Viticulturist/Assistant Winemaker/Manager


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Company: Johner Estate


Uploaded: 03 July 2018

Closes: 05 August 2018


Seeking a qualified Viticulturist/Assistant Winemaker/Manager.

Johner Estate is a small, family-owned vineyard and winery operation comprising at the moment of 14ha under vines with room for expansion. We also do some contract winemaking and purchase grapes from about another 4 ha. So we have a relatively small vineyard, where grapes are hand-picked, which produces quality well beyond the norm. We also invented and implemented the Twin Soil Concept - A world first.

Only healthy soils will produce vibrant wines so no artificial fertilisers have been used for over 18 years. Bio-dynamic and organic principles are familiar to us, however for us, the importance of radiant wines with terroir expression is foremost.

All vinification for our red, white and sparkling wines are on-site as well as the bottling, disgorging and labelling facilities.

We are looking for a trained Viticulturist with winemaking practice experience, or a winemaker with good Viticultural experience. As the owner and winemaker are often in Europe, some management skills are necessary. It is very much a 'hands-on' approach with practical mechanical skills and a real can-do attitude.

Position summary and required skills:
All necessary skills to manage in the absence of the owner and winemaker as well as the skills to carry out the required work in the vineyard unsupervised, from pruning to picking, soil management and controlling and organising contractors so that the work is performed satisfactorily. You need to be an excellent tractor driver and forklift user, with some good mechanical understanding.
For the winemaking site we require you to assist with cellarwork, barrel handling, racking, bottling, labelling, dispatch orders and stock control.

Johner Estate has 45 years of winemaking experience in Europe and in New Zealand, so the focus for quality covers a lot of different areas.

This is a very exciting position, with the prospect for more responsibility and management.
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