Assistant Winemaker - Watkins Family Wine

Watkins Family Wine
59 Grants Gully Road
Chandlers Hill, SA 5159
Manages Others
Experience Required
Qualifications Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Full Time - Fixed Term
Light Domestic Travel
Job Description

Watkins Family Wine operates from our Chandlers Hill winery, the largest winery in the Adelaide Hills wine region with a site production capacity of 5,000 tons. We are one of the largest premium bulk wine supply companies of premium cool climate wine in Australia.

We are recruiting a permanent Assistant Winemaker to our team. This hands on position encompasses all aspects of the winemaking process from the vineyard, fruit processing, cellar management, lab operations, blending, maintenance of wine quality through maturation, maintaining records, and right through to some customer sales and other potential retail activities.

Reporting to, and working closely with, the Winemaking Director you will be required to manage and run the cellar including leading a small team while maintaining wine quality and adhering to HACCP and Sustainable Winegrowing Australia protocols.

You will be required to perform cellar and lab work and will be an integral part of the wine making team.

Watkins Family Wine produces fruit from our 140ha vineyard in Langhorne Creek including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay, as well as smaller parcels from our iconic (formerly Chais Clarendon) Adelaide Hills vineyard. We work with a range of varieties and make wine in a number of different styles.

We focus on supplying premium, super premium and ultra premium bulk wine to some of the biggest players in the industry. We also offer Contract Processing (custom crush) and contract storage services to select customers. We have recently launched an exciting new branded product to complement our already extensive premium bulk and contract wine services.

World class winery facilities include
- Vintrace winery management system
- Commercial sized centrifuge
- Completely refurbished Bucher Xpert 150 45 ton press
- Cloud based ferment temperature monitoring system
- Dawn Patrol Coffee Roasters on site

Job Requirements

• A tertiary qualification in winemaking or commensurate industry experience.
• Production experience in a winery setting
• Demonstrated ability to communicate with and assist team members in order to manage work across a large work site and range of activities/tasks.
• Previous experience as a Winemaker, Vintage Winemaker, Assistant Winemaker, or Cellar Manager preferred
• Proven ability to build positive relationships and communicate with management and staff
• Skilled in all winery cellar work and a range of equipment
• Ability to manage a winery lab
• Must be prepared to work extended hours, particularly through the vintage period.
• Current Australian Driver’s Licence
• Current Forklift Licence

Our ideal candidate is experienced, passionate, shows initiative, and is not afraid to get their hands dirty.

Employer Contact Information
Watkins Family Wine
59 Grants Gully Road
Chandlers Hill SA 5159
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We are a family owned and run business that has 20 years experience producing premium bulk wine from cool climate regions, and offering contract processing and storage services to industry customers.
We operate at the Clarendon Winery on Grants Gully Road, the largest winery in the Adelaide Hills region with 5,000 ton capacity.
We have recently launched Watkins branded wines, and the Adelaide Hills cellar door with Dawn Patrol Coffee.

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