Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Haygrove Evolution Ltd

  Ledbury, Herefordshire, England

Haygrove Evolution Ltd, award winning producers of Sixteen Ridges Wine and Once Upon A Tree Cider & Perry are seeking an experienced winemaker to join the team based at their winery in Ledbury, Herefordshire.


Haygrove Evolution Ltd was established in 2015. We are producers of wine and cider for our own brands and produce under contract for local growers. Our winery production is growing; our biggest season so far saw circa 400 tonnes of apples, and 125 tonnes of grapes being processed.


We currently produce a range of sparkling and still wines under the Sixteen Ridges Wine brand which have been recognised with numerous awards over the years, and a range of fresh juice ciders, innovative co-ferments and dessert ciders under the brand of Once Upon A Tree.  Again, many of these have won awards and high profile in the craft cider scene.


A large part of our production is dedicated to our contract winemaking and cidermaking, and we see this has potential for considerable growth over the coming years.


We are part of the dynamic and fast growing Haygrove group. A family business which has become a world leader in fruit growing and crop protection systems across 40 countries.

 We offer a competitive salary with on the job and professional training opportunities and the opportunity to be part of a young and now established business with good infrastructure and a determined vision for growth.

Keen to make your mark in the UK wine and Cider industries. You will have several years of experience in making sparkling and still wines and hold relevant qualifications to degree level.  You will have experience in managing a production team and you should have experience of SALSA and WSB requirements and audits.

We can adapt the role to the candidate.  It could be to lead operational excellence or the business, for there is an excellent consultant Simon Day, production assistant and office support in place.  We are ambitious.  Reporting to the Chairman’s office you will be responsible for the operation and management of the winery; quality control; production forecasts and planning; NPD; Contract client liaison and tastings; liaising with contracted growers; social media content and marketing support for brands, including attending trade or public shows and events where necessary; all record keeping, declarations and audits with external bodies and for legal compliance; H&S control in winery; winery staff supervision, training and recruitment.  Potential involvement in grapevine sales and client consultancy, depending upon experience.


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