Vineyard Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Wodetone Vineyard

  Wooton Fitzpaine, Dorset, England

About the vineyard:

Wodetone Vineyard is in a stunning position on the Jurrassic coast, with breath-taking views south-south east over the vines to the ocean beyond.

 

The vineyard is planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. The total cropping area extends to 24-acres. In recent years there has been a programme of variety and clonal improvement through top-grafting, which is unique in the UK, and is testament to the care and attention the vineyard has enjoyed to date.

 

Yields at Wodetone are around 2 kg-vine, putting it in the top quartile of vineyards in the UK. The quality of the fruit is appreciated by the wineries that have been supplied and many of the wines made in whole or in part using Wodetone fruit have won awards and medals. (attr: Stephen Skelton MW)

 

What we need from a vineyard manager:

Must be skilful at:

  • All vineyard management tasks

  • All tractor work, including routine maintenance

  • Application of sprays

  • Coordinating and supervising seasonal labour workforces

  • Ensuring equipment is maintained in good operating condition

  • Ensuring work is carried out correctly and that assistance is provided to workers or contactors where necessary

  • Providing accurate harvest estimates and working within allocated budgets

  • Identifying and recommending solutions to foreseeable problems at the vineyard

     

    Must have following qualifications/experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a vineyard manager, or as assistant vineyard manager on larger vineyard

  • A degree in Agriculture (or a related discipline) will set applicants apart. If you do not have a degree, but have gained an equivalent level of understanding through your experience then we will still consider your application.

  • PA1 and PA2 spray certificates

  • Eligibility to work in the UK

  • UK driving licence

  • Using Microsoft software packages

  • Good written and spoken English

     

    Must have following personal attributes:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • A willingness to approach new challenges with a growth mind-set

  • Ability to perform all functions required to ensure that the vineyard operates effectively

  • A good work ethic

  • Leadership and decision-making skills

  • An ability to work effectively within a team

  • The ability to host groups of people on tours and be the face of the vineyard

     

    Timings:
  • We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible, and by the end of September 2020 at the very latest.  

 

Competitive salary, with accommodation provided

How To Apply

Please send a CV and a cover letter to Ed Mansel Lewis before Friday 17th July. Please name two referees (one professional and one character) in your application that you would be happy for us to contact.

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