Chaddsford Winery announces plans to welcome a new winemaker in 2019 as incumbent vintner, Jim Osborn, transitions to retirement.
Osborn joined Chaddsford in 1987 from the restaurant industry. He has served in his current role since 2011, and prior to that, served as cellar master and cellar hand under the guidance of founder Eric Miller. During his tenure as winemaker, Osborn oversaw all facets of wine production, including vineyard liaisons, harvest parameters, blending and aging decisions, quality control, and bottling. His craftsmanship and leadership have produced award-winning wines in regional, national, and international arenas.
“Osborn has maintained the quality and integrity of our flagship brands, while putting his personal stamp on new, exciting releases,” says Corey Krejcik, vice president and general manager. “He’s been a phenomenal leader for our winemaking team, and I congratulate him on an incredible 32 years of service.”
With the goal of transitioning to a new winemaker before the end of the year, efforts are currently underway to identify a candidate whose skills, work ethic, and vision align with the demands of the position. Assisting with the search will be Ethan Wilson, who was recently promoted to cellar master after serving for ten years on the cellar team. Wilson has assumed oversight of all production and day-to-day cellar activities while Osborn remains in his role as winemaker during the search.
“We are excited about the opportunity to add to our production team, but realize that finding the right candidate is imperative to achieving our long-term goals,” notes Krejcik.
With a number of renowned viticulture and enology degree-granting universities located in the region, as well as a booming craft beverage industry, Chaddsford expects a strong candidate pool to emerge during the search.
For more information about the open position and to read a complete job description, visit: https://www.chaddsford.com/pages/employment