Winemaker / Manager - Stanton & Killeen

Thursday, 23 December, 2021

If without Australian work rights, must have the capacity to apply for a subclass 494 Visa - see below

Commencing after the 2022 harvest and overseeing all winemaking, packaging and vineyard operations (including organic conversion), this new role is an opportunity to spearhead a classic. From the best Portuguese range in the country, to the collection of luscious fortified wines, it is an incredibly diverse portfolio.

Established in 1875, Stanton & Killeen is one of Australia’s oldest houses but is as vibrant and energetic as ever. Still famous for its superb fortified wines, S&K continues to innovate with its Portuguese table wines, including arinto, touriga nacional, tinto cão, tinta roriz and tinta barroca.

The wines are distributed across Australia and around the world, including the UK, Switzerland, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The position is part of the S&K leadership team and plays an ambassadorial role via promotional work plus professional development through broader wine community engagement. It requires high-level professionalism and commitment to S&K’s vision for quality, value, safety and environmental responsibility.

Located only 30 minutes from Beechworth, Wangaratta or Albury, and close to Victoria’s ski fields, this is an exciting opportunity to join one of Australia’s great family-owned houses.

An attractive remuneration package, commensurate with experience, is available to the successful candidate.

A detailed position description can be seen at

Duties and Responsibilities – You will:

  • Be responsible for hands-on management of all winemaking and ensure safe, compliant operation of the winery;
  • Work with the Vineyard Supervisor to set and oversee vineyard operations and financial plans, including redevelopments, OPEX, CAPEX, compliance and organic conversion;
  • Work with Sales & Marketing and Production teams to set and implement efficient and timely bottling schedules;
  • Report monthly to the GM on matters such as OPEX, CAPEX, OH&S, S&D, environmental and quality matters;
  • Promote the Estate’s wines in the market;
  • Lead by example.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of relevant winemaking experience across a range of styles;
  • Tertiary oenology qualifications;
  • Solid understanding of high-end, sustainable viticulture;
  • Experience managing winery financial matters;
  • Driver’s licence and ability to travel domestically.


  • Strong, clear communication and organisational style;
  • Empathy for, and understanding of, luxury brands;
  • Constructive, effective leadership style;
  • An eye for operational efficiency and attention to detail;
  • Passion for fine wine from across the world.

For applicants without Australian citizenship/ permanent residency, some of the requirements of Subclass 494, Employer-Sponsored Regional Provisional Visa are:

  • Applicant must be under the age of 45.
  • Hold relevant educational tertiary qualifications;
  • Have at least 3 years prior work experience in the nominated position;
  • Have English language skills equivalent to a score of 6.0 on the IELTS English language test;
  • Obtain a skill assessment from VetAssess, confirming that their qualifications and experience recognise the person as being a Winemaker,
  • Health checks have to be undertaken, and police clearances obtained;
  • Family members can be joined as part of the application;
  • The applicant will have costs associated with the visa application.

Applications close Sunday, 6th February 2022