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Sr. Vineyard Manager

Fetzer Vineyards

Hopland, CA

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Rooted in Impact

Fetzer Vineyards is the world’s largest winery certified as a B Corporation and the recipient of a United Nations Momentum for Change award for global leadership in climate-smart winegrowing. A wine industry leader in using business as a force for good, Fetzer Vineyards stewards an award-winning portfolio of multi-origin wines and spirits that are available in more than 50 countries worldwide. Founded by Barney Fetzer in Mendocino County, California, in 1968, Fetzer Vineyards today remains driven by excellence, innovation and longstanding commitments to the environment, regenerative agriculture, and responsible business practices.

In addition to robust offerings under the winery’s flagship Fetzer label, the winery also crafts the leading wine from organic grapes, Bonterra Organic Vineyards. Other California offerings include Anthony’s Hill, Relay, Sanctuary Wines and 1000 Stories, the original Bourbon barrel-aged wine. Part of global winery Viña Concha y Toro, Fetzer Vineyards imports iconic South American selections from Chile and Argentina.

As Senior Vineyard Manager, you will work closely with the vineyard team throughout our sites, located in the Ukiah and Hopland areas. This includes ranches for our Bonterra brand. With an operation of over 950 acres of certified organic grapes and more than 400 acres of biodynamically farmed grapes, this is a great opportunity for those with a strong interest in working with CCOF and certified Demeter fruit.

Working with vineyard leadership and subsequent team, you will generate and implement farm plans for Fetzer Vineyards’ Mendocino County ranches to ensure annual production of quality wine grapes at the right cost—by brand and product. In addition, you will contribute to the leadership and development of the vineyard team while fostering continuous improvement in all areas including safety, efficiency, quality, application of new technology, etc.

On-site company provided housing available.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

Vineyard and Crop Management – 40%
•  Prepare annual farming plans for area ranches to review with director of vineyard operations to meet organic, biodynamic, quality and cost goals
•  In-season crop, fertility, pest and disease management
•  Management of crop data, historical farming data (i.e., bud break, weather, frost, etc.). Direct and oversee the data collection process and ensure validity of data collected
•  Hire outside vendors or contractors compliant with company policies for various services and materials
•  Interact with winemaking team in order to produce fruit that meets desired goals of wine programs
•  Manage equipment performance, operation and safety
•  Review crop quality annually with winemakers

Vineyard Finance and Planning - 30%
•  Work with director of vineyard operations to prepare annual expense and capital budgets to meet farm plan, production and cost goals
•  Manage vineyard expenses within budgetary guidelines
•  Assist with capital projects and replants
•  Annual crop estimation – budget plan, post-set estimate, veraison adjustment

Personnel Management – 20%
•  Manage activities of vineyard personnel: ranch lead assistants, supervisor, operators and laborers
•  Coordinate seasonal hires, rehires, layoffs, etc. for seasonal workers
•  Responsible for timekeeping and tracking of employee hours worked, by task and location. Work closely with crew leaders, payroll and vineyard finance team to ensure the timely and accurate collection of payroll data
•  Ensure proper safety and training of staff
•  Performance management

General Departmental Management /Other – 10%
•  Find new products, management of experimental vineyards. Graph data, identify trends, draw conclusions and make recommendations
•  Ensure all activities are performed in manner compliant with state, federal, local, company and organic/biodynamic policies and regulations
•  As needed, support product marketing and sales initiatives by assisting with/providing tours and informational meetings. Participate in potential travel to support these efforts

Must Requirements:

•  BS in Viticulture or related science/field and seven years practical experience, or demonstrated vineyard experience including supervision of processes and teams, or ten years vineyard management experience and HS diploma or equivalent required
•  Thorough knowledge of viticulture practices and experience in vineyard planning and development
•  Excellent knowledge of viticulture and a general knowledge of winemaking practices and cycles
•  Thorough understanding of finance and budget processes
•  Experience with operation of wheel, crawler, and construction tractors, farming implements, machine harvesters, as well as ATV and utility machines
•  Commitment to safety excellence and producing work of the highest quality
•  Ability to measure, document, analyze, and maintain data
•  Requires exceptional organization skills to track farming data and maintain records
•  Demonstrated supervisory skills - ability to delegate work, set clear direction and manage workflow.
•  Developed computer skills in programs such as Excel, Word, database, email, weather programs and internet
•  Ability to safely operate an ATV through various vineyard conditions
•  Requires Qualified Applicator License (QAL)
•  Bilingual English/Spanish (speaking and reading) preferred
•  Valid CA Driver License

About Fetzer Vineyards:

Our California winery operation includes Mendocino County winery, production and over 1000 acres of vineyard locations. The company employs over 300 across the United States.


Fetzer Vineyards’ corporate office is located at 12901 Old River Rd Hopland, CA 95449.

On-site company provided housing available. Vehicle provided.

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Job Posted:
Thursday, June 10th
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