Viticulturist (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

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

  West Kelowna, British Columbia

 

About Frind Estate Winery

Established in 2017 with the purchase of the historic Bennett property in West Kelowna, 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.

We are growing our team and are looking for a VITICULTURIST  to join the Frind Team If you have the following experience, please submit your resume today!

Job Duties:

  • Ensure viticulture practises maximize efficiency and ensure that yield targets are met accordingly
  • Provide monthly variance reporting and explanation, along with a plan to fix variances moving forward
  • Maintain proper records of all vineyard operation activities.
  • Provide strategic planning input on overall BC grape supply (planting, lease, GSA)
  • Manage all internal and contracted grape acres for insects, disease, fertilization, weed control, crop load, irrigation, and canopy management
  • Manage the viticulture technical budget.
  • Work with the Winemaker in Harvest coordination and execution
  • Recruit, train, oversee and motivate vineyard labour
  • Oversee crop maturity sampling and monitoring of vineyard conditions during Harvest.
  • Conduct practical and relevant research to improve production, fruit quality and operations efficiency
  • Operate machinery, and train others in safe equipment operations-SOPs
  • Monitor vineyard facilities, equipment and ensure maintenance tasks and repairs are carried out as required.
  • Provide leadership and project management for large scale replanting and virus management projects
  • Provide annual vineyard plans and crop estimates on assigned vineyard
  • Works closely with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • Participate actively and constructively as a part of the Frind Estate Winery management team
  •  Oversee the collection of vineyard data; ensure that reports are produced in a timely manner
  • Follow safe operating procedures, support safety programs and policies to safeguard personal safety, company property and team members safety.
  • Maintain positive grower relations. Ensure that quality parameters are met from our growers. Manage contracts accordingly
  • Monitor Vineyard health for disease, deficiencies, and stress.
  • Oversee implementation of planned; irrigation, fertilizer, and chemical applications to ensure vineyard is managed appropriately for specific block requirements ·
  • Supervision of Temporary Foreign Workers

 

Qualifications:

  • B.Sc. or higher Oenology and Viticulture, or related degree.
  • Minimum 5 years of vineyard experience in a management position.
  • Leadership, problem solving, training and decision making skills.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with identifying vineyard pest and disease.
  • Experience operating applicable vineyard tools and related equipment
  • Able to work in all weather conditions, including extreme temperatures
  • Valid drivers license
  • Available to work varying hours, depending on seasonal vineyard requirements
  • Physically fit

… Work at the #1 Winery in the Okanagan Valley. We are so excited for you to join the Frind Winery Team in beautiful West Kelowna! 

 

Job Posting #: 2023- 01

 

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