Leader, General Manager, Chief Winemaker, Director - Orbis Wines

Orbis Wines
307 Hunt Road
Mclaren Vale , SA 5171
0401766896 (Main Phone)
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Qualifications Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Full Time - Permanent
Light Domestic Travel
Job Description
Orbis Wines is an award-winning estate vineyard and winery located at the foot of the Range in McLaren Vale with 29 Ha under vine. Orbis is fast growing and progressive with exciting plans for the future.

Our name and ouroborous logo signify our regenerative practices, pursuit of closed loop farming and carbon net zero. The Orbis vineyard is SWA accredited and comprises old vine Shiraz and Tempranillo, and plantings from 2019 comprising Grenache, Nero D’avola, Trousseau, Cinsault, Montepulciano, Garganega, Albariño and Fiano, selected for climate suitability and consumer appeal.

Orbis minimal intervention wines have gained recognition across Australia. Awards include finalist in the Australian Vineyard of the year 2022-2024, SAWIA Environmental Excellence, and selection of our outgoing winemaker as Young Gun winemaker of the year. Max Allen recently named Orbis the wine brand to watch.

We seek expressions of interest from skilled, enthusiastic and experienced individuals interested in leading Orbis Wines and undertaking a role or roles within the business that deliver high value. The current owners will work closely in support of the successful applicant across a timeframe to suit the individual. There is flexibility within the role definition to suit the skills and experience of applicants. It is expected that the successful applicant will become the face of the brand and play a key role in determining the future of Orbis Wines.

Ideally applicants will have more than 10 years wine industry experience, relevant qualifications, leadership and management skills, and a capacity to align on a vision. For the successful applicant we offer a package commensurate with the role as ultimately defined and the applicants demonstrated past performance. Orbis plans to adopt an employee ownership model to align the interests of our team. It is our hope that the successful candidate will become a significant owner and have a seat on the Board of the operating companies, and we offer to assist in this process.

Job Requirements
Applicant suitability may be further demonstrated by:
• tertiary or other qualifications,
• evidence of strong planning, time management & organisational skills,
• experience in wine industry general management, premium winemaking, vineyard management and viticulture, and/or wine marketing and sales,
• a commitment to excellence and a passion to innovate and improve,
• demonstrated work ethic, learning abilities and commitment, and/or
• interview performance.

Applicants must be located in Australia, have Australian citizenship/ residency or a valid work visa, and have relevant licences. If you wish to discuss how the role might be shaped to suit you please contact Brad Moyes, Managing Director, on 0401766896 or email hello@orbiswines.com.au

Please forward a copy of your CV and cover letter via email using the 'APPLY FOR JOB’ link above.

Employer Contact Information
Orbis Wines
34 Commercial Road
Hyde Park SA 5061
Orbis Wines Brad  Moyes
Orbis wines was established in 2018 following the purchase of the Orbis vineyard in McLaren Vale. Orbis Wines is committed to regenerative viticulture, the pursuit of closed loop farming and carbon net zero. Guided by our commitment to future generations we use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for our decision making. These goals include freedom from poverty and hunger, education, health and wellbeing, equality, meaningful work, biodiversity conservation and climate action. In line with these goals we seek to maximise the productivity of the land of which we are the custodians and to produce products that promote the health and wellbeing of those that consume them.

Our name Orbis is latin for circular motion and our happy ouroborous serpent eating its own tail logo was used in egyptian, greek and norse cultures to depict eternal life or the perfect perpetual closed system. Our ouroborous faces counterclockwise as we recognise that rather than merely sustain the environment we seek to regenerate it back to its natural fertility, biodiversity and balance.

Key achievements towards our goals include the conversion of the majority of our vineyards to high cordon to allow year round under-vine grazing by our growing babydoll sheep flock as we work towards the elimination of herbicides and slashing, production of bio-char from old vines and mulch from grape marc and wood waste. Sustainable native forestry is practiced and timber used for on-site construction. Our on-site winery is off grid and solar powered and where possible vehicles and equipment are electric and utilise spare generation capacity. We are pursuing bottle re-use and other forms of low carbon packaging.

Consistent with our values Orbis Wines operates as a meritocracy and we propose to transition to an employee ownership model for the Orbis Farms and Orbis Wines businesses.

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