Responsible for providing the winery with the highest quality grapes possible within economic and efficiency constraints. This includes monitoring all aspects of grape production along with providing support to Winemaker and winemaking staff.
The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
· Develop and maintain good relationships with growers by establishing good communication and trust
· Consult with and advise growers on various cultural practices and techniques to improve fruit quality. Understand quality needs from winemaking.
· Regular visits to your regional growers to ensure quality parameters are being met; checking crop load, pruning & training practices, irrigation and weed, disease and insect control. Reports issues to winemaker.
· Understand current viticultural research to keep your knowledge relevant
· Research and evaluate rootstock and clonal differences
· Maintains extensive records regarding; grape yields, quality, pricing, planting status, climate data, & cultural practices
· Oversees accuracy and efficiency of data collecting and reporting and develops systems to do so
· Responsible for locating and sourcing grapes to fill and replace program needs.
· Act as liaison between growers and winery/winemaker
· Understand irrigation goals of growers and advise
· Monitor crop development and maturity levels to harvest
· Assist Winemaker with coordinating harvest deliveries and trucking and ensures grower is picking within contract parameters
· Assist Winemaker with contract negotiations
· Responsible for understanding the Food Safety and Quality Management System and related activities, including the ISO Food Safety & Quality Policy
· Special projects as assigned
· Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Viticulture
· Years of Experience: 5 or more years vineyard field experience.
· Familiarity with current viticulture techniques.
· Excellent organizational and follow-up skills.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
· Moderate to advanced computer skills (Word and Excel 2013)
Moderate to heavy physical work
Work site may be any one of the winerys’ facilities
Standing for long periods of time (8 hours per day)
Must comply with all safety equipment requirements including ear plugs and safety glasses
Exposure to various chemicals in production areas
Exposure to machinery, forklifts and related production equipment
Long and irregular hours during peak periods or on various shifts
Extensive walking and lifting of up to 55 pounds