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Recruiting Industry Research Collaborators for the OSU Statewide Crop Load Project – 2017
Yield management is an important quality control step in winegrape production. A significant body of research exists for the impacts of cluster thinning on vine balance, fruit ripening, and fruit and wine quality, but no clear fruit and wine quality impacts have been found scientifically, largely due to the different climates, cultivars, and production goals under which those studies have been conducted. Furthermore, those studies have not provided clear guidelines that are readily applicable to different cultivars and regions. The OSU Statewide Crop Load Project is a long-term project that was established as a way to develop better yield management guidelines for Pinot noir by conducting research across many vineyards in Oregon. The project uses an industry-participatory research model to investigate yield and vine balance for Pinot noir and is under leadership of a team of researchers at the Oregon Wine Research Institute, including Dr. Patty Skinkis (viticulture), Dr. James Osborne (enology), Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino (sensory), Dr. Paul Schreiner (plant physiology), and Dr. Katie McLaughlin (statistics). The project will be conducted for the next five years to help define crop load metrics across different climates, vineyards, and seasons in Oregon. With the growing interest in Chardonnay, the research project is open to anyone interested in conducting the trial in a Chardonnay vineyard.
Objective: The main objective of this project is todevelop a collaborative model for vineyard-to-winery yield management research to investigate the relationship between yield, vine balance, and fruit and wine quality. Through this model, we will generate a robust data set to address the complex nature of vine balance and quality across different vineyards and vintages. We will develop dynamic vine balance metrics for Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay based on the data that is accumulated across seasons and sites. The great benefit of this work is that it is conducted in-house by vineyard and winery collaborators, allowing them to determine real-world interpretation of the results based on their experiences and generate dynamic metrics that account for vintage variability are not “one-size-fits-all.” The efforts of all collaborators add to the project goal of defining regionally-important vine balance metrics as they relate to wine quality, vineyard productivity, and economics.
Participation: The more participation from industry collaborators, the greater the information we can gather to understand how vine balance impacts fruit and wine quality. However, we there are certain criteria that must be met by all research collaborators to be a part of the project:
To apply: If you are interested in becoming a collaborator in this project, please fill out this brief application survey. The deadline for application is April 28, 2017.
More information: If you want to learn more about the project, please see the following resources.
Viticulture/Lab Harvest Intern
Location: Willamette Valley, OR
Winemakers LLC is looking for a viticulture/lab harvest intern to work in our vineyards located in the Willamette Valley in Oregon (Marion and Yamhill Counties). Internship would start in early August and extend through the end of harvest, typically around the middle of October.
The intern would assist the viticulturist and vineyard managers with duties such as but not limited to:
Contact & Application:
Please contact Dana Estensen with any questions. To apply, send resume, cover letter, and contact details for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Abacela Enology Internship
Location: Roseburg, OR
Time frame: September- November 2017
Enology interns will assist with vineyard monitoring, harvest sampling including cluster counts, weights and in-house laboratory testing to measure Brix, pH and total acid and input the data to a computer. Interns will also be involved in processing of harvested fruit which includes the use of various types of equipment such as forklift, sorting table, escalator, and destemmer/crusher and presses (both basket and membrane) plus the tasting of fermenting wines, punch downs, pump-overs, yeast inoculations, acid and nutrient additions, etc under the supervision of the winemaker and/or his assistant. All fruit is processed and moved about the crush pad, cold-soaking and fermentation room in small batches (one ton units). Whites are pressed in a membrane press and reds in a basket press.
The successful applicant will:
Stipend is $2000/month. Housing not provided. International students will be provided assistance in finding housing.
Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
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Abacela Viticulture-Enology Internship
Location: Roseburg, OR
Time frame: June-November 2017
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Stipend is $2000/month. Housing not provided. International students will be provided assistance in locating housing.
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Erath Winery Viticulture Intern
Location: Dundee, Oregon
Position Summary: To provide learning opportunities and practical training through hands-on participation related to viticulture, which promote professional development with a commitment to pursue excellence.
Duration of Internship: May 2017- September 2017 (flexible in accordance to University course schedule)
Accurately collect viticulture field data which can include, but is not limited to:
Apply online at SMWE's Web Site: www.smwe.com/employment REQ# 17-0057
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Phelps Creek Vineyards Summer Internship Announcement 2017
Location: Hood River, OR
Phelps Creek Vineyards is pleased to offer two summer internship positions at our vineyards and winery. Our internship program has been developed to build your resume through a well-rounded immersion in the wine industry. The internship will consist of four parts:
1st Element: Work Experience
You’ll gain applicable work experience through administration, winemaking, viticulture, hospitality, retail, customer service, and marketing assignments. Tasks will range from day-to-day tasks to one time assignments. The work experience element includes shadowing sessions with our Enologist, Manager of Vineyard Operations and Director of Winemaking.
2nd Element: Education
Education classes and certification programs required to work at Phelps Creek Vineyards include Oregon Food Handler’s Card, and Oregon Liquor Control Commission Licensed Alcohol Server Permit. You will also participate in Phelps Creek Vineyards company meetings and educational sessions with the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association.
3rd Element: Palate Expansion
In addition to familiarizing yourself with Phelps Creek Vineyards’ wines, there will be constant tasting of Columbia Gorge AVA and wines from other districts, as well as special occasions when we pull from our Library. Beginning with regimented WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting® lectures*, you will develop your palate and build your tasting skills. You will also participate in the Wine Dinners hosted by Phelps Creek Vineyards and our private team summer barbeques. Your summer internship will be a complete immersion in wine country lifestyle, and we hope it will provide a great introduction into the world of wine.
4th Element: Personal Project
We believe that a great addition to an intern’s portfolio is a personal project that you see through from beginning to end. The project will be assigned based on your personal goals and areas where the company can benefit.
Hours: Interns will be expected to work about 40 hours per week.
Length: The internship begins 1 week after Spring Term finals. Your hire date will be on the day that you arrive at Phelps Creek Vineyards; the internship typically lasts about 12 weeks, depending on different school schedules.
Requirements: The only requirements of interns is an upbeat personality, eagerness to learn about the wine industry, and the ability to connect with others and speak in front of large groups.
Stipend Package: $600 per month stipend, paid in bi-monthly installments via check, 8 school credits, free room rental (value of $200)
Performance Bonus: $15 for each Wine Club sign-up, paid bi-monthly accompanying salary paycheck, tips from guests in Tasting Room and Wine Country Experiences- adjusted tips paid accompanying salary paycheck and cash tips paid day of
Wine Bonus: One bottle of wine per week (Retail Value: <$35), 50% of all Phelps Creek Vineyards' wine purchases
We are now accepting cover letters accompanied by resumes. Students will be contacted shortly thereafter for an interview. Please send all documents to Lynette Morus email@example.com
Results Partners LLC Summer Vineyard Internship
RP South is looking for a summer intern to assist with crop estimating, scouting, viticulture practices, irrigation, and production work. Our offices are based in Medford and we manage vineyards throughout the Rogue Valley. This is a great position for individuals who enjoy working outdoors and are excited to learn more about wine grape growing.
Duties and Responsibilities:
To apply: Contact Jason Coates, 541-727-8853, firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Harvest Intern
Location: Napa, CA
Trefethen Family Vineyards is looking for enthusiastic and passionate applicants for our winery intern positions. The internship program at Trefethen runs from July until December, and includes exposure to all facets of wine production. The interns play a vital role in assessing vineyard block maturity, preparing the winery for harvest, receiving/processing fruit, monitoring fermentations, performing lab analysis, and gathering data to enhance the production of premium wines.
We are a family owned estate winery in the Oak Knoll District with 450 planted acres. Our location allows us to successfully grow a range of cultivars including riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec, and petit verdot. In addition to our main ranch on the valley floor, we have a hillside property nearby devoted exclusively to Bordeaux varietals. We believe the best way to produce wines of the highest quality is to be in control of each step of the process from growing the grapes to bottling the finished wines. Our vineyard and winemaking teams work hand in hand to craft classic Napa wines that are a reflection of the Oak Knoll District.
The internship involves extensive experience in both the laboratory and the cellar, as well as time in the vineyard. When working in the lab, the interns work closely with the winemaking team and are involved in all tastings. The internship includes significant independent work and is geared at preparing individuals for future careers in the industry. The responsibilities of the interns include:
Basic winemaking knowledge, completion of a wine chemistry course, valid CA Driver’s License, ability to lift up to 50 lbs., and ability to work long hours with a positive attitude are required. Previous harvest experience is desirable, but not required. Ideally, the intern will start work in July and continue through December, but these dates are flexible.
To apply: Contact Dan Blakely, Assistant Winemaker, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave, Napa, CA 94558 email@example.com
Woodhall Vineyard Student Intern Position
Location: Monroe, Oregon
OSU Woodhall vineyard is currently looking for a motivated individual with the desire to work and learn the skills needed to manage a research/commercial vineyard.
To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Dayton, OR
Company: Stoller Family Estate Vineyard
Time frame: May/June through harvest 2017 (start date negotiable with course/term schedule)
Duties: The intern will have the opportunity to work with established vineyard blocks and newly planted blocks within the vineyard. Specific duties will include but are not limited to the following:
To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Location: McMinnville, OR
Company: Results Partners, LLC
Timeframe: June through harvest 2017 (dates are flexible with students)
Description: Results Partners, LLC is looking for a team of summer interns to assist with crop estimating, scouting, viticulture practices, and production work. Our offices are based in McMinnville and we manage vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley. This is a great position for individuals who enjoy working outdoors and are excited to learn more about wine grape growing.
To apply: Contact Jessie Delarbre at 971-312-2222, Jessie@resultspartners.com, with a cover letter and resume.
Viticulture Internship 2017
Location: Monroe, OR
Duties: Assist with all aspects of operation of a 12-acre vineyard including pruning, trellis repair and construction, shoot thinning, shoot positioning, crop estimates and crop thinning, pest control, new planting layout and planting, and ground prep for 2018 plantings. Equipment operation would be based on experience. The job can start at any time but does not need to be full time. We often work weekends.
Eligibility: Interest in all aspects of viticulture, an open mind, a strong work ethic. Equipment experience would be nice but is not necessary. Personal transportation is a plus, but carpooling can be arranged when possible.
To apply: Send a resume and a cover letter that provides a casual description of your interests, education and career goals to Steve Price at Price.firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be held in Corvallis. Steve can be reached at 541-908-4279.
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Grapeman Farms is a large scale, vertically integrated, grower -packer – shipper of premium table grapes. We farm in Delano, Bakersfield and Maricopa California and soon starting growing operations in Peru. With over 4000 Acres planted in California and 17 varietals we are in the process of developing the next generation of growers that will secure our future for the next 20 years.
Position: Assistant / Apprentice Viticulturist. This position will work under one of our seasoned table grape growers to learn the pragmatic application of viticulture…in other words they will actually learn how to grow grapes, and do so in a large commercial farming environment.
Compensation: This is a year-round, full time salaried position offering full benefits, paid vacation, paid relocation and company vehicle. Bonus compensation commensurate with performance. Starting salary is based on level of experience.
No commercial experience: $40,000 to $60,000
3 – 5 Years Experience: $75,000 to $90,000
5 – 10 Years Experience: $120,000 - $170,000
10 – 20 Years Experience: $200,000 - $300,000
Requirements: #1 Requirement is a passion for production agriculture, this is a farming job.
Currently there is a significant talent gap in California for experienced table grape growers, currently making it one of the most lucrative careers in all of agriculture today. This is an opportunity to learn from experts the art of table grape growing and develop into a Vineyard Operation Manager.
To apply or obtain more information:
please contact Matthew DeCarlo (CEO) by cell 661-446-4053 or through Jessica Ordaz 661-667-3319, email@example.com
2017 Viticulture Technician Internship
Location: Grandview, WA
The Viticulture Technician is an important contributing member of the Viticulture team. The position is with a large vineyard operation in Grandview Washington. We are seeking individuals who are enrolled in, or recently completed a Viticulture degree program and are looking for opportunities to gain more experience in the industry. The Viticulture Tech will be working closely with the Viticulturist and Assistant viticulturist throughout the growing season.
Duties include but are not limited to:
We have 2 Viticulture internship positions available from May through October. International applications welcome. Please apply by emailing your cover letter, resume and contact information to our Viticulturist at Northwest.Viticulture@gmail.com