Viticulturist (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Frind Winery Ltd. (http://www.frindwinery.com)

  Kelowna, British Columbia

 

Established in 2017 with the purchase of the historic Bennett property in West Kelowna, BC, Canada, Frind Estate Winery blends agriculture with technological opportunity. Markus Frind’s family has a farming history spanning 500 years, both in Germany and northern BC. After the successful sale of plentyoffish.com, Markus is focusing his efforts on pairing technology with agriculture to produce terroir-driven British Columbia wines of exceptional quality.

The Role

The Viticulturist is responsible for is responsible for managing the vineyard team, as well as the vineyards to ensure the production of high-quality grapes used in winemaking. They work closely with winemakers, ensuring that grape varieties are cultivated to meet the winery's specific quality and flavor standards.

The Viticulturalist plays a crucial role in ensuring the quality and quantity of grapes harvested for winemaking. Their expertise contributes significantly to the overall success of a vineyard and the production of exceptional wines.

Responsibilities

Vineyard Planning and Establishment:

  • Selects suitable vineyard sites based on factors like soil type, climate, and grape variety.
  • Provides annual vineyard plans and crop estimates on assigned vineyard.
  • Plans and establishes new vineyards, including planting grapevines, trellising, and irrigation systems.
  • Provides strategic planning input on overall BC grape supply (planting, lease, GSA).
  • Provides leadership and project management for large scale replanting and virus management projects.
  • Maintains positive grower relations. Ensure that quality parameters are met from our growers. Manage contracts accordingly.

Grapevine Care:

  • Monitors vine health, including pruning, training, and canopy management.
  • Implements pest and disease control measures to protect grapevines.
  • Maintains soil health and fertility through soil analysis and appropriate treatments.

Harvest Planning:

  • Collaborates with Winemakers on determining the optimal time for grape harvesting based on grape ripeness and intended wine style.
  • Oversees grape harvesting operations, including labour management.

Crop Yield Management:

  • Manages crop yields by adjusting vineyard practices, such as thinning clusters or reducing vine vigor.
  • Ensures that grape yields meet production goals without compromising grape quality.

Irrigation Management:

  • Monitors and manages irrigation systems to ensure grapes receive the appropriate amount of water.
  • Adjusts irrigation schedules based on weather conditions and soil moisture levels.

Data Collection and Analysis:

  • Oversees the data on grapevine health, growth, and yield.
  • Analyzes data to make informed decisions about vineyard practices and improvements.

Financial Management:

 

  • Oversees the department budget.
  • Evaluates budget consistently throughout the year to ensure all department operations are within budget. Adjusts spending accordingly.
  • Allocate resources efficiently, including labour, equipment, and materials.

 

 Team Management:

  • Oversees regular and seasonal workforce planning.
  • Oversees, motivates, and mentors the vineyard team.

 Regulatory Compliance:

  • Ensures compliance with environmental regulations, vineyard safety standards, and industry best practices.
  • Follows safe operating procedures, support safety programs and policies to safeguard personal safety, company property and team members safety.

Technology and Innovation:

  • Stays updated on industry trends and advancements in viticulture.
  • Manages all internal and contracted grape acres for insects, disease, fertilization, weed control, crop load, irrigation, and canopy management
  • Utilizes existing equipment and technology to its fullest potential. Implements automation processes to maximize efficiencies when practical and feasible.
  • Provides leadership and project management for large scale replanting and virus management projects.
  • Implements new technologies and practices to improve vineyard productivity and sustainability.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Requirements

●  Bachelor's degree in Viticulture, Oenology, Horticulture, Agriculture, or a related field

● 5-10 years of vineyard experience in a viticulture management position or equivalent combination of education and experience.

●   Experience managing and overseeing developing to mature vastly spread-out vineyard acreage is an asset.

●  Strong knowledge of grape varieties, vineyard management practices, and pest and disease control.

●  Exceptional organizing, planning, financial management and budgeting, supervising, and problem-solving skills.

●        Advanced skills in MS Excel.

●        Experience using winery software.

●        Experience using Vintrace an asset.

●        Strong leadership, training, and decision-making skills.

●      Strong multitasking skills, and managing of changing priorities skills while maintaining a positive attitude.

●        Excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills.

●        Experience operating applicable vineyard tools, irrigation systems, and related equipment.

●  Ability to work in all weather conditions, including extreme temperatures.

●    Must have a valid Class 5 driver’s licence for the purpose of regularly travelling between vineyard sites across the Okanagan between Vernon and Osoyoos.

●        Ability to travel.

●       Available to work varying hours, depending on seasonal vineyard requirements.

●        Knowledge of relevant regulations and environmental stewardship principles.

●        Ability to lift 50lbs+.

 

Why Work for Us?

 

·         Join a team of dedicated individuals who are passionate about wine and committed to excellence in every aspect of our operations.

 

·         Whether you're just starting your career in the wine industry or are looking to take the next step, we offer opportunities for growth and development and learning at every level.

 

·         We embrace innovation and creativity in everything we do, from winemaking techniques to customer experiences.

 

·         Our commitment to excellence runs through everything we do, from vineyard management to customer service.

How to Apply

 

Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the position to [email protected].

 

Frind Winery is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace. We encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

 

Join us at Frind Winery Ltd. and be a part of our journey to create exceptional wines and unforgettable experiences for our customers!

 

 

Base annual salary: $125,000 - $145,000

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