Hattingley seeks UK's second Winemaking Apprentice

The UK’s first Winemaking Apprentice has successfully completed her two-year apprenticeship at Hattingley Valley Wines and is now a full-time member of the winemaking team, so we are excited to announce a second opportunity to join this dynamic industry in partnership with the Vintners’ Company, Enotria & Coe, and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

England’s wine industry has exploded over the last few years with no sign of abating. An inevitable outcome of this is a shortage of skilled workers in the vineyards and wineries. There is of course a seasonal nature to the work but more and more full-time positions are required.

In order to encourage young people to get involved in this exciting and dynamic industry, Hattingley Valley has teamed up with the Vintners’ Company for a second time to offer a winemaking apprenticeship.

The successful applicant will be sent on courses in vine-growing and winemaking at Plumpton College, England’s centre of learning for wine production, and to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to gain a wider appreciation for the world of wine. Our UK agent, Enotria&Coe, will fund WSET up to Level 2 with the WSET itself sponsoring Level 3.

In addition, the successful candidate will be trained on the job by working alongside our award-winning winemaking team.

This will include operation of all the key machinery used in a sparkling wine winery: presses, riddling equipment, disgorging kit, labelling machines, pumps, filters and heat exchangers. Forklift training will be provided. A crucial part of the training will be tasting and blending the young wines with the winemakers to make both our award-winning wines and those of our client vineyards.

You would earn the UK living wage as a full-time employee for the length of the apprenticeship which could extend to two years, and the Vintners’ Company will sponsor your training costs during this time.

Once completed the apprentice should be very employable in any winery around the world or within England and Wales; indeed, this could be an opportunity to work and travel in the long-run, or the skills learnt could transfer to the wine trade.

Due to our rural Hampshire location and the need to attend training courses in Sussex the candidate will need to have independent transport.

No prior experience is required, nor any qualifications necessary although an ability to communicate clearly, listen and follow instructions carefully is vital. Enthusiasm and your attitude towards hard work and learning are the most important attributes; to this end we would request all applications are accompanied by a short paragraph describing why you are the ideal person for this unique role.

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The UK’s first winemaking apprentice Zoë Driver with Susan McCraith MW from The Worshipful Company of Vintners.

The UK’s first winemaking apprentice Zoë Driver with Susan McCraith MW from The Worshipful Company of Vintners.

The Vintners’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies in the City of London with a long and prestigious history, dating back to 1363, of supporting the wine trade.

Enotria&Coe is a leading London-based wine merchant serving both the on- and off-trade across the UK.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is the largest global provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications. WSET qualifications are recognized by the UK Government (Ofqual) and are widely viewed as the industry standard for knowledge.

Learn more about the role of being an Apprentice Winemaker at Hattingley Valley in an interview with Zoë here.

News, Winery, JobsRebecca Fisher