Snr Winemaker: Red Wine

Thursday, 18 March, 2021

KWV is a leading South African wine and spirits producer with a distinguished heritage. KWV is celebrated around the globe for its product innovation and exceptional brands, which include Roodeberg, The Mentors, KWV Brandy, Laborie, Cathedral Cellar and Classic Collection. We currently have a position vacant for a Senior Winemaker in the Red wine cellar. The successful candidate will be responsible for the whole red winemaking process. The successful  applicant will be responsible to maintain and manage the assets and stock within the Wine Cellars Department to ensure optimal utilisation of the facility.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Tertiary qualification in Viticulture and Oenology
  • At least 5 years’ experience in winemaking
  • At least 3 years’ experience in managing a winemaking process and managing a team
  • Experience in wine marketing and sales
  • Computer skills( previous exposure to SAP would be advantageous)
  • Knowledge of different quality systems ( HACCP, BRC, IPW, Wieta, ISO)
  • Technical knowledge of wine making and machinery

Skills Required:

  • Detail Orientated
  • Excellent communication skills at various levels in organisation
  • Resilient
  • Ability to work cross functionally
  • Excellent problem solving abilities
  • Pro-active mind set and self-starter
  • Ability to operate independently

Job Summary:

  • Ensure collaboration with the planning department to align procurement and volumes to production forecast
  • Ensure the right quality, price and volumes/quantity grapes and wine are purchased in line with the forecast and produce according to style and brand
  • Monitor the quality of the cultivation practices as well as the quality and ripeness of grapes in collaboration with the viticulturists to ensure the highest yield /ton and best quality of products.
  • Meet with suppliers to evaluate products and decide on utilisation.
  • Compile harvest programme with regards to cellar capacity vs intake in collaboration with viticulturist and chief winemaker
  • Ensure effective grape and wine in take process by optimal utilisation of capacity
  • Determine wine styles in collaboration with Chief Winemaker.
  • Adhere to expectations of market and ensure realisation of marketing and sales strategy.
  • Manage winemaking practices and intrinsic quality of wine to ensure alignment to quality, style, volume and price point these include grape/wine intake, fermentation management, maturation, blending, stabilisation and final wine preparation for bottling.
  • Ensure implementation of relevant food and H&S safety standards.
  • Ensure implementation of audit findings
  • Ensure you are up to date with trends, technologies and research regarding wine production by engaging with relevant suppliers, authorities and industry bodies.
  • Adhere to annual OPEX and CAPEX budgets for respective business units and report on expenditure in collaboration with Wine Service Manager.
  • Report risks based on bulk volumes available compared to forecast.
  • Implement the regrade process and ensure wine application and allocation is adhered to.
  • Report on deviations on standards in terms of losses and regrades.
  • Perform assets register verification and stock takes within departments
  • Have regular team or one-on-one meetings with direct reports
  • Conduct performance reviews with direct reports.
  • Recruit and select direct reports Implement training and development initiatives and align to succession or individual development plans. Reprimand and discipline direct reports
  • Create an environment for questioning, risk taking, improvement and knowledge sharing
  • Support Sales and Marketing Departments by attending and presenting wine tastings, wine forums and discussions.
  • Represent the company on cellar and wine shows/exhibitions.

Closing date for applications will be 25 March 2021