Job Status: Filled

Vineyard Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  kroW Recruitment

  Sussex, England



A new and rapidly expanding group of wine estates based in Sussex, is seeking a full-time vineyard manager to work closely with the management team, in-house and sub-contracted vineyard teams to oversee all elements of viticulture and ultimately achieve healthy vines, well-performing vineyards and a high-quality crop.

The right candidate must possess the experience and ambition to continually elevate and develop the fruit quality of our estate vineyards. A practical and thorough understanding of cool-climate viticultural practices is a must, as is a proven track record of achieving crops of uncompromised quality. 

They will need to be able to adapt to the challenging growing conditions of English viticulture. Allied to this, a strong history of management and high degree of organisation will be needed.

The role also demands that the successful candidate will need to adopt flexibility in working hours throughout busy periods during the growing season.  A can-do attitude and proactive mindset are also crucial.  From time to time there will be customers, trade visitors, press and journalists visiting, so the successful candidate needs to be comfortable with being ‘customer’ facing on occasion.

In the vineyard, duties would include:

Full operational oversight of current and prospective vineyards – to include all aspects of viticulture

Full oversight of in-house and contracted labour to ensure high levels of efficiency

Liaison with all viticultural supplier and agronomists

Full financial oversight of all vineyards

Data collection and analysis – weather data, grape & yield analysis, vine monitoring, labour efficiency analysis etc

Oversight of all viticultural Health & Safety practice

Tractor operations where necessary

Preferred qualifications and skills include:

At least 3 years tractor driving with PA1 and ideally both PA2 and PA3 spray tickets.

Experience in managing both in house and contracted workers

A valid UK driving licence

Full eligibility to work in the UK

Forklift user qualification (preferred but not essential)

Towing license (preferred but not essential)

Experience using MS Word and Excel



Competitive salary based on experience

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