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Harvest Cellar Hand 2024

Ridgeview Wine Company
Ditchling, Hassocks
Closing date
23 May 2024

Job Details

About Us

Ridgeview has been producing world-class sparkling wine for over 25 years. Considered pioneers of the English Wine Industry, our state-of-the-art winery and established vineyards (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) are based in the heart of the South Downs National Park, with breath-taking views of the surrounding area. We are proud to be certified by Wines GB as a sustainable vineyard and winery, and we invest in the latest, innovative equipment to minimise our impact on the natural world whilst crafting the highest quality sparkling wine around.



Ridgeview is a family business built on a strong sense of teamwork. We believe in passion, a sense of purpose and a commitment to excellence. Ridgeview lives and breathes a family ethos, valuing all our staff as individuals, with a unique story and an important role to play. We are a vibrant, dynamic and diverse team who make great things happen, together.

Job Description

A unique opportunity for Vintage Cellar Hands to join Ridgeview, a multi award-winning English Sparkling Wine producer in Sussex. You’ll play a vital and vibrant role in our 2024 harvest and gain unrivalled experience at the cutting edge of winemaking in this country.



  • You’ll carry out racking and transfers, ferment inoculations and chaptalizing. There will be an exciting variety with the opportunity to experience three different styles of pressing (including Ridgeview’s Coquard PAI traditional press), working with one of the most experienced English sparkling winemakers in the country. All of this will take place in our brand new winery extension.
  • There will be fruit sources received from exceptional vineyards across the whole of Southern England and you’ll witness the entire harvest process as part of our small, skilled and supportive team. You’ll pull together with general cellar work, tank and equipment cleaning, assisting in maintaining winery cleanliness, and most importantly, celebrate success together.



  • As well as being confident and comfortable with the tasks outlined above, you will ideally also have the following experience:
  • At least two harvests as a cellar hand
  • Experience in chemical sanitisation of tanks and equipment
  • Be available for around four to eight weeks from mid to end of September (actual dates to be confirmed nearer the time as will be dependent on grapes ripening)
  • Flexibility with additional hours required depending on harvest
  • Your own right to work in the UK
  • Are able to work typical long shifts, 6 days per week dependent on the harvest



  • The opportunity to work within an award-winning business as part of a pioneering, proactive, dynamic and friendly team, at the forefront of the English Wine Industry
  • A unique experience to see the whole process, working alongside our Head Winemaker, Simon Roberts with over 25 years of experience
  • A very competitive hourly rate
  • Your working hours will be spent in a stunning vineyard with unrivalled views of the South Downs
  • Accommodation can be found (at cost) for those outside of area
  • A hot meal provided each shift
  • Staff discounts while on contract



  • We’d love to introduce ourselves! To find out more about who we are and what makes us tick, click on the links below:
  • Harvest – Behind the Scenes
  • Wellbeing at Work
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sustainability
  • Ridgeview – A Glimpse Behind the Scenes


Please note that we are unable to sponsor visas. Successful applicants will need to prove their own right to work in the UK, or already be settled in the UK. All employers will legally need a share code to confirm right to work in the UK. We are also unable to provide any legal advice. For the government guidance on work rights for EU citizens., please check


About Us

We are an international award winning, family ran winery, based near Ditching in Sussex. We are focussed on producing the highest quality, minimal intervention, traditional method sparkling wine. We have won many accolades over the years including IWSC 2018 International Winemaker of the Year.

At Ridgeview, our internal values mean to lot to us and we seek out people who look to embody them. As a team we strive for quality and excellence, respecting people along the way, developing talent and building trusting relationships. We aim to be pioneering, to make great things happen and with our passionate team, who take pride in everything they do, we also like to celebrate success.

Our international award-winning sparkling wine is sold through multiple channels including restaurants, independent resellers, supermarkets and direct to the consumer via our cellar door and website. We are looking for a dynamic team player to help drive our digital communications and strategy to the next level.

Company info
Ridgeview Wine Estate
Fragbarrow Lane
Ditchling Common

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