Vineyard Manager vacancy

Friday, 18 October, 2019
Cape Town  

An established wine farm in Elgin within the Overberg region is seeking to permanently employee an experienced Vineyard Manager.

The position requires self-disciplined, careful, conscientious, and dependable work with good organisation.  Technical knowledge in a specialised field is necessary.  Results need to be achieved quickly and in strict accordance with standards, policies and rules.  Careful, conservative, exacting, demanding and critical behaviour is required.  The job entails a strong task, hands-on approach, good attention to detail and close follow-up.


Duties include:

Production Management: vineyard

- Plan farming activities using budgeting techniques to achieve production targets, in close co-operation with the owner and the owner’s viticulturist.
- Source required supplements to achieve production targets
- Develop and implement an annual nutrient management plan, in conjunction with the owner and according with the soil analyses reports
- Develop and implement crop control, folia management (determent by the season) and vines establishing, soil program discussed with the owner
- Manage irrigation schedule, weeds and pests to ensure optimal crops.
- Liaise with key rural professionals e.g. fertilizer rep, chemical rep and contractors to ensure smooth operation of the farm
- Work within best practice environmental guidelines
- Ensure any development work is undertaken with appropriate consents

Estate Maintenance / environment

- Develop, review and manage repairs and maintenance schedule for all plant, machinery and infrastructure (buildings: guesthouse, staff houses, farm buildings).
- Enforce security rules and policies on the farm
- Ensure all relevant company policies are understood and adhered to.


- Work actively as a team member in developing and achieving Company objectives;
- Work with the Managing Director to develop the Business Plan and annual budget
- Monitor seasonal expenditure in line with the budgeted cash flow.
- Supervise day-to-day activity, organize rosters and schedule tasks/activities that need to be undertaken
- Conduct an annual review of staff performance and maintain employment records
- Ensure that health and safety policies and procedures are understood and adhered to
- Ensure new staff are inducted and aware of company policies and are given role clarity.


  • Experience in similar position for 5 to 10 years.
    • Relevant training/qualifications in Viticulture/Farming management
    • Skills in building maintenance, electric, mechanical
    • Strong organizational skills, and attention to detail

    This position will report to the Managing Director

Please email your updated CV, with two contactable references to

If you do not receive a response within 14 days, please consider your application unsuccessful.