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Leading global wine company announces search for next gen winemakers

Company News | August 2022

AVL Wines celebrates second year in partnership with the University of Adelaide

Leading global wine company, AVL Wines, has partnered with the University of Adelaide for the second year running in its search for the next generation of winemakers.

The AVL Wines Graduate Program gives students currently undertaking a tertiary qualification in Wine Science or similar the opportunity to experience a three-month Vintage Assistant Winemaker role at AVL Wines’ acclaimed Buronga Hill Winery, with up to three candidates selected and offered competitive salaries with benefits.

AVL Wines Buronga Hill Winery is one of the most sustainable, innovative and technologically advanced wineries in the southern hemisphere. One of Australia’s largest wineries, the site is also 100% powered by wind and solar energy.

The students will be primarily focused on medium to large scale winemaking with exposure to premium winemaking and low and no alcohol winemaking. Students will also have access to technologies including spinning cone column, flash détente, electrodialysis, floatation and crossflow filtration.

Australian Vintage Ltd (AVL) is an ASX listed multi award winning Australian wine company with a strong global reach. AVL’s portfolio consists of the McGuigan, Tempus Two, Barossa Valley Wine Company and Nepenthe Brands amongst others.

Jamie Saint, AVL Wines’ Chief Winemaker, says: “The AVL Wines Graduate Program gives young and upcoming winemakers the chance to kick start their career in wine, working with some of Australia and the world’s favourite brands. The selected candidates will not only gain traditional winemaking experience but the opportunity to learn at one of the most sustainable and technologically advanced wineries, working on some of our exciting new brands and innovations.”

In its first year, the partnership saw two students completing their Master of Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Adelaide work on AVL Wines’ latest vintage.

“The placement at AVL was an extraordinary opportunity to be exposed to commercial winemaking and a lot of responsibility. The challenge of such responsibility resulted in a really rewarding vintage of learning and skill development.” – former AVL Wines Graduate, Emily Kearney.

“My time at AVL helped me learn a lot about the wine industry, in a good work environment wherein I was able to experience the intricacies of large-scale winemaking and was supported by a great winemaking team. I’d highly recommend the role to anyone looking for a vintage role that carries more responsibility than most other jobs with exposure to a variety of fruit from across the country.” – former AVL Wines Graduate, Tyler Follet.

Intake for the 2023 program will begin late July. Students interested in applying or finding out more can visit