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sales representative

Lexington, KY

We connect the right wine to the right people.

Here at Vanguard Wines, we believe in the hard work and collaborative efforts it takes to share each wine and spirits' experience with our customers. We value our relationships with each person we come in contact with — especially those on our team. Whether we're prospecting a new account or revisiting an existing one, we approach our responsibility with a sense of  eagerness and passion for what we do.

And most importantly, we're a company where you know you can count on your team for support. 

Why work here?

Working for a small company sure does have its perks. With less than 50 employees, we value a close-knit, family atmosphere, even with those who are working outside of our headquarters — our teamwork stretches across the three states we operate in: Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. We can proudly promise a career full of collaboration, passion, and continual development. 

Here at Vanguard Wines, we stand tall in what sets us apart.

  • High-quality portfolio of independently-owned wines: Our fine wine portfolio exemplifies farmer-producer quality from the vineyard to the bottle. Each case is stored and delivered under strict temperature control to bring out the very best in the glass.

  • Unparalleled expertise and collaboration: We prioritize wine education through frequent visits to global wine regions, building authentic relationships with producers, and maintaining genuine curiosity. We enjoy sharing trends and learnings to help create memorable experiences with our team and our partners. 

  • Add value: During our wine selection process, we take the time and consideration to hand-select each and every wine we take on. It's only right that we give the same energy to our team, to help prepare each member not only for success, but for personal and professional growth. 

The Sales Representative Role

Vanguard Wines is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and determined Sales Representatives with a passion for imported fine wines and artisanal spirits to join our team. You would have the flexibility of working from home and focusing exclusively on your assigned territory, developing new business opportunities, and maintaining existing accounts. Though you would have variable hours, you would have FULL command of your schedule to maximize opportunities with new and existing clientele. Your analytical and listening skills will be put to work identifying the best services for your customers with our portfolio.

This excellent opportunity for established sales representatives to utilize sales experience, techniques, and determination to build the brand for Vanguard Wines! We are a growing organization, and we want you!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maximize revenue opportunity across 75-150 trade accounts

  • Meet and exceed revenue goals on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis

  • Attend and participate in sales meetings

  • Conduct regional consumer/trade events on a weekly basis

  • Travel expectations: 75%

What you'll have

  • 1-2 years of direct/business-to-business sales experience 

  • 1-2 years of fine wine/spirits/beer sales experience (Preferred)

  • Ability to thrive while working autonomously (Required)

  • Residence within the greater Lexington area (Required)

  • Dedicated to learning and growing professionally and personally (Required)

  • Valid driver's license, insurance, and reliable vehicle (Required)

  • Ability to lift to 50 pounds (Required)

  • Willingness to travel: 75%


  • 1-2 years of fine wine/spirits/beer sales experience

  • Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) 

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher

  • Experience with the Entrepreneurial Operating System/EOS

What you'll receive

  • Monthly commission on sales from assigned account base, beginning at 5%, increasing to 10%, and peaking at 15% as revenue milestones are achieved each month, PLUS $30,000 supplemental base salary totaling a potential overall salary of at least $60,000-$80,000 annually (no commission cap)

  • Monthly expense package (car, phone, etc.)

  • 401(k) program with company match

  • Excellent health, vision, and dental benefits

  • Opportunity to travel to California, Italy, France & Spain

  • Company Chromebook

  • Team-oriented and supportive culture

  • Opportunity to work in an exciting industry

  • Eligibility for our Employee Referral Program

Why is this role important to our work?

As a Sales Representative for Vanguard Wines, you have the opportunity to uphold the backbone our what we do. Your enthusiasm and eagerness to share quality fine wines and artisanal spirits will significantly impact our overall goal as a company: to connect the right wine to the right person. 

Apply Here

We appreciate your time, and we're excited to learn more about you! Thank you for your application.

Required: If you do not send your Resume/CV, you will not be considered.


Jessica Schwarz, SHRM-CP

HR & Admin Lead

Do you have questions? Contact Jessica.
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