Head Winemaker (U.K.)

Wine Network Consulting Pty Ltd
Northington, HAM SO249TG
United Kingdom
03 5962 2427 (Main Phone)
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Full Time - Permanent
Light Domestic Travel
Job Description

One of the most exciting roles in the burgeoning UK wine industry, The Grange, Hampshire is seeking a Head Winemaker. The successful applicant will start by overseeing the fit-out of their brand new winery in preparation for its inaugural vintage. The vineyard was planted in 2011 and the first wines, which were released from 2018, are already doing well in competition and attracting attention in trade and media. Commencing in early 2021 this is a rare opportunity to steer a meticulous, quality-focussed house from its early years.

The Grange Estate belongs to the Baring family and sits 7 miles to the east of Winchester in the southern county of Hampshire. At the centre of the broadly arable, 1200ha estate sits a semi-ruined, neo-Classical mansion that hosts an internationally renowned 5-week opera festival in the Summer.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Head Winemaker will oversee all winemaking operations for the estate and clients, including financial and management reporting, efficient, safe winery management and market support activity. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience, a high level of professionalism, attention to detail and the energy for a hands-on winemaking role of this nature.

The role will involve light domestic travel plus some representation at promotional events.

This is a unique winemaking role within a classic rural estate and the remuneration package is commensurate with the experience and drive required.
Job Requirements

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Overall management of the winemaking side of the business, including for contract clients;
• Close cooperation with the vineyard manager to underpin wine quality;
• Hands-on management of day-to-day winemaking operations;
• Management of the winery with respect to maintenance, financial management and reporting (capex and
OPEX), plus compliance with environmental, safety and other accreditation standards;
• Contribute to the strategic management of the wine business;
• Mentoring and professional development of entire winery team;
• Continual improvement of the winery with respect to quality, sustainability and efficiency;
• Market support activity.

Skills and Qualifications:

• Tertiary qualification in oenology;
• At least 5 years’ relevant experience in modern, professional winery environments;
• Solid understanding of global wine styles and cool-climate winemaking;
• Physically capable for hands-on winemaking;
• Wine show judging experience;
• Valid driver’s licence and ability to travel.


• Strong, clear communication;
• Constructive, effective leadership style;
• Empathy for, and understanding of, luxury brands;
• An eye for operational effectiveness and efficiency.

A detailed job description can be downloaded here - www.winenet.com.au/recruitment

Please forward a copy of your CV and cover letter via email using the 'APPLY FOR JOB’ link above by Sunday, 23rd August 2020

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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