Vineyard Operator, Banrock Station

Date: 10-Jan-2022

Location: Kingston on Murray, Australia

Company: Accolade Wines

Enrich Your Everyday

At Accolade Wines, our purpose is to enrich everyday moments through our amazing wine brands. It goes without saying  that everything we do as an organisation and as individuals is in service of fulfilling this purpose.

As one of the world’s leading wine companies, our award-winning portfolio includes loved brands such as Stonier, Hardys, Grant  Burge, St Hallett, House of Arras, Petaluma, Banrock Station, Mud House, Jam Shed, Tatachilla, Brookland Valley and  many more.

The driving force behind our business is our people, their expertise, their passion and their professionalism. With over 1,400 dedicated employees in Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and North and South America, it is our teamwork that sets us apart.

Role Details

This role is a member of the Banrock Station Vineyard Team and is responsible for assisting in vineyard operations in the Banrock Station vineyards.

You will be required to carry out a range of viticultural tasks throughout the season in a safe and efficient manner.

Training will be provided where required.

Your Key Accountabilities

•    Irrigation Maintenance – checking and repair of drip line, mains and submains, injection of peroxide, fertiliser and other products as required.
•    Irrigation Watering – liaising with the Management team on the water requirements of the vineyard and operation of the automatic or computer system controllers.
•    Hand Pruning– Using secateurs and loppers, undertake both cane and spur including pulling out roll and rolling on of canes.
•    Mechanical Pruning – competence in the use of various pruning and trimming machinery.
•    Pest and Disease Monitoring as required.
•    Pest and Disease Control – spraying, fungicide and insecticides on the vines as required.  Thus, being competent in the handling of chemicals and spray calibration and operation.
•    Weed Control – spraying herbicide as directed.  Thus, being competent in the handling of chemicals and spray unit calibration and operation.
•    Tractor Operating – for slashing, spraying, harvesting, summer trimming, spreaders etc.
•    Harvester Operation – able to operate the harvesters on the vineyard at a competent level.
•    Crop Estimation, bunch thinning and maturity sampling.
•    Trellis repairs and maintenance
•    Forklift operations

Other Accountabilities Include

•    Ensure compliance with company health and safety procedures

•    Participate in training programs as required

•    Carry out any other tasks or responsibilities that may be requested by the Vineyard Manager. 

•    Ensure vineyard assets are properly controlled, protected and maintained.

Your Knowledge and Skills


•    Courteous and professional manner
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
•    Good communication and organisational skills
•    Demonstrates enthusiasm and is self-motivated


•    Physically fit and enjoy working outdoors
•    Vineyard operation skills
•    Keen interest in producing high quality fruit
•    Ability to work safely and efficiently

Essential Qualifications

Proven Vineyard  experience - minimum 4 years’ experience AQF 3 or 4 Viticulture, Extensive practical and technical knowledge of viticulture, or intensive horticulture

Required Experience:

Hands-on experience working in vineyards or a related field including machinery operations.

Physical and Other Requirements

A valid driver’s licence is essential
A forklift licence is required

This role involves:
•    Working outdoors
•    Working with hazardous substances
•    Exposure to noise
•    Regular manual handing

Our Company Values

•    Ownership
•    Focus
•    Innovate
•    Results
•    Leadership