The Vineyard Manager/Director (VM) is responsible for the day-to-day management of
all vineyard activities while under the direction of the General Manager.
The VM must ensure that the highest quality of wine grapes are produced for the Somerston Estate, implement and
enforce high quality vineyard practices, techniques, quality controls, and workplace safety,
manage the vineyard budget, ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements, and complete
administrative responsibilities manage vineyard development and redevelopment, manage
vineyard and estate assets including without limitation pump stations, reservoirs and vineyard/
estate equipment and complete special projects upon request.
The VM will supervise, teach and mentor permanent workers, temporary vineyard workers, interns, and others as identified, in compliance with Somerston Estate policies, practices and the employee handbook.
The VM must have at least a bachelor’s degree and 10 years’ experience as a vineyard manager
or foreman, strong management skills, expert knowledge of the vineyard business, operations and
viticulture, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to think and react
quickly and professionally. Vineyard development experience is a requirement.
This position is a senior management role in the company. The right candidate will be a visible member of the
management team, the wine industry, and the community. The qualified candidate must continue
to build on the success achieved in the vineyards thus far and be able to execute our 10 year
o Produce the highest quality fruit for sale at the highest possible price.
o Run a well-organized vineyard operation, build a skilled and loyal workforce, and ensure a
safe work environment.
o Implement time sensitive viticulture practices.
o Implement standard operational procedures for timely and accurate operations/reporting.
o Certification of vineyards by both NGLC and CSWA.
o All compliance reporting.
ROLE & RESPONSIBILITY
The VM is responsible for managing the Company’s vineyards, vineyard employees, and all
associated assets of the Somerston Estate. The VM will implement quality growing strategies
and procedures that meet and exceed the company’s goal of becoming a premier wine growing
estate in the Napa Valley. This position is responsible for implementing and enforcing vineyard
practices, providing leadership and mentoring to the vineyard team, assuring compliance with
regulations, providing a safe work environment and protecting company assets. Responsibilities
• Vineyard Practices.
Vineyard Development and Redevelopment
• Asset Management
• 10 years vineyard management experience.
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Must be an inspirational and effective leader, teacher, manager, and mentor.
• Must Be able to effectively communicate with Spanish speaking employees.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
• Flexibility to work different schedules/hours/additional hours when necessary.