Viticulture Technician, Argyle Winery, Dundee, OR

A pioneer in the Oregon wine industry, Argyle was founded in 1987 to capture the unique terroir of the Willamette Valley in a sparkling wine. Now 30 years later, Argyle produces one of the most diverse portfolios in Oregon – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sparkling wines.  Built on a ‘grower first’ philosophy, Argyle manages 400 acres split across three vineyards located in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs.

Role Profile
The position will assist in the development and implementation of a robust viticulture program for the company’s 400 acres of premium wine grapes. Supporting the current vineyard and winery production team, this individual will help ensure Argyle’s Vineyards remain dynamic and deliver on their goal of producing high end sparkling and still wines.

 Accountabilities
Vineyard (90%)

  • Scouting for pest and diseases; creating detailed scouting reports
  • Crop estimation (cluster counting, cluster weights, forecasting)
  • Monitoring plant and soil water/nutrient status for irrigation and fertilization scheduling
  • Help optimize and maintain viticulture scouting software
  • Work with vineyard crew performing various tasks including pruning, cluster thinning, etc.
  • Participate in harvest via scheduling, planning, and reporting
  • Generate regular reports to track weather, phenology, Labor hours
  • Complete pesticide use, and annual sustainability reports
  • Assist in a detailed safety program

Winery (5%)

  • Assist the cellar crew during harvest, bottling, disgorging, etc.

Company Wide (5%)

  • Participate and contribute at various industry events, including OPC, IPNC, and special tasting house operations

Skills

  • Strong analytical ability
  • Excellent communicator
  • Be flexible and adaptable to changing work demands
  • Strong organization and time management
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Willing and capable of various outdoor Labor tasks in inclement weather
  • Safe tractor operation
  • Highly proficient using MS Office applications
  • Experience with viticulture software
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs

Knowledge

  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • College graduate in viticulture or related field
  • Masters degree or higher desired
  • Bilingual Spanish/English

Experience:

  • 1-2 seasons of vineyard experience

Job Posted:

Monday, February 26, 2018

Type of Work:

Full Time

Job Category:

Vineyards

Salary Information:

Competitive with market

Contact:

geoff@argylewinery.com