Winemaker - 0

Wednesday, 28 October, 2020
Jeanette Williamson     0731808619
KwaZulu Natal  

As a Winemaker for our notable client (Winkelshoek Wynkelders), you will understand the entire Winemaking process, from grape to bottle, and showcase your ability to influence the quality and style of the final wine delivered to our consumer. You will also act as a mentor to other winemakers on the team driving collaboration and continued learning.

What You Will Do

  • Identifies aromas and flavors in wines and recommends treatments to improve wine quality
  • through tasting of inventory at assigned location(s).
  • Participates in the wine tasting process and is responsible for the attainment of wine flavor profiles in order to meet marketing needs and style targets.
  • Addresses supply/demand issues to help ensure that the blends they are responsible for reach the targeted run out date and that the winery’s bulk inventory is balanced. Understands the big picture inventory view and the role their programs play in it.
  • Responsible for the cellar process management of grapes, juices, and wines including ingredient additions, racks, transfers, clarification, blends, shipping, and final preparation for bottling.
  • Responsible for building a harvest ingredient plan for programs managed that will ensure all final blends are on style and on cost.
  • Responsible for ensuring all blends are approved on time, style, and cost, and are ready to ship or bottle to minimize impact to finished goods inventory.
  • Responsible for making picking and streaming decisions in the vineyards for both their assigned programs and those of other team members.
  • Responsible for making decisions related to grape receiving, crushing, pressing, fermentation, solids management, and all harvest related ingredients. Understands how these decisions will impact the style and quality of wine being made.
  • Conducts fining trials, defect mitigation processes and general wine risk assessments.

What You Need

  • Bachelor's degree in Enology, Winemaking, Viticulture, Fermentation Science, Plant Science, Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biological Engineering or Chemical Engineering plus 5 years of Enology, Winemaking, Viticulture or Chemistry experience with increasing levels of responsibility OR Master’s degree in Enology, Winemaking, Viticulture, Fermentation Science, Plant Science, Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biological Engineering or Chemical Engineering plus 3 years of Enology, Winemaking, Viticulture or Chemistry experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Candidates for this position must have a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. Required to obtain a driver’s license or appropriate state driver’s license within 30 days of hire.
  • Required to lift and move 35 pounds.
  • Vision necessary to judge wine and brandy color.
  • Skilled in the use of MS Word and Excel at a basic level.

What Will Set You Apart

  • Bachelor's degree in Enology, Winemaking, Viticulture, Fermentation Science, Plant Science, Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biological Engineering or Chemical Engineering plus 7 years of Enology, Winemaking, Viticulture or Chemistry experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Experience with working under different climatic conditions.
  • Strong working knowledge of all-winemaking equipment, processes and procedures at assigned
  • location(s).
  • Three years of harvest and production related winemaking experience.
  • Experience working with multiple varietals including both red and white grapes.


Send CV's with references to: jeanette.o.williamson@gmail.com