Wine Farm



Run a winery business during your gap year.

The best work experience of your life.


We need your help running our 12th generation winery in Austria

CEO for a Year is a gap year program for graduates and young professionals with an entrepreneurial mindset. Take on the operations of an established winery business and transform it by professionalizing processes and branding.

Experience what it means to run a small family business. 

We expect excellence and the desire to learn something new every day. Sales, traditional and social media marketing, event management, recruiting and managing a small team are just some of the tasks you will face. All along, you will be mentored by a Harvard MBA and learn how to produce premium-quality wine. 

Are you up for the challenge? Come join us for the best work experience of your life. 

Glass of Red Wine

You are not alone in your journey as CEO for a year. Two members of the winery family will be with you every step of the way.

They will support you in your day-to-day tasks and be your sparring partner for business and for winemaking matters. 


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Daniel Schmid

Daniel will be your mentor in all questions related to strategy, business development and sales. 

In his time as a top management consultant, Daniel has led teams and seen C-suite executives in action. 
In addition, he will contribute his prior experience
in fast-moving companies such as Tesla, Google and Lazard. 

Daniel is part of the MBA program at Harvard Business School and studied business at the University of
St. Gallen. 


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Josef Schmid

Josef will provide expertise in all questions related to work in the vineyard and the winemaking process. 

With his 25 years of winemaking experience, Josef was heavily involved in the winery's biggest successes, including our award-winning 2013 Grüner Veltliner. 

He has also been responsible for large parts of the winery's business operations. 

Josef graduated from one of the world's oldest viticulture schools in Klosterneuburg, Austria and studied sports at the University of Vienna. 


We are looking for the best-of-the-best to become CEO for a Year in our family's winery. 

Unparalleled responsibility and entrepreneurial experience will be the reward for long hours and hard work. 

Learn more about the program as well as the winery, and apply by Mar 20!

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