Sir Paz Estate is one of the Yarra Valley’s quiet achievers. Having won many accolades over their 25 years of production, Sir Paz is renowned for their single vineyard, cool climate wines. From shiraz, to chardonnay, merlot to sauvignon, as a premium producer together with their storied history, soil, climate and location, Sir Paz truly is unique is every sense of the word. Proudly family owned, the winery has approx. 40 acres under vine and continued to receive accolades and experience persistent local and international demand. An extraordinary opportunity now exists for a seasoned Vineyard Manager, or an exceptional Assistant Vineyard Manager wanting to step up, to join the small, hardworking team on a full-time ongoing basis or possibly, 4 days per week for the right applicant.
About the Opportunity:
Reporting to the Managing Director, you'll be given rare autonomy and creative license to oversee and nurture a beautiful vineyard and really make an impact in the world of wine. A hands-on role, you’ll be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the vineyard, performing all operational vineyard requirements, in accordance with established operating procedures. This will include management and oversight of all vineyard activities including cultivation, pruning, planting, irrigation and harvest. You’ll coordinate and oversee all vineyard operations including mowing, weed control, trimming, the timely application of sprays as well as managing contractors. You’ll monitor and make irrigation recommendations related to the vine and seasonal requirements, manage pests and disease and manage the acquisition of adequate tools and equipment on an as needs basis. Required to effectively communicate with the wider team, you’ll support and train contractors in line with policies and regulations and work alongside the winemaker, assisting with harvest in order to provide timely delivery of fruit during vintage. Responsible for financial budgeting, crop forecasting, benchmarking and reporting for all vineyard operations, you’ll also drive continuous improvement across all company viticulture for quality and sustainability; working alongside external consultants to improve fruit and wine quality, ensuring all seasonal parameters are met. Additionally, you’ll provide support to our Cellar Door / Restaurant from time to time.
Either a seasoned Vineyard Manager, or an accomplished Assistant Vineyard Manager ready to step up, you’ll have significant experience in a similar role and have a broad spectrum of industry knowledge and skills managing all aspects of vineyard operations. Confident in your abilities and passionate about viticulture, you thrive being hands on, outdoors and when contributing your ideas, solutions and opinions. Personable and with a strong work ethic, you’ll have a strong background of machinery operation including tractors and self-propelled grape harvesters. A logical thinker, you like to be organised and have a high level of attention to detail. Approachable and great at building productive relationships both internally and within the wider wine-community in the region, you enjoy leading and managing others, contributing to their development and helping them realise their potential. You also value a safe working environment, adhere to company health and safety policies and as an excellent verbal and written communicator you have no problems record keeping, completing compliance measures and have basic report writing and intermediate Microsoft Office skills. With a valid vehicle and forklift license, you’ll have a current agricultural chemical user permit, and any interest, knowledge or experience in organic processes would be highly regarded.
About the Perks:
If you’re looking for a sign, this is it. An enviable opportunity - this is your opportunity - full of promise, potential and purpose. This is your very own escape to the country and a phenomenal chance to join a small but hardworking team that are seriously going places. You’ll receive generous remuneration, high visibility within the business, your opinions will count and you’d be joining a fun, down to earth team of passionate people who enjoy celebrating success together.