Vineyard Assistant / Crop Technician

Vineyard Assistant / Crop Technician

Vineyard Assistant / Crop Technician

Role Vineyard Assistant / Crop Technician
Location Thakeham, West Sussex
Salary Negotiable depending on experience

About Us

Abingworth Vineyard is a wine producer nestled at the foot of the South Downs in the historic village of Thakeham, West Sussex. This family-run vineyard aspires to create award-winning English wines. A sense of fun, quality visitor experience and bringing value to the local community are core to our business.

The vineyard was planted in May 2022 and is just over 9 hectares. With an aim to produce still and sparkling wine, the planted vines include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Cabaret Noir and Chardonnay.

Abingworth Vineyard is a young venture currently focused on establishing the vines and planning for the first vintage in 2024. Additional plans also include a purpose-built modern winery that will be built on site. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an expanding English vineyard in an exciting and growing sector.


  • Tractor driving (experience preferred)
  • Tractor operations: mowing, cultivating, spraying and mulching
  • Organisation of our machinery and equipment
  • Vineyard trellis repairs/maintenance, strimming work and general estate maintenance
  • Vineyard Work: pruning, tying down, bud rub, canopy management, disease/pest monitoring
  • Assist the Vineyard manager to supervise and work with vineyard operatives and contractors during all vineyard activities
  • Harvest: tractor and trailer work, supervising extra staff or Volunteers
  • Some evening/night work will be required if there is a frost season in spring and at harvest time in the autumn.
  • Opportunity to work in the winery operations┬á

About You

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Positive attitude and a strong work ethic
  • Passionate and detail orientated individual who is keen to join a small growing team
  • Cross functional skills with emphasis on machinery and grounds equipment
  • Previous agricultural experience related to producing and harvesting seasonal crop
  • Competent tractor and machinery operator
  • Willingness to undertake other relevant tasks to support the business as required
  • Able to perform strenuous manual labour and work in varied weather conditions
  • All relevant PA1-3 spray qualifications desired but not essential
  • Full driving licence
  • Ability to use a computer if required


Whilst we are still growing as a business and defining several of our employee benefits, we currently offer the following:

  • 30 days annual leave (+ bank holidays) scheduled around the growing season
  • Pension scheme: 5% employer 5% employee
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Learning and development opportunities

Next Steps

Excited at the opportunity to join a growing English vineyard? If you would like to join our growing team, then please send a copy of your CV and a Cover Letter to [email protected]

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence, and we welcome applications from all backgrounds. Salary information for the role will be shared prior to any interview.


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