Job Status: Filled

Assistant Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Wiston Estate (

  West Sussex, England

·         Assist in supervising all day to day cellar operations, including harvest, bulk wine, barrels, bottling preparation, sanitation, cellar organization, cleanliness.

·         Responsible for all labelling, riddling and disgorging requirements and appropriate record keeping for traceability.

·         Running and maintaining of winery equipment, including presses, pumps, labelling and disgorging machines.

·         Assist the Winemaker with all winemaking tasks including racking, barrel filling and emptying, cold stabilisation and filtration and general tank hall cleanliness. 

·         Supervise grape receiving, crushing, pressing and wine production operations during harvest. 

·         Participate in wine tasting at all stages throughout the winemaking process and be responsible for conducting evaluation and recommendation of treatments.

·         Responsible for supervising, training, and mentoring all cellar employees including during harvest and bottling, providing ongoing instruction and support as assigned.

·         Work with the Winemaker on all blends to insure wine quality is maintained and bottling requirements are met on time.

·         Assisting with harvest preparation including grape sampling and analysis in order to deduce grape ripeness and liaising with winemaker to decide harvest start dates.

·         Contribute to the continuous improvement of the winemaking process and procedures.

·         Carrying out basic laboratory analysis of wines.

·         Safety training and management of compliance issues in the laboratory and cellar environment to provide a safe work place for seasonal and part time workers.

·         Ordering of supplies, including corks, foils and wire hoods.

·         Undertaking regular stock takes for Wiston Estate and contract clients.

·         Available for assisting in vineyard at certain times of year when required.

·         Assist in tastings and tours of the winery, when needed. 

·         Responsible for adhering to all health and safety regulations and operating procedures. 

·         Preparation of orders and assist in booking in of orders when required.

·         Be available for weekend and evening work during peak periods such as bottling and harvest.

The salary will be negotiable, depending on experience

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