Winery Assistant Required

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We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Winery Assistant to join our small team based close to Dorchester, Dorset.

At Langham Wine Estate we pride ourselves in producing terroir-driven, thought-provoking wines using only the highest quality Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunier grown on our single vineyard site. We also produce a limited amount of wine under contract for a number of vineyards in the South of England. We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant to join our team to help with all aspects of winery work and support our continued growth. The successful candidate will have an open-minded approach and as part of a ‘grower estate’ be willing to become involved in all aspects of the business.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Winemaker with all winery tasks: harvest, blending, bottling and general organization and cleaning
  • Riddling, disgorgement and labelling of wine
  • Maintenance of winery equipment including presses, pumps, bottling line, disgorging machine and labelling line
  • Diligent record keeping at all stages of the winemaking process
  • Basic laboratory analysis on juice and wine
  • Involvement in all wine evaluation and input on winemaking decisions
  • Assist with vineyard tasks as needed, in particular winter pruning
  • Assist with vineyard tours, tastings and shows
  • Adherence to health and safety regulations

Personal attributes

  • Passionate about minimal intervention winemaking
  • Organised and efficient with attention to detail
  • Be willing to work weekends and evenings when required
  • Strong team player

 

Qualifications & experience

  • Winery experience preferred
  • Full, clean UK driving license
  • Forklift license beneficial
  • Computer literate with good Microsoft Office skills
  • Sales and customer service experience would also be beneficial
This is a permanent, full-time position beginning with a 6-month probationary period. Salary will be negotiable depending on experience.Please send a CV and covering letter to justin@langhamwine.co.uk
Closing date: Friday 6th December 2019

 

Silver Medal at Dorset Tourism Awards

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What the judges had to say:

‘A quality experience that opens your eyes’.

BEST OF DORSET TOURISM CELEBRATE WITH 78 AWARDS

We were thrilled to receive a silver medal for our first-ever entry in the small tourist attraction category.

A record 78 trophies were presented to tourism businesses from across the county at the 2019 Dorset Tourism Awards dinner, held at The Tank Museum on Thursday 17th October with guest speaker Simon Cripps, Chief Executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Now in its seventh year, the Awards broke all records in celebrating the best of Dorset tourism and also as the route for Dorset businesses to win in the South West and national VisitEngland awards.

All parts of the county saw winners – from Shaftesbury and Sherborne in the in the north, to Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth in the east, and Lyme Regis, Purbeck, Weymouth, Bridport and Lyme Regis in the south and west. Winners had been through what is recognised as one of the country’s most rigorous judging processes involving assessment of entry forms, 115 judging visits and ending with decisions by an independent panel.

 

Opportunity to run the Vineyard Café

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We currently have a fantastic opportunity to run the Vineyard Café at Langham Wine Estate.

Located close to Dorchester, Langham Wine Estate has developed a reputation for producing outstanding English Sparkling Wine. In 2017 we opened a Tasting Room and Café on-site in a converted dairy, to host tours, tastings and regular events.The business has seen significant growth over the last two years and we are now looking for a company, or individual, with a proven catering background, to build on this success and fully exploit the potential for the Vineyard Café.

You will need to ensure the food offer fully complements our wine portfolio and reflects the growing customer demand for provenance and innovation, whilst providing value for money. As part of a vibrant Dorset Food & Drink community you will create a compelling selection of daily and event menus, alongside an exemplary service proposition that will grow with our core business.

We are looking for a partner who will work with our small and friendly team and is committed to ensuring customers consistently receive an exceptional and memorable experience.

The chosen operator will be expected to sign up to a two-year agreement starting January 2020.

For expressions of interest please email justin@langhamwine.co.uk by close of play Thursday 31st October.

Interviews will take place Monday 18th November.

 

2018 Vintage all bottled

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After the exceptional 2018 harvest we decided to invest in a new bottling line in order to give us increased throughput and flexibility.

Over the course of August Daniel, our Winemaker, and Tommy, our Assistant Winemaker, bottled over 60,000 bottles across several blends of sparkling and still (for the first time!) wine.

Our usual storage facilities (those of you who have been on one of our tours will be familiar with the wine store) did not have enough capacity to store the latest vintage and so we had to come up with a new solution. Luckily we had access to some disused underground tunnels that, after a small restoration job, were more than perfect for the task.

10th Anniversary celebrations

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Join us for our 10th Anniversary celebrations on Sunday 11th August 2019.

Join us between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 11th August 2019 for special tastings, free winery and tractor vineyard tours, 10% off all bottle purchases and BBQ lunch, no need to book.

Also on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August, come along to sample our Off-Grid Cooking menu!

Off Grid Cooking Menu

Two Golds for a Second Year in a Row at WineGB Awards

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Dorset Producer is the Star of the Show at WineGB Awards

The top winners in the WineGB Awards 2019 were announced on 23 July, when the industry came together at Vintners’ Hall, the spiritual home of the UK wine trade, to celebrate of the outstanding achievements in this year’s national competition.

The resounding winner was Langham Wine Estate in Dorset, which scooped four trophies including Top Sparkling and the highest accolade in the competition, the coveted Supreme Champion trophy for its Blanc de Blancs Reserve NV.

Justin Langham WinesJustin Langham of Langham Wine Estate commented: “In our tenth anniversary year I am absolutely delighted that all our hard work and vision has been rewarded with these four superb trophies.

We are not only thrilled to be bringing some of these trophies back to Dorset for a third time, but also honoured to be recognised in these industry-leading awards amongst some really top-quality competition.”

Blanc de Blancs’ Silvers in IWSC 2019

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Our Blanc de Blancs have won two Silver medals in the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019!

Award Winning Sparkling Wine

 

Our first medal, a silver, was for our newly-released Blanc de Blancs Reserve at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition.
 
What the judges had to say:
“Lovely creamy, yeasty and baked-fruit notes on the nose. The palate has complex bright citrus notes, with baked apple, brioch, apricot and grapefruit characters. This has excellent minerality and is truly delicious, with a long, lingering finish.”

And another silver for our Blanc de Blancs 2011 Magnum.
 
What the judges had to say:
“Pale soft yellow gold with white gold streaming bubbles. Wonderful looking glass. The nose is just as inviting, oyster shell, lemon drizzle cake, white hedgerow flowers, hints of dark chocolate, roasting nuts and Pain d’écpices. Wonderful freshness and drive in the mouth, power and elegance with an extended gorgeous finish.”