Manager of Viticulture (Giant Steps) - Wine Network Consulting

Wine Network Consulting Pty Ltd
Melbourne, VIC 3000
03 5962 2427 (Main Phone)
Job Start Date
Application Closing Date
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Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Full Time - Permanent
Light Domestic Travel
Job Description
Giant Steps, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, is seeking a Viticulture Manager to begin in May, 2020. This role will oversee a portfolio of owned, leased and grower vineyards.
Meticulous and relentless in its pursuit of quality, Giant Steps is admired at the elite level of wine around the world.

The role encompasses oversight of the viticulture team and growers, hands-on management of two key sites, plus financial, environmental and OH&S management of the entire viticulture side of the business.
Reporting to the Chief Winemaker, the role will involve light domestic travel plus some representation at promotional events.

Job Requirements
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Overall management of the viticulture team, including site managers at owned and leased vineyards;
• Hands-on operational management of two key company vineyards;
• Mentoring and professional development of entire viticulture team;
• Liaison with contract growers;
• Driving continuous improvement across all company viticulture for quality, sustainability and
• Financial budgeting, forecasting, benchmarking and reporting for all viticulture operations;
• Implementation and coordination of long-term vineyard redevelopment;
• Coordination of harvest and fruit deliveries during vintage;
• Promotional work both in trade and hosting visitors at winery and vineyard sites.

Skills and Qualifications:
• Tertiary qualification in viticulture;
• At least three years’ relevant experience in high level viticulture
• Valid driver’s licence and ability to travel.

• Strong, clear communication;
• Constructive, effective leadership style;
• An eye for operational effectiveness and efficiency.

- External:
• Growers
• Suppliers & contractors
• Trade
• AWRI and other industry bodies.

- Internal:
• Chief Winemaker;
• Viticulture and winemaking teams
• CFO.

This is a viticulture role of the highest quality, with a remuneration package commensurate with the experience and drive required.

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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