Chief Winemaker / Manager

Wine Network Consulting Pty Ltd
Ferngrove Wines 276 Ferngrove Road
Frankland River, WA 6396
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Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Full Time - Permanent
Light Domestic Travel
Job Description
Ferngrove Wines is seeking a suitably qualified, experienced and energetic Chief Winemaker / Manager for its extensive winery and vineyards in Western Australia’s Frankland River.
With scope to commute from the picturesque town of Albany/Mt Barker with a furnished house on the winery site, this is an exciting career opportunity for an enthusiastic, positive winemaker to steer Ferngrove through the next stage of its development and lay some new foundations for the Ferngrove brand.
Founded in 1998, Ferngrove Wines chose Frankland River for its favourable viticultural location 90 kilometres from the coast. The Ferngrove valleys and slopes have the rare combination of rugged, classically West Australian ancient soils and the cooling influence of the converging Southern and Indian Oceans. Vindication of the site is evidenced by over 700 medals in the most respected Australian and International wine shows over that period. Situated in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, the dependable cool climate, gravelly soils and pioneering spirit creates a remarkable site to make great wine.
Job Requirements
The ideal candidate will have…
• A degree in Oenology or equivalent
• A passion for and understanding of fine wine
• At least five years of winemaking experience in medium or large winery
• Previous experience with quality management systems
• A good understanding of winery management software
• Proven organisational skills and an ability to prioritise workload
• Strong leadership and ability to motivate a team of individuals
• Strong communication skills both written and oral
• Understanding of working in remote, wine regions.

Compensation & Benefits
A generous remuneration package, commensurate with the nature of the role and calibre of the successful candidate will be provided, including base salary, superannuation, family home, relocation expenses and a generous wine allowance.
Furthermore, if necessary, arrangements can be made for provision of a family home in Albany/Mt Barker from which to commute and use of a smaller furnished house on the winery site.
Employer Contact Information
Wine Network Consulting Pty Ltd
Office 4 5-7 Green Street
Healesville VIC 3777
Wine Network Consulting Pty Ltd Rachael Sutcliffe
Established in 1994, Wine Network and its personnel are established and highly respected professional resources for the wine industry in Australia and overseas.

Wine Network offers a full range of advisory services for wine and viticultural businesses aimed at optimising wine quality, operational efficiency and business sustainability.

Our consultants and associates have extensive industry experience, and we offer tailor-made advice services to suit both new and established businesses of varying sizes.

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