Viticulture Tech 1
Wente Family Estates
Founded in 1883, Wente Family Estates is the longest continuously-operated family-owned winery in the country, owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The family owns estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations. All of our wines are distributed throughout the United States and select brands are featured in over 70 countries worldwide. In 2010, Wente Family Estates was among the first wineries to receive the Certified California Sustainable Vineyard and Winery designation, and one of the only wineries to certify every aspect of its business. In 2011, Wente Family Estates was named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast and a top 30 wine company by Wine Business Monthly. With the deepest respect for the knowledge passed down from previous generations, the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family continue their vision for wine quality and integrity through passion, dedication and pursuit of excellence.
Discussed during Interview
As soon as possible
No end date, this is a regular FT position
The Viticulture Technician is responsible for tracking and reporting on each phase of the growing season and providing technical support to the vineyard operation. While data collection and interpretation are the main functions of this role, you will also be expected to participate or lead trials and experiments to enable a high function vineyard operation and exceptional fruit quality. You will help with customer support services for our Custom Farming clients and grape sales customers. This position will be expected to use our different software systems for data storage and regular reporting on scouting, task tracking, and seasonal progress. At WFE, employee performance is measured through the results delivered, as well as your behavior. Your consistent demonstration of our WFE RISE Values (Respect, Integrity, Sustainability & Excellence) are an expectation of all members of our team. The winegrowing operation is also driving a quality renaissance through our focus on key priorities, measuring what matters, and the integration of Lean/Shingo principles. As a member of our team, it is an expectation that you will improve the work, which supports the innovation and development of the whole.
Scouting and data collection and accurate record keeping including but not limited to:
Nutrient: tissue and soil
Regular use of systems including but not limited to:
Tracking and reporting progress for:
Pest and nutrient management
Task tracking and PY comparison
Must be able to hike uneven terrain in vineyards.
Must be prepared work in all weather conditions year-round.
Must be able to stand, bend and twist frequently and lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
Committed to work long hours and many weekends during harvest and other times of heavy workloads.
Valid CA Driver’s License
Operate under deadlines and sometimes a high degree of pressure. Work in a multi-task interrupt driven environment.
Previous vineyard experience is a plus.
Interact with all levels of staff using effective interpersonal skills.
Computer skills needed, familiarity using Microsoft Teams, Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint. AgCode experience is a plus.
Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.
Personal protective equipment provided or required
Social distancing guidelines in place
Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
Sustainability Values statement:
Supports environmental sustainability by controlling use of pesticides. Everything done in the vineyard is all in relation to the environment. Purchase the safest and most environmental-friendly products. Find extra uses for waste, such as recycling used water by filtering for watering. Impact economical sustainability by reducing the amount and frequency of pesticides used. Ensure protection of the natural habitat of the animals, by building bird boxes, etc.
This position description does not promise or imply that the functions listed are the only duties to be performed or that the position may not change or be eliminated. Employees are always expected to follow their supervisors’ instructions and to perform the tasks requested by their supervisors.