Vineyard Manager

Shaw + Smith
3 November 2020
Balhannah, Australia
Job Type
Closing Date


About the Company

Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw.

Growing the best possible grapes, managing vineyards sustainably, and valuing vine health, soil health, and low yields are central to the Shaw + Smith approach. In the pursuit of quality, all grapes continue to be hand-picked, and the wines are fermented, aged, and bottled on site at Balhannah. The wines are vibrant, medium bodied expressions of their varieties that reflect their sites and region.

Shaw + Smith own three vineyards in the Adelaide Hills at Piccadilly, Balhannah, and Lenswood, totalling 59 hectares. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.  The vineyards are currently in the first year of transition to organic certification.

About the Vineyard Manager Role

Reporting to the Group Viticulturist, the Vineyard Manager plays a vital role within the production team and ensures the high-quality grape supply within company specifications, to the Shaw + Smith Winery.

  • Plan, organise and oversee daily vineyard work programs and operations for permanent vineyard staff
  • Oversee and coordinate contract labour for vineyard operations such as training, pruning, shoot thinning and wire lifting
  • Monitoring and controlling vine pests and disease
  • Manage harvest operations
  • Machinery operations, including tractor driving
  • Irrigation activities
  • Chemical application in accordance with organic practices and recording processes
  • Responsible for WHS compliance relating to vineyard operations
  • Training and supervision of regular and seasonal staff

Skills and Experience

Shaw + Smith are seeking an experienced and qualified individual with:

  • 3 to 5 years previous vineyard experience and a tertiary qualification in viticulture or horticulture
  • a current driver’s licence and previous tractor driving experience, forklift licence is essential
  • Good practical and basic mechanical skills
  • Computer competency in Microsoft Office / 365
  • Interest in organic viticulture
  • Leading and managing staff with strong people management skills
  • Understanding of the 2010 Wine Industry Award


On offer is a supportive environment with on-going training, modern premises and machinery with a postcard perfect outlook, attractive salary, an annual wine allowance and the opportunity to contribute to this South Australian success story.

Applications Close on Friday 13 November 2020

To be considered for this role, please include in your cover letter and the specific vineyard or viticultural experience in a Vineyard Manager or Viticultural role and send to Murray Leake at by the closing date.

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