Welcome to the homepage of Margaret River Viticultural Services Pty Ltd (MRVS)

We are a small company that either directly manages or supplies team members to vineyards.

Welcome to Pruning Season 2022!

Thank you for visiting our page. Our pruning season teams start in the beginning of June and some teams come online a bit later in the month – this all depends on which vineyard and their requirements and generally goes until early to mid-September.

We have most of our contracts in the Willyabrup area of the Margaret River region (about 20 minutes north of Margaret River Township along Caves Road).

We invest a lot of time into our greatest asset – YOU!

Having said that, we generally look for team members who are genuinely interested in vineyard work and want to learn the ‘how’s’ and ‘whys’ of what we do in the vineyard.

We the usually run about 16 - 20 staff and we work with you, teaching you everything you need to know so that you can earn good money.

On the subject of money, what are we offering?
Some vineyards (NOT ALL) do offer an hourly piece rate system for faster pickers:

Our piece rates are annually reviewed, and our method of reviewing is to analyse what the previous year’s staff earned and if necessary, adjust the upcoming years pruning work so that we are in line with the Government Award guidelines that state: AN AVERAGE WORKER SHOULD BE ABLE TO EARN HOURLY PAY PLUS 20%. In 2022, this would be: Hourly: $27.50 PLUS 20% ($05.50) = $33.00 per hour.

We do pay a minimum of $27.50 per hour as we like our team to earn above everyone else.

It is NOT in our interest to employ staff on a low wage as this is counter productive to our business plan which is: the more our staff earn, the happier and more productive they will be!

We also work very closely with Rural Enterprises which is a government department that has been set up to find people farming work, so after the season finishes, if you want further work, we can help you with this as well!

Subnote: we recommend you bring headphones as our team LOVES to sing to music, so we get very loud!

Please visit the Pruning page by clicking on the link below.

Covid-19 Policy

Margaret River Viticultural Services Pty Ltd (MRVS) is required BY LAW to provide a safe working environment for ALL team members REGARDLESS of the individuals opinion on the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic and/or for or against vaccines to combat Covid -19.
Margaret River Viticultural Services Pty Ltd (MRVS) is committed 100% to ensuring that we are doing our best to keep our team safe, and we encourage all team members to get vaccinated.

Do I need to be Vaccinated to be employed in the vineyard by MRVS?

  • At the time of updating this policy (January 2022), there is no legal requirement to being vaccinated against Covid-19 in the vineyard. This may change as per the government’s requirements and each unvaccinated team member should take this into consideration when deciding if the vaccine is best for them.
  • With unvaccinated team members, there are legal restrictions in place in the vineyards where are currently working:
    • NO unvaccinated team member can enter wineries or cellar doors, including working on the bottling line nor use vineyard property such as work Utes etc.
    • Some vineyards we work in request that we provide vaccinated staff.
    • In the event of a lockdown, under the Western Australian governments mandate: no unvaccinated worker can continue to work in the maintenance or harvesting of crops.
    • The government of Western Australia/the federal government may or may not mandate that vineyard workers be vaccinated.
Margaret River Viticiultural Services

About us

The Vineyards in the Margaret River region are among the worlds finest. It represents around 03% of Australia’s grape production used for wine but produces 20% of Australia’s premium wine market. Some of the vine plantings would be best described below (in Tonnes crushed yearly):

 
Cabernet Sauvignon 6,460
Shiraz 4,244
Merlot 2,610
Sauvignon Blanc 7,449
Semillon 6,404
Chardonnay 5,56
 

We contract in several vineyards in the Willyabrup area (about 20-25 minutes' drive south of Dunsborough) in the Margaret River wine region.

We are a very small team that usually consists of:

  • Harvest (grape picking season) : 30-40 team members
  • Pruning (Winter season) : 08-12 team members
  • Canopy Management (Spring/Summer growing season) : 08-10 team members

Learn about the jobs we offer

We need staff for 3 seasons : HARVEST in February to April, PRUNING from June to September, CANOPY MANAGEMENT from October to February. Click below to find out what's required.

HARVEST


February to April

CLICK FOR HARVEST

Harvest season is picking grapes.

PRUNING


June to September

CLICK FOR PRUNING

Pruning season is pruning grape vines.

CANOPY MANAGEMENT


October to February

CLICK FOR CANOPY MANAGEMENT

Canopy Management is the growing of the vines.

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