Harvest Cellar Hand for 2022 UK vintage (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )


  Ridgeview Wine Estate (http://www.ridgeview.co.uk/jobs/)

  Near Ditchling Common, Sussex, England

A unique opportunity for Vintage Cellar Hands to join Ridgeview, a multi award-winning English Sparkling Wine producer in Sussex. You’ll play a vital and vibrant role in our 2022 harvest and gain unrivalled experience at the cutting edge of sparkling winemaking in the UK.



Ridgeview has been producing world-class sparkling wine for over 25 years. Considered pioneers of the English Sparkling Wine Industry, our state-of-the-art winery and established vineyards (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) are based in the heart of the South Downs National Park, with breath-taking views of the surrounding area. We are proud to be certified by Wines GB as a sustainable vineyard and winery, and we invest in the latest, innovative equipment to minimise our impact on the natural world whilst crafting the highest quality sparkling wine around.  We are also proud winners of IWSC Winemaker of the Year award in 2018.


Ridgeview is a family business built on a strong sense of teamwork. We believe in passion, a sense of purpose and a commitment to excellence. Ridgeview lives and breathes a family ethos, valuing all our staff as individuals, with a unique story and an important role to play. We are a vibrant and diverse team who make great things happen, together.


You’ll be working in a close-knit team, collaborating towards a common goal, and using your own laser sharp initiative. You’ll carry out racking and transfers, ferment inoculations and chaptalizing. There will be an exciting variety with the opportunity to experience three different styles of pressing (including Ridgeview’s Coquard PAI traditional press), working with one of the most experienced English sparkling winemakers in the country.

There will be fruit sources received from exceptional vineyards across the whole of Southern England and you’ll witness the entire harvest process as part of our small, skilled and supportive team. You’ll pull together with general cellar work, tank and equipment cleaning, assisting in maintaining winery cleanliness, and most importantly, celebrate success together.


You thrive in a team environment, are eager to learn and develop and are excited to bring your own skills and experience to Ridgeview.

 You will also ideally have the following experience:

  • Are confident and comfortable with the tasks outlined above
  • Have worked at least two harvests as a cellar hand
  • Experience in chemical sanitisation of tanks and equipment is an advantage
  • Be available for around four to eight weeks from mid to end of September (actual dates to be confirmed nearer the time as will be dependent on grapes ripening)
  • Flexibility with additional hours required depending on harvest
  • Your own right to work in the UK
  •  Lab experience in a winery is an advantage
  • Are able to work 8–12 hour shifts, 6 days per week dependent on the harvest


We’d love to introduce ourselves! To find out more about who we are and what makes us tick, click on the links below:

 Harvest – Behind the Scenes

 Wellbeing at Work

 Diversity and Inclusion


Ridgeview – A Glimpse Behind the Scenes




A very competitive hourly rate
The opportunity to work within an award-winning business as part of a pioneering, proactive and friendly team, at the forefront of the English Wine Industry
A unique experience to see the whole process, working alongside our Head Winemaker, Simon Roberts with over 25 years of experience
Your working hours will be spent in a stunning vineyard with unrivalled views of the South Downs
A contract for the harvest period (actual date is grape ripening dependent)
Accommodation can be found (at cost) for those outside of area
A hot meal provided each shift
Staff discounts while on contract
To be part of something amazing for the future of English winemaking

How To Apply

Please apply via our website www.ridgeview.co.uk/jobs

If you need any adjustments to allow you to access this application process please email [email protected]

Ridgeview Wine Estate has a fundamental and passionately held commitment to ensuring that our workforce truly represents society, encouraging everyone to be best that they can be through celebrating and encouraging the uniqueness that every individual can bring through diversity. We welcome all to join us on this inclusive journey. We are proud to be Disability Confident (Committed)

Ridgeview has committed to the decision-making strategies of B-Corporation and are currently underway in our accreditation process. The high standards of B-Corp include transparent governance, promoting sustainable and profitable working practices, supporting our local and industry community along with providing our staff, customers, suppliers and stakeholders with a purpose as a force for good. Ridgeview measure our performance against these standards and work to continuously improve the ethics of our business.

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