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Vineyard Manager and Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Harper's Trail Estate Winery (

  Kamloops, British Columbia

The organic farmed and certified 25.5-acre property of Harper Trail Winery, located on the bank of the South Thompson River in the Kamloops region, produces sparkling, white, rose, red ultra-premium wines.

The Estate is currently planted with Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gamay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc all farmed organically.

The Estate is seeking a vineyard Manager and Winemaker to oversee the production of its wines. The successful candidate will be in charge of managing a 25.5-acre vineyard, producing 4,000 cases of wine annually in addition to overseeing the 60 acres of hayfields. The candidate will also ensure all vineyard operations will follow PACS organic practices.

The successful candidate will work with guidance from our vineyard and winemaking consultant.

Summary of responsibilities


·                   Co-ordinate and manage production and quality control, from grapes to wine to the final finished bottled product.

 ·                  Operate the cellar on a day-to-day basis.

 ·                  Oversee the vinification process.

 ·                  Operate winery equipment (pumps, de-stemmer, press, etc.).

 ·                  Maintain winery hygiene, including the sanitization of tanks and equipment.

 ·                  Carry out barrel operations (filling, topping, racking).

 ·                  Prepare wine lots for bottling; responsible for bottling operation.

 ·                  Manage inventory count.

·                  Train and control the work of the possible cellar hand during the vinification.

 ·                  Realize basic analysis (Acidity, Ph, VA, So2, etc.).

 ·                  Participate in regular sensory tastings.

 ·                  Operate a forklift. 


 ·                   Manage the current vineyard of 25.5-acres following organic practices.

 ·                   Conduct the vineyard operations such as pruning, tying, tractor work. 

·                   Lead and manage all vineyard operations including pruning, tying, pest management sprays, grape growth (suckering, canopy management, etc.), and harvesting.

·                   Manage and execute the daily irrigation schedule; as well as carry out regular maintenance of the irrigation system.

·                   Conduct crop estimation.

·                   Realize maturity controls before harvest. 

·                   Organize picking operations (onsite and outside vineyards).

·                   Supervise and control the purchase of grape outside of the property.

·                   Drive a tractor for pest control, soil and canopy management.

Public Relations and Marketing: 

·                  Welcome and interact with customers, journalists, social media influencers.

 ·                 Make suggestions in the development of the wine portfolio and packaging.


·                 Post-secondary education with an emphasis on viticulture, eonology, and/or biochemistry would be an asset.

·                  Experience with organic farming practices an asset

·                  Experience in cold climate grape growing conditions would be an asset. 

·                  Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English).

·                  Good interpersonal skills for communication with Harper Trail owners, consultant, co-workers, visitors, and customers.

·                  Must be enthusiastic, hard-working, detail-oriented, and bring energy and problem-solving ability to the performance of the job.

·                  A scientific approach to growing quality fruit in a cold climate region.

·                  Able to work extended hours when necessary. 

·                  Able to withstand extended periods of physical work in extreme outdoor conditions, i.e. walking, standing, lifting materials/equipment at high temperatures.

·                  Good mechanical aptitude is required with experience in operating vineyard equipment.

·                  Valid driver’s licence.

·                  Legally able to work in Canada.


·                  Remuneration based on experience.

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