Vineyard Equipment Manager

The Wine Group, 3237 Gaffery Rd., Vernalis, California, United States of America Req #423
Friday, January 15, 2021
At The Wine Group we are passionate about our people, our future and our wine. We are America’s second largest wine producer by volume with over 1,200 employees globally across 12 locations in California, New York and Australia. We are proud to be responsible for many of America’s most beloved wine brands, including Cupcake, Franzia, Chloe, Concannon, Benziger, Imagery, AVA Grace, 7 Deadly and more. We are dedicated to our culture built on values like entrepreneurialism, innovation, social responsibility and stewardship. To learn about us and our career opportunities, check us out at and then come join the exciting journey at The Wine Group.


Supervises and coordinates all the various activities to purchase, repair and maintain the vineyard equipment fleet. Assignments involve the execution of equipment acquisition and maintenance for all vineyard equipment requiring broad skills and knowledge of the equipment used in the areas of pruning, irrigation management, weed control, chemical applications, disease and pest control, cultivation, canopy management, and harvest of commercial wine grapes. Ideal candidates have a degree in a relevant field, experience in vineyards and equipment maintenance, and an analytical, curious, and open-minded approach to their work. Willing to train the right candidate with a degree and minimal experience who has an eagerness to learn. While this position is based at our Westley ranch, must be willing to travel to the various vineyards and TWG locations.


  • Oversees all vineyard equipment maintenance activities at all TWG Vineyard Operations equipment maintenance shops

  • Directs work assignments, delegating work to shop personnel in an effective manner

  • Trains personnel in the areas of scheduling procedures, safety and regulations related to equipment functions

  • Maintains communications with all equipment shop personnel and/or contractors ensuring proper procedures and quality of work

  • Works with Vineyard Managers and Vineyard Finance Manager to support farming operations, including harvest

  • Monitors equipment maintenance conditions to ensure minimal equipment downtime, optimum equipment efficiency and effectiveness, and cost minimization

  • Keeps accurate records of equipment maintenance data

  • Maintains records of daily events, equipment movement and work schedules

  • Assists with annual capital expenditure and operating expense budgets and reviews monthly

  • Manages the requisition, operation and maintenance of all tools, equipment, and vehicles

  • Reviews all expenditures for equipment maintenance to ensure that all operations are within budgetary parameters

  • Interprets company policies to workers and enforces safety regulations

  • Implements safety training programs

  • This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned


  • Must be 21 years or older at time of hire

  • Degree in Viticulture, Agribusiness, Engineering, AND/OR equivalent experience required

  • 5+ years of relevant vineyard equipment maintenance experience preferred

  • Preferred: operations experience including budgeting, contract management, etc.

  • Computer skills in Microsoft office; strong functional ability with MS Excel
  •  Analytical and inquisitive mindset
  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Support and model all company procedures and policies

  • Must embrace and demonstrate The Wine Group Core Values - Performance, Empowered and Cost-mindful, and keep them in mind when making all decisions


  • Position requires significant travel between equipment shops and vineyards

  • Primary work activities are in the environmental elements

  • Employee is exposed to wet or humid conditions

  • Exposed to inclement seasonal weather, summer heat, cold weather, rain

  • Must be able to move and lift up to 50 lbs.

  • May be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles, farming chemicals and fertilizers

At The Wine Group, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to an environment of mutual respect, diversity and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristic protected by law.

Other details

  • Job Family Vineyard Ops/Grower Relations
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Salary
  • The Wine Group, 3237 Gaffery Rd., Vernalis, California, United States of America