Senior Vineyard Manager

Application ends: June 30, 2024
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Job Description

Part of global powerhouse Viña Concha y Toro, Bonterra Organic Estates is focused on crafting wines from our facility in Mendocino County, California, including category leader Bonterra (named the 2016 Wine Enthusiast American Winery of the Year); sustainability standout Fetzer; and 1000 Stories, California’s original Bourbon barrel-aged wine.

Bonterra Organic Estates is the largest U.S. winery to be Regenerative Organic Certified® by the Regenerative Organic Alliance which demonstrates our commitment to soil health, animal welfare and social fairness. All of our Mendocino County vineyards and the winery were certified at the silver level in ‘21. Additional certifications we hold include B Corp, TRUE Zero Waste, Climate Neutral, and California Certified Organic Farmer.

As Sr. Vineyard Manager, you will be on the forefront of cultivating our future through regenerative organic practices, leaving the earth better than we found it. In this role, you will work closely with the vineyard team throughout our sites, located in the Ukiah and Hopland areas. This includes ranches for our Bonterra portfolio of brands. With an operation of over 830 acres, this is a great opportunity for those with a strong interest in working with Regenerative Organic Certified® fruit.

Working with vineyard leadership and your subsequent team, you will generate and implement farm plans for our internal ranches to ensure annual production of quality wine grapes at the right cost—by brand and product. In addition, you will contribute to the leadership and development of the vineyard team while fostering continuous improvement in all areas including safety, efficiency, quality, application of new technology, etc.

On-site company provided housing available

Vineyard & Crop Management – 40%
• Prepare annual farming plans for area ranches to review with leadership team to meet organic, quality and cost goals
• In-season crop, fertility, pest and disease management
• Management of crop data, historical farming data (i.e., bud break, weather, frost, etc.). Direct and oversee the data collection process and ensure validity of data collected
• Hire outside vendors or contractors compliant with company policies for various services and materials
• Interact with winemaking team in order to produce fruit that meets desired goals of wine programs
• Manage equipment performance, operation and safety
• Review crop quality annually with winemakers

Vineyard Finance & Planning – 30%
• Work with leadership and finance to prepare annual expense and capital budgets to meet farm plan, production and cost goals
• Manage vineyard expenses within budgetary guidelines
• Assist with capital projects and replants
• Annual crop estimation – budget plan, post-set estimate, veraison adjustment

Team Management – 20%
• Manage activities of vineyard personnel: ranch lead assistants, supervisor, operators and laborers
• Coordinate seasonal hires, rehires, layoffs, etc. for seasonal workers
• Responsible for timekeeping and tracking of employee hours worked, by task and location. Work closely with crew leaders, payroll and vineyard finance team to ensure the timely and accurate collection of payroll data
• Ensure proper safety and training of staff
• Performance management

General Departmental Management /Other – 10%
• Find new products, management of experimental vineyards. Graph data, identify trends, draw conclusions and make recommendations
• Ensure all activities are performed in manner compliant with state, federal, local, company and organic policies and regulations
• On behalf of the company, participate in community and/or farming functions
• As needed, support product marketing and sales initiatives by assisting with/providing tours and informational meetings. Participate in potential travel to support these efforts

• BS in Viticulture or related science/field & a minimum 7 years practical experience, or demonstrated vineyard experience including supervision of processes and teams, or 10 yrs vineyard management experience and HS diploma or equivalent required
• Thorough knowledge of viticulture practices & experience in vineyard planning & development; experience with organic, a huge plus
• Excellent knowledge of viticulture & a general knowledge of winemaking practices and cycles
• Thorough understanding of finance & budget processes
• Experience with operation of wheel, crawler& construction tractors, farming implements, machine harvesters, as well as ATV & utility machines
• Demonstrated supervisory skills – ability to delegate work, set clear direction and manage workflow. Strong mentoring and coaching skills. Ability to train staff/develop subordinate’s skills.
• Developed computer skills in programs such as Excel, Word, database, email, weather programs and internet
• Qualified Applicator License (QAL), preferred
• Bilingual English/Spanish (speaking/reading) preferred
• Valid Driver’s License
• On-site company provided housing available. Vehicle provided

Physical Requirements – Ability to lift/carry 40 lbs. on a frequent basis; ability to push/pull up to 30 lbs. on a frequent basis; ability to drive motor vehicles to assigned ranches, work locations and offices; able to work in all weather conditions including but not limited to heat, cold, wet and windy. Ability to walk and perform physical work in vineyards with steep and/or uneven terrain, mud, dust and soft soil. Ability to climb, crawl, squat, kneel, and bend. Sitting, hand/finger dexterity, and working at computer or in an office or shop setting required.