Vineyard Estate Manager - Swinney

Swinney
1142 Wingebellup Road
Frankland River, WA 6396
Australia
0427980160 (Main Phone)
Job Start Date
3/06/2024
Application Closing Date
9/05/2024
Manages Others
Yes
Experience Required
Yes
Qualifications Required
Yes
Employment Type
Employee
Work Schedule
Full Time - Permanent
Travel
Light Domestic Travel
Job Description
An opportunity has become available for a passionate and motivated individual to join one of Australia’s leading vineyards and bespoke wine grape growing businesses, Swinney Wines. This role represents an outstanding career opportunity to join a successful and dynamic team.

Based in Frankland River and reporting to the General Manager, the Vineyard Estate Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the vineyard’s performance in relation to the implementation and monitoring of all operational strategies.
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The Swinney vineyard is a family owned 250 ha vineyard located in the Frankland River region of Western Australia. Swinney has developed an outstanding reputation as a long-term supplier of high-quality wine grapes to many of Western Australia’s premium wine producers as well as production of the family’s own Swinney wine label, which includes the acclaimed Farvie wines.

As the inaugural recipient of the inaugural ‘Young Gun of Wine - Australian Vineyard of the Year’ trophy in 2020, Swinney is recognised as combining both modern and Old-World viticultural techniques. These techniques are executed with precision through a combination of detailed manual work and state-of-the-art technology that are underpinned with an environmental focus.

While the vineyard is predominantly Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, other varieties established include Malbec, Mencia, Cinsault, Counoise, Pinot Gris, Vermentino, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and bush vine plantings of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tempranillo. The business continues to expand its area under vine, with an emphasis on clonal and varietal selection.

At Swinney, our ambition is the creation of wines that sit alongside the best in the world while speaking of our home in Frankland River.

Job Requirements
Crucial to the success of this role is a passion for viticulture and the production of fine wine. Similarly, an obsessive focus on attention to detail, impressive leadership and people management qualities, highly developed organisational and communication skills and a commitment to our mission of producing fruit and wine of extraordinary quality.

The successful applicant will receive an attractive level of remuneration, reflecting their experience and qualifications in addition to generous onsite accommodation and a fully maintained vehicle.

Some of the key responsibilities of the role include:

• Develop viticultural strategies and objectives and manage their implementation
• Develop and manage all budgets and ensure accurate and timely reporting
• Develop ESG strategies and objectives and manage their implementation
• Work closely with the Swinney wine business team to ensure fruit quality, farming methods, marketing and other objectives are realized
• Continue to elevate fruit quality across the vineyard while ensuring cost effective operations at all time
• Drive innovation, identify growth opportunities and seek continuous improvement
• Implement systems and procedures (i.e. financial, quality control, OHS, other) and compliance with industry and customer standards and regulations
• Manage external customer relationships, including suppliers, and generally represent the business as required

Qualifications and Experience

• A Bachelor’s Degree in Viticulture and/or an equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution
• 10 years + experience in viticultural management positions
• Experience with organic and or biodynamic viticultural practices
• Significant experience in cool climate viticulture and the production of ultra-premium grapes and wine
• A passion for viticulture and fine wine
• A high level of self – confidence and ambition


Applicants must have Australian citizenship/residency or a valid existing Australian work visa.

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

Employer Contact Information
Swinney
1142 Wingebellup Road
Frankland River WA 6396
Australia
The Swinney vineyard is a family owned 250 ha vineyard located in the Frankland River region of Western Australia. Swinney has developed an outstanding reputation as a long-term supplier of high-quality wine grapes to many of Western Australia’s premium wine producers as well as production of the family’s own Swinney wine label, which includes the acclaimed Farvie wines.

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