Winemaker's Assistant

Chêne Bleu
Chemin de la Verriere Crestet
Vaucluse, PR 84110
+44 7734317376 (Main Phone)
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Job Description
Our award winning family-run estate in the Ventoux region of France (84110, Crestet) seeks an experienced assistant winemaker to work under the supervision of our Cellar Master, to grow and vinify wines of exceptional quality.
The 30 ha estate is uniquely situated at 550 metres elevation, surrounded by a nature reserve, and produces 600 Hl of AOC and IGP wines annually.
This role offers a competitive remuneration package to be negotiated commensurate to the applicant’s experience and qualifications. On-site accommodation can be offered on a temporary basis during the search for local accommodation.

Under the supervision of our Cellar Master, the selected candidate will:
- Demonstrate and nurture a keen interest in our vineyard
- Track the levels of maturity of the varying plots of vines
- Select and manage the harvested grapes
- Sort grapes and stalks, and engage in the processes of pressing, pressurising, storage and fermentation
- Operate and control the wine making process, including measuring and keeping records of temperatures, density, oxygen and other relevant parameters
- Take responsibility for aspects of the wine making process including remontage, pigeage, délestage
- Apply wine-making nutrients, fining etc.
- Operate the processes of extraction, filtration and barrel work
- Work on the blending process
- Maintain a high level of hygiene with the wine-making equipment, the vats, the barrels, as well as the premises
- Maintain an unwavering sense of quality control
- Take care of the preparation of the wines, as well as the bottling and stock-taking operations
- Label and prepare pallets as per orders
Job Requirements
Applicants will have solid experience and should expect to operate in a “hands-on” fashion.

• Minimum of a BTSA Viticulture-Oenologie, or equivalent Oenology degree or similar professional experience
• Substantial knowledge of the world of wine and wine tasting
• Completed 2-3+ vintages
• International winery experience strongly preferred
• Possesses a discerning palate
• Demonstrates excellent attention to detail
• EU nationality or ability to work legally in France without the need for sponsorship
• Languages: Fully proficient in French; good proficiency in English.

Excellent communication, computer and people management skills are essential.
Details of previous experience, qualifications, and personal references, should accompany the application. Start date is negotiable but must be before late April 2017.

Applicants must have a relevant work permit/EU visa which allows them to work legally in France without the need for sponsorship.

Applications should include a copy of your CV and cover letter and apply using the 'APPLY FOR JOB’ link above by COB Friday 24th March 2017. Please include a skype address for interview purposes.

For further information regarding this position, please contact HR Manager.

Employer Contact Information
Chêne Bleu
Chemin de la Verriere Crestet
Vaucluse PR 84110
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Chêne Bleu has one of the highest wineries in the Vaucluse department at an altitude of 550m. The vines are protected by a mountain saddle, expressing the individual character of the terroir. All the experts agree that it is an exceptional site for growing grapes due to its complex clay and limestone solis, its varied exposures and slopes, its isolation and altitude.

In the winery, grapes are selected twice, on separate sorting tables. Our State of the Art equipment includes a Vaslin press: the closed cylinder with its pneumatic bag ensures gentle pressing with less risk of excess tannin extraction and oxidation. Fermentation vessels: 3 conical oak tanks for natural micro-oxygenation for some reds. 22 temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for some reds, all whites and rosés. Storage: 17 concrete tanks which provide a stable, inert environment to hold the wine between fermentation and barrel ageing. A selection of French coopers supply the best oak barrels.

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