Margan Wines are on the hunt for a new winemaker. The right candidate will work closely with Chief Winemaker/Managing Director Andrew Margan to produce premium wines from our 100 hectares of sustainably certified and estate grown grapevines.
A passion for exceptional wine (both here and afar), keen eye for detail, cleanliness, organisational skills and a motivated team leader are all qualities that the right candidate will possess.
In the 25 years of Margan's history, the brand has become known for its work within traditional wine styles of the region including varieties such as Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Most notably though, is our work with alternate varieties and contemporary styles. Albarino and Barbera establishing themselves as flagships of the estate as well as several unique 'field blend' expressions. To this point, we are looking for someone dynamic in their approach to winemaking and constantly looking to evolve and hone their practice – a passion for innovation.
Viticulture is paramount to everything that we do at Margan and so an interest/aptitude in this area is essential.
A little about Margan...
We established our business, Margan in 1996 in the picturesque village of Broke, Hunter Valley which is Australia’s oldest wine region. All Margan wines are Estate Grown and made as well as certified Sustainably Farmed. Margan has been rated a five-star winery (James Halliday Wine Companion) since 2009, twice winner of the Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year, Viticulturist of the Year winner and NSW Tourism Hall of Fame winner in recognition of our cellar door, winery and restaurant.
We have 100 hectares of distinguished Margan vineyards, across two locations. These vineyards are planted to a mixture of 50-year-old traditional Hunter varieties and pioneering alternatives we have planted ourselves. Most of the vineyards are planted on the unique soil of the Fordwich Sill providing our wines with their special sense of place. We make all our wines onsite at our Broke based winery with annual production around 25,000 cases. You can try all our wines at our beautiful rammed earth cellar door where we have structured tastings, including new releases as well as aged and museum wines.
We are also proud to be regarded as leaders in environmental stewardship and are fully accredited with Sustainable Winegrowing Australia and Freshcare. We were one of the first in the Hunter to achieve this and our certification benchmarks to the ISO14000 series (International Standards) for best practice. This means we follow a detailed Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to reduce our impact across all business operations in the four basic pillars of sustainability – reduction of greenhouse gases, energy efficiency, water management and the reduction of waste.
You will be tasked with leading a small cellar team which will expand during harvest. Culture is very important within Margan, and a healthy, happy disposition is important to furthering this team dynamic.
Proven Cellar and production management skills are required with the ability to take wine from a raw material state through to packaged product with attention to detail.
• Proficient clerical skills necessary to document production in line with LIP requirements as well as Sustainable Winemakers Association.
• Methodical and precise cellar practice that adheres to a high level of hygiene and exactness.
• Passion for viticulture and understanding of relationship of vineyard to winemaking.
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Applicants must have Australian citizenship/residency or a valid existing Australian work visa.
Please forward a copy of your CV and cover letter via email.