Assistant Winemaker

Hampshire, England

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Company: The Grange


Uploaded: 17 May 2023

Closes: 17 June 2023

Following last year’s completion of a purpose built winery, an exciting opportunity has arisen to become a key member of The Grange team in creating site specific wines for both its own vineyard and a handful of equally quality-focused clients.

Reporting to the Head Winemaker, the Assistant Winemaker will be responsible for completing winemaking operations from harvest to dispatch while helping to ensure an efficient, safe and compliant winery.

The role will commence this summer and begin with harvest preparations at the new winery, which overlooks the South Downs National Park. The Grange Estate, where the vineyard and winery are located, belongs to the Baring family and sits 7 miles to the east of Winchester in the southern county of Hampshire. At the centre of the broadly arable estate sits a semi-ruined, neo-Classical mansion that hosts a 5-week opera festival in the Summer. For more information visit and

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Hands-on winemaking for both The Grange and contract client operations
  • Cooperate with the Head Winemaker and Vineyard Team to underpin wine quality
  • Assist with ensuring the wineries compliance with safety, maintenance, environmental and all other relevant legislation
  • Contribute knowledge and innovation to wine production methods, with respect to quality, sustainability and efficiency
  • Supervise and mentor junior and seasonal workforce to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures
  • Help represent The Grange through market support activity, such as winery tours

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Tertiary qualification in oenology
  • At least three relevant vintage experiences in modern, professional wineries
  • Proficient in forklift operations
  • Solid understanding of global wine styles and cool-climate winemaking
  • Physically capable for hands-on winemaking
  • Valid driver’s licence and ability to travel


  • Strong, clear communication
  • Constructive, effective leadership style
  • Empathy for, and understanding of, luxury brands
  • An eye for operational effectiveness and efficiency
  • An enthusiasm for hands-on winemaking within a close-knit team

External Interfaces:

  • Contract winemaking clients
  • Consultant winemaker
  • Suppliers & contractors

Internal Interfaces:

  • Head Winemaker
  • Managing Director
  • Family Board Members
  • Vineyard Team
  • Junior and seasonal winery staff
  • Sales & Marketing Team

Applications close 18th June 2023 and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please apply with CV and cover letter to with Assistant Winemaker in the subject line.

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