Senior Winemaker

Sidewood Estate
2 June 2023
92 Mappinga Rd, Oakbank, Australia
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Sidewood Estate operates a 2,000 mt winery and counter pressure bottling line, and owns four vineyards with over 100 h.a. under vine.

Nestled in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, we are  renowned for creating beautiful, balanced, and elegant wines that truly represent the region's distinct terroir. We are immensely proud of our rich heritage, garnished with over 50 prestigious trophies and 400 gold medals. Now, we are looking for an experienced Senior Winemaker to join our team and help continue this legacy of excellence.

About the Role

As our Senior Winemaker, you will be at the heart of our operation from winemaking to responsibility as the Site Manager. You will have the opportunity to utilise your creativity, expertise, and passion for viticulture to craft exquisite wines that delight the palate and encapsulate the unique essence of the Adelaide Hills.

Key Responsibilities

  • This position is responsible for Site Management of Cellar, Laboratory, Production and Warehouse activities;
  • Overseeing all winemaking and cider activities, from vineyard, orchards to bottle;
  • Developing innovative strategies to maintain and enhance our wine quality;
  • Collaborating with our dedicated team to promote continual improvement;
  • Managing harvest logistics and scheduling;
  • Overseeing bottling winemaking, canning and kegging;
  • As a contract facility, support and oversee the making and bottling of wines for external clients;
  • Ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations and maintaining the highest standards of health and safety
  • Mentoring junior members of our winemaking team and sharing your knowledge


  • Bachelor's degree in Viticulture, Enology, or related field (Master’s degree preferred)
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in a winemaking role with a proven track record
  • Advanced knowledge of wine production techniques, wine tasting, and sensory evaluation
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work well under pressure
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire a team
  • Experience with EZY winery management software an advantage.

Why Join Us?

  • Inspiring Legacy: You'll be part of a team that has won over 50 trophies and 400 gold medals
  • Beautiful Location: Our vineyards offer a breathtaking working environment in the heart of the Adelaide Hills
  • Growth & Learning: Benefit from the shared knowledge of our experienced team
  • Competitive Remuneration: We offer an attractive salary package, commensurate with your skills and experience

So, if you have a deep love for wine, a creative mind, and the desire to put your signature on wines recognised globally, we would love to hear from you.

Join us in crafting wines that are not just drinks, but an experience - a true reflection of the soil, the climate, and the lifestyle of the Adelaide Hills.

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