Vintage Assistant Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Accolade Wines AU

  Nannup, Western Australia

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Accolade Wines is the world’s leading provider of New World premium, commercial and value wines. We sell our wines in over 100 countries and have more than 1,700 talented employees in 19 countries. We make some of the world’s best known brands!

Houghton Wines Nannup operates a 5,000t premium white and red wine production facility, producing a full range of commercial through to premium wines from grapes sourced from across Western Australia’s grape growing regions including Margaret River, Pemberton and Frankland River.

In this role

Your main duties will be assisting in the management of all winemaking operations on site, within the guidance and parameters set by group and senior winemakers, for the Vintage period.

Key accountabilities include

  • Monitor the winemaking program in the absence of other Winemakers
  • Drive exceptional levels of winery hygiene and general housekeeping
  • Work with a ‘hands on approach’ to creating all of the Houghton premium wines
  • Oversee grape intake and processing according to supplied schedule
  • Conduct press cuts and juice assessments
  • Undertake winemaking trials as required
  • Ensure the relevant analysis and amelioration of juice/wine on site is performed as required to ensure compliance with wine specifications.
  • Participate in the daily ferment tastings during vintage and the subsequent delivery of work orders
  • Report on site operations in a timely, accurate and clear manner
  • Carry out cellar work as required, following all work instructions and safety procedures
  • In the absence of the Cellar Supervisor, maintain supplies and storage condition of winery materials as requested and required

Other accountabilities include

Essential knowledge and skills are

  • A passion for wine and winemaking
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and energy
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a dynamic team
  • Ability to give and follow verbal and written instructions

Required experience is

  • Exposure to premium cool climate wine production is essential
  • Experience working in a premium winemaking facility (minimum two vintages)
  • Minimum two years’ experience as an Assistant Winemaker or Winemaking role (highly desirable)

Essential qualifications are

  • A tertiary qualification in winemaking or a related science
  • High Risk Work licence for Forklift Truck (highly desirable but not essential)

Physical and other requirements

This job requires that you are:

  • Physically fit to undertake manual tasks
  • Flexible and able to work shift work, weekend work and overtime as required
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Able to work under pressure

This role involves:

  • Working outdoors
  • Working with hazardous substances
  • Working in a noisy environment
  • Working up to 12 hours per day, six days per week during the peak Vintage period

Sound like your kind of drop?

We’re interviewing now, so don’t delay in submitting your application!

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their legal right to work in Australia. International applicants must be able to demonstrate that they hold, or are eligible to apply, for an appropriate visa.

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