CAREERS/POSITIONS

Eastern Peake & Latta Vino

 

Vineyard Manger

 

Job Description:

 

Eastern Peake was established in 1983 by the Latta family, the business is a small second generation family run operation guided by Owen Latta. two wine labels are produced on site - Eastern Peake (estate grown vineyards) & Latta vino - contract growers in Western & Central Victoria.

 

The Eastern Peake vineyard is located at Coghills Creek 25km northwest of Ballarat Victoria. We produce ultra cool climate Pinot Noir, chardonnay & Syrah. Organic practices are used on our own site of 10 acres plus 10 acres in conversion of neighbouring vineyards. Over the next 24 months new plantings of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir are proposed for planting on the remaining 7 acres of vacant land on the estate.

 

Latta vino has been built on the strong relationships of long term grape growers with unique vineyard sites across western & Central Victoria. These sites enable the production of complex, interesting & fun wines that speak of place & the Growers.

 

We are seeking out a person for full time work, with 2-5+ years experience in vineyard management -  preferably of an organic/biodynamic/cool climate background. The ability to work within a small team, co-ordination of labour, support to our growers, attention to detail in the operation of machinery, equipment & tractors, pest and disease management/prevention, soil & vine health management systems, exceptional communication skills & work ethic, The ability to step into the winery over harvest as needed. It’s currently quite an exciting time within our small business, we have seen lots of positive growth over the last 5 years or more. we’re really looking forward to welcoming someone into our team. 

 

 

 

Job Requirements:

 

  • Tractor driving & Operation (fendt 209v, dadedong dk55, & new holland tn55s)

  • experience with under vine cultivation & mowing (Clemens sb2 knife & tiller/ multi cleaner)

  • The flexibility of working some occasional longer hours throughout the growing season & harvest

  • A high level of cane pruning experience 

  • Attention to detail

  • self-motivated , energetic & the ability to work autonomously 

  • Operation, calibration, maintenance & cleanliness of machinery & equipment.

  • Experience with Fendt TMS operations is a benefit

  • Valid licences for car & forklift

  • Great Leadership, verbal communication & problem solving skills

  • A Chemical Handling certificate would be advantageous

  • Pruning, Vine training, Planting, Trellising, Irrigation works, canopy management

  • Supervision of permanent, casual and contract labour

  • Keeping records/vineyard data entry through our systems - vinsight

  • A commitment to Workplace Health & Safety

  • Soil health input’s, Planing of planting cover crops, bio preps, sprays & teas.

  • Implementing Spray programs to follow the season.

  • Vineyard monitoring/analysis 

  • Physically fit & able to safely lift, bend, reach, etc and work with repetitive tasks

 

 

All applicants must have an Australian citizenship/residency or a valid existing Australian work visa. Also agriculture is classified as an essential service full vaccination is required by the victorian state government. Remuneration: a salary package will be negotiated according to experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

 

Please forward a cover letter and resume via email to owen.latta@easternpeake.com.au

Any further questions feel free to email owen.latta@easternpeake.com.au.