Experienced Vineyard Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Stone Tower Winery

  Leesburg, Virginia

Background– Situated on 460 acres of property atop Hogback Mountain in Leesburg, VA, Stone Tower Winery is a family -owned and -operated vineyard and winery dedicated to making premium estate-driven wines and creating memorable wine experiences that both inspire and enhance the lives of the people and community we serve. Stone Tower Winery is actively seeking an experienced, focused and enthusiastic individual to lead our vineyard team as our Vineyard Manager. This position offers the unique opportunity to work with dedicated owners to further build on an exciting legacy of a world-class, premium estate vineyard and winery.

Currently the property hosts 95 acres of established vineyards, with plans to develop ~10-15 additional over the coming years. Varietals of focus are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc; with smaller plantings of Viognier, Albariño, Petit Manseng, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Petit Syrah, Roussanne, Marsanne. The Vineyard Manager is responsible for managing our talented and dedicated team of vineyard staff made up of both full-time, year-round, local team members and seasonal workers via H2A.

The Vineyard Manager is responsible for safe, efficient, and effective management and execution of all wine grape production at Stone Tower Winery.

Responsible for the development, refinement, and ongoing implementation of viticulture techniques and protocols that maximize the quality of fruit produced from estate vineyards.
Responsible for management of all vineyard team employees.
Identify and implement new technologies to improve vineyard quality.
Develop annual and long term operational vineyard budgets, and ensure they are adhered to.
Design vineyard machinery program and execute maintenance program for all vineyard equipment, hospitality golf carts, and company vehicles.
Design and oversee all vineyard establishments and redevelopments.
Ensure all government compliances and record keeping is in place and updated as needed.
Active participation in educational programs & hands-on experience for all winery staff.
Support Stone Tower’s overall operations through limited grounds, internal road, and facilities maintenance.
Exude Stone Tower’s Core Values: beat everyone’s expectations; true excellence is achieved by continually raising the bar; true success only comes with integrity, satisfied customers sign our checks, team of “Top of Class” performers.
Be an advocate for Virginia wine.

Enthusiasm, a sense of humor, self-starter attitude, flexibility and a positive outlook.
Commitment to excellence, high standards and successful execution of ideas.
Interest in continuing to challenge knowledge and improve skills in all areas of fine wine production.

Required skills include the ability to:
Collaborate with Winemaker and production team on key growing and harvest decisions.
Communicate proactively and precisely with all winery team members.
Work independently, as well as collaborate closely with other members of the winery team.
Motivate and mentor team members.

Specific requirements include:
5+ years of vineyard and people management experience with increasing responsibility for decision making.
College degree required; degree in Viticulture preferred.
Fluency in spoken and written English required; conversational Spanish or higher fluency preferred.
Mechanical aptitude with regard to basic repair and maintenance of farm machinery.
Physical ability to lift 50 pounds and be on feet for extended periods during working hours.
Demonstrated basic computer knowledge and skills including Excel and Word.

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