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Title Vineyard Manager
Employer Delfosse Winery
Employment Location Faber, VA
Company Description DelFosse Vineyards & Winery was established in 2000 in the Monticello AVA wine region. The location is exquisite, hugged between the hills, but with the elevation to guarantee not only flavorful wine but also breathtaking views. A brief thirty-minute drive from Charlottesville will lead you to our scenic location where you can experience the solitude of the Virginia countryside.
The European-styled terraced terrain of the DelFosse Winery provides unique wine-growing conditions. Our team of viticulturists and winemakers approach the challenges of the terrain with creativity, experience and passion.
Type Full Time
Pay Scale DOE
Employment Start Date ASAP
Job Description The Vineyard Manager reports directly to the General Manager and is responsible for maintaining the established 15 acre vineyard and installing future estate vineyards. This is a hands-on position, but with some supervisory duties. This position works in close accordance with the GM and owner. This candidate should be proficient level in tractor operation. This is a full-time hourly position.

Job Duties Include:

Responsible for operating tractors and equipment for grounds maintenance and pruning
Planning & management of vineyard operations including:
Oversight and application of Canopy Management
Maintain and repair trellis
Maintain canopy * Oversight and application of Pest/Disease Management
Daily (within growing season):
scout for pest damage
order pesticides as needed
supervise mixing and application of pesticides
apply pesticides as needed
maintain records of pesticide application * Oversight and application of Nutrient Management
Collect and process soil and plant tissue samples
Supervise application of lime and fertilizers * Oversight and application of Vineyard Floor Management
Oversee application of herbicides under trellis
Oversee mowing of vineyard row middles * Oversight and application of Harvest
Execute the harvesting of grapes.
Assist in hiring and supervise picking crew
oversee safe operation of harvest equipment in vineyard * Assist with fruit weighing, handling and loading * Manage new & replacement installation and management of vines
Assist in the following weekly:
Project future needs for labor, supplies and equipment necessary to carry out vineyard and grounds operations on a timely basis
Manage the following daily duties:
Prioritize vineyard & grounds tasks
Coordinate laborer work schedules
Maintain records for workers and equipment
Maintain documentation on activities in the vineyard and grounds in order to analyze and predict future resource needs and chart the progression of the growing season
Manage any problems with equipment to ensure timely repair or replacement * Worker supervision:
Describe and demonstrate vineyard tasks for laborers.
Monitor crew to ensure tasks are carried out safely, properly and quickly * Insure adherence to safety standards and protocols (OSHA)
Equipment Management:
Insure proper and safe use of all equipment
Assist Farm Maintenance Technician as needed.
Maintain and repair equipment as needed
Perform other duties as needed.
Qualifications:

Minimum of 3 years of practical experience in East Coast viticulture is required for this position
Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
Mechanical skills (tractor operation experience is required)
Ability to adapt to unforeseen constraints of weather, labor and equipment
Ability to work a flexible schedule during critical times of the season
Valid driver’s license and insurability by company
A positive attitude and team cooperation
A Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicators License as required to meet the operations needs for chemical applications. * Desired skills and abilities:
The ability to communicate in English and Spanish
Leadership experience
Strong project planning skills
Solid computer skills including MS Office applications
Physical Demands:
The ability to walk 2-5 miles per day in acreage with hilly terrain required.
The ability to work in various weather conditions required.
The ability to repeatedly lift and carry 40 pounds desired.
The ability to excel in a high stress and highly fatiguing work environment caused by constraints of weather, labor and equipment.
Contact Info Email resume
Contact Address 500 DelFosse Winery Ln, Faber, VA 22938
Contact Phone (434) 263-6100
Contact E-mail mike@delfossewine.com
Contact Website http://delfossewine.com

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