Accomplished Vineyard Manager - West Sussex

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Are you a seasoned vineyard manager aspiring to lead growing operations for a premium UK heritage brand? Do you possess a desire to be 'hands-on' and involved in all aspects of the grape growing business? If so, we'd be interested to hear from you.

Our client, a prominent producer growing traditional champagne varietals, is seeking an experienced Vineyard Manager to run their 8 hectare site. With 1 hectare currently producing fruit and 7 hectares planted in 2018 and 2019, you will nurture the vineyard back to it's full potential.

Situated on a scenic private estate in an AONB, the vineyard has potential to produce 4000 kg of grapes per hectare.

What your day-to-day will look like:

  • Oversee weed/disease control
  • Monitoring and maximising yields
  • Maintain and utilise crop production data
  • Undertake quality assurance
  • Machinery operations and maintenance
  • Recruit and manage seasonal staff
  • Maintenance work on the wider estate (during off season)
  • Managing administrative side of the operation
  • Liaise with owners, winemakers, suppliers and buyers

What you will possess:

  • Full driving licence
  • Tractor and machinery experience
  • PA1/PA3/PA6 (desirable)
  • Personal licence holder for alcohol (desirable)
  • A practical, hands on approach
  • Good organisational skills
  • A clear work ethic and integrity
  • Ability to build relationships

What you can expect:

  • Highly competitive basic salary to do justice to skill/experience level
  • Robust performance bonus structure
  • 25 days annual leave

To apply:

For more information and an informal confidential discussion please call Jon Handley on: Office 01885 485522 or e-mail your CV and covering letter to

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