to join Oastbrook Estate and be part of the English Wine revolution.

Our vines are situated on a sandstone ridge in the picturesque Rother Valley. The goal is to achieve the highest possible quality and standards of grape production for the creation of our own label world class, award winning Sparkling and Still wines.

The successful candidate will work very closely with the owner and head viticulturist, America Brewer in all aspects of Vineyard management, from pruning to harvesting. The role would suit someone who is comfortable with physical work and has experience of working outside in an agricultural role. Tractor driving experience would be desirable. Crucial to this role however is a positive attitude and a proactive mindset. We will pay for certified training at Plumpton College and full practical support will be given. The role also demands flexibility in working hours during busy periods throughout the growing season, such as during harvest (October) and in the Summer months. Duties will include:-

§  Tractor operations, mowing, mulching, trimming and spraying etc

§  Viticultural work, pruning, canopy management and data collection

§  Vineyard Infrastructure Maintenance, Machinery/Equipment care, trellis and fencing repairs

§  Supervision of contract labour teams

§  Tractor driving, tour trailer

§  Winery work during off season - disgorging, labelling etc

§  Other farm/estate and winery work during quieter periods of the Viticulture season

§  Assistance with hospitality business as required


§  Essential Requirements:

§  Full UK drivers’ licence

§  Full right to work in the UK

§  Good English Speaking & Writing

§  Resilience to working outside in changeable conditions throughout the year



Benefits:  On Site Parking and Generous Staff Discounts.

This role is a full-time position and ideally could be filled by January 2020 in time to start a course at Plumpton in March.



Salary will be representative of experience

How To Apply

Please email America Brewer with a CV and covering letter that may be in email format

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