Vineyard operative

  • Company: Ridgeview Wine Estate
  • Closing Date: 06-06-2023
  • Location: Ditchling Common, near Burgess Hill
  • Salary: Competitive with staff discount
  • Hours: Permanent
  • Contact Title: People and Well being co-ordinator
  • Contact Name: Karolina
  • Contact Email:
  • How to Apply: Please apply via our vacancy page on our website


Position Overview

Do you enjoy nature and working outside? Are you interested in Viticulture and would like to learn from one of the country’s most experienced and respected vineyard managers who now leads the team as Head of Viticulture? Do you care about quality and sustainability, share our values and are excited to work in a friendly and forward-thinking business, making waves at the forefront of the thriving English Wine industry? Then Ridgeview is the right place for you!

Main roles and responsibilities include:

Vine pruning and tying down.

Trellis maintenance

Canopy management.

Tractor driving using a variety of implements (trimming, mulching, leaf stripping, mowing, cultivating.)

Spraying vine canopy and weeds.

Assisting with frost prevention during the spring.

Vineyard data collection and record keeping.

Member of grape collection team during harvest.

Experience/skills required :

Vineyard or fruit tractor driving experience.

Recognised Certificate of competence for tractor driving (eg. Lantra / City & Guilds)

Basic viticultural knowledge.

Experience or understanding of safe handling and use of pesticides PA1 & PA3

IT skills: MS Office, Word and Excel.

Car driver preferred - the role will be based at 3 locations so ability to travel to them is essential.

What we will offer you:

The opportunity to work within an award-winning wine business as part of a pioneering, proactive, dynamic and friendly team.

Opportunities for your own continuous development with a focus on being the best you want to be

Higher than statutory annual leave

Access to our Employee Assistance Program.

Cycle to work scheme ( after qualifying period )

Tax free charity giving opportunities via payroll

Varied and well attended social events throughout the year

Excellent staff discounts

Hours: 37.5 Monday-Friday

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