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Harvest Intern
Chehalem Winery, Newberg, OR

We are looking for an Intern to join our small team for the 2018 harvest at Chehalem Winery. We are located in Newberg, OR and work with fruit from three Estate Vineyards in three different AVAs. We process both red and white wines. Mostly Pinot noir for reds but a few other eccentric varietals. With white wine, we produce Chardonnay, Riesling, Gruner Veltliner and this year a small amount of Chenin Blanc.
The harvest duration would be from the beginning of September to mid-November. We are a small team that will produce about 12,000 cases. With that said we are looking for someone that works well in a team. Interns will do a bit of everything that is included with harvest from fruit sampling in the vineyards to all cellar work to some lab work. It is a diverse role with an opportunity to learn a lot.
Housing is provided if needed. During the brunt of harvest, lunches are also provided.
If interested please contact with resume.

Posted 6.4.2018

Harvest Cellar Intern
Irvine and Roberts Vineyards, Ashland, OR

Irvine and Roberts Vineyards is a focused producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the scenic Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. We proudly make all our wines with estate-grown fruit from our carefully farmed family vineyard located just outside Ashland. Our wines are crafted in a thoughtfully designed modern facility with all new equipment and managed by a small team of dedicated winemakers.

Do you have endurance? Initiative? Humor? A passionate (perhaps masochistic) love for sanitation? We are currently looking for a few industrious people to join our small team to participate in all aspects of our winemaking, from fruit sampling to barreling down. Previous harvest experience, wine-related education and forklift proficiency are preferred qualities, but team-oriented and highly motivated individuals with a desire to learn will certainly be considered. The work is very physical, requiring the repeated lifting of as much as 50 pounds. Be prepared for the long hours and weekend shifts that come with harvest. In return for your dedication, we provide competitive wages, accommodation, great music, and unlimited coffee. Approximate start date is August 15th, and the end date will be around mid-November, depending on the length and timing of the harvest.
We welcome international interns to apply. Please be proficient in English and be able to obtain a work visa.
If you have never been to Southern Oregon, we invite you to discover its many hidden treasures. The Rogue River is a coveted cycling, fishing, hiking, running and rafting destination. The mountains around the Rogue Valley are full of lakes and trails where you can camp, trek, kayak, or just sit on a rope bridge playing your banjo to passing canoes. Ashland is also an exceptional little town, with great a food and drink culture an excellent music and arts scene.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to:
Posted 6.4.2018

Viticulture Intern
Winemakers LLC, Willamette Valley, OR

Winemakers LLC is looking for a seasonal viticulture intern to work in our vineyards located in the Willamette Valley in Oregon (Marion and Yamhill Counties). The internship would start in June and extend through the end of harvest, typically around the middle of October. 

The intern would assist the viticulturist and vineyard team with duties such as but not limited to:

  • Crop estimation
  • Leaf water potentials for irrigation scheduling
  • Scouting for pests and diseases
  • Collecting phenological data
  • Sampling for nutritional analysis at bloom and veraison
  • Data collecting phenological data
  • Harvest maturity sampling and lab analysis including brix and pH


  • Strong communication skills; can communicate effectively in English, Spanish speaking skills a plus
  • Be willing to work (stand, bend and walk) extended hours outside in all weather conditions
  • Be able to operate an ATV on rough terrain - training available
  • Able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, good driving record, dependable transportation and provide own housing
  • Have a good attitude, willingness to learn, and ability to work independently and as part of a team

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and contact details for two professional references to

Posted 5.21.18

Lead Viticulture Technician
Erath Winery, Dundee, OR

Position Summary:
Assist Vineyard Operations Manager in the management of grower and company-owned vineyard blocks through data collection, analysis, and information dissemination.
Essential Functions:
Collect and analyze field data such as cluster counts, lag weights, pest and disease monitoring and crop quality evaluations. 
Perform crop estimation on all assigned blocks.
Responsible for general maintenance of ATVs.
Provide work direction to viticulture interns in conjunction with the Vineyard Operations Manager. 
Assist with Vineyard research projects.
Work Conditions:
Work is performed primarily outside in the vineyards in all weather conditions.
Will drive a Pickup to vineyard locations and use an ATV or walk in the vineyards.
Will perform computer work.
Posted 5.3.18 

Vineyard Manager
Univ. of Missouri-Columbia Grape and Wine Institute, Columbia, MO

The Grape and Wine Institute located at the University of Missouri-Columbia is currently recruiting for a full-time Vineyard Manager. Primary responsibilities for the position will be executing field duties as needed to maintain the health of research plots and assisting with field data collection. A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience and at least 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
The successful candidate functions as a member of the viticulture program team and collaborates with all GWI faculty members to advance the program by: providing effective and efficient management of viticulture program projects including establishing and maintaining research plots, ordering supplies and equipment, maintaining equipment; conducting viticulture experiments; collecting, managing and statistically analyzing data; preparing reports and assisting with manuscripts; providing assistance for workshops, conferences, field days and short courses; maintaining research files and records.  The emphasis of the position will be executing field duties as needed to maintain the health of research plots and assisting with field data collection.
For more information and to apply, please visit: refer to Job ID 26145
Posted 4.12.18 

Wine Sales Associate
Tyee Wine Cellars, Corvallis, OR

This person will join our small family owned & operated winery with a focus on working in a team environment for onsite events at Tyee’s winery and independently hosting wine tastings & sales onsite and at offsite events.  

About us:
Tyee Wine Cellars is a small family run Estate Vineyard and Winery.  We specialize in growing, producing and serving Tyee Estate Wines on the scenic Buchanan Family Century Farm located in Corvallis, Oregon.  We are a 5th generation farm family that has always revered growing crops and preserving the land in a sustainable manner.  We believe sharing Tyee wines is perhaps the most sublime expression of the land. 
  • Passion for locally grown and produced Wine
  • Passion for nature & agricultural tourism
  • Sales experience & excellent customer service
  • Availability - Ability to work a flexible schedule, part-time, Mostly Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with some other weekdays or evenings
  • OLCC servers permit, wine sales experience preferred
  • Willing to occasionally work in a team environment for the production & bottling of wine
  • A reliable personal vehicle capable of transporting cases of wine and event setup supplies often to and from rural locations.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs.  A case of wine weighs as much as 37 lbs.
  • Cleaning & grounds maintenance, experience preferred as cleaning and gardening are things you will do every shift.
Starts at $12 per hour.  To apply: contact with an introduction letter and resume with references.
Posted 4.11.18

Viticulture Technician 
Stoller Family Estate, Dayton, OR

The essential purpose of this position is to assist in the growth and execution of a dynamic viticulture program, 250+ acres of ultra-premium, cool climate wine grapes. Supporting the current vineyard production team, this individual will assist to ensure the Stoller Estate Vineyard, Chehalem Winery vineyards and our numerous wine grape suppliers achieve and maintain the ideal quality expected from each region and vintage.
Responsibilities and Duties
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Viticulture Technician
  • Pest and disease management: scouting and creating detailed reports
  • Crop estimation (counting, weighing, data entry)
  • Monitoring plant and soil water/nutrient status for irrigation and fertilization schedules
  • Participate in harvest via sampling, planning, and hauling fruit
  • Input accurate data into Microsoft excel for analysis
  • Report weather, phenology, and labor information with the use of vineyard software
  • Calibrate pesticide sprayers and perform spray preparations including safety precautions
  • Assist with certification reporting and safety program
  • Special projects and other responsibilities as assigned by vineyard management team
  • Collect field sampling
  • Provide Production and Vineyard management teams with records of yield, quality, and plant status climate data and cultural practices from all grape suppliers
  • Administer and coordinate representative samples of vineyard fruit and promptly deliver to winery lab for analysis
  • Prepare reports by collecting, interpreting, and analyzing data
  • Monitor and report harvest coordination and winegrowing practices
Professional Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree with Viticulture/vineyard experience, preferred.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; able to read and write in English.
  • Some Spanish language communication skills preferred.
  • Strong computer skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook).
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds at a time.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • Must be willing to travel by vehicle, alone for long distances early mornings and overnight.
  • Must be able to safely operate an ATV on terrain for long hours.
  • Must be able to walk in both indoor and outdoor production environments, walk up and downhill on steep and uneven terrain. Extended walking, bending and squatting required in order to obtain field samples.
  • Must be able to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time in 2-hour intervals.
  • Required to work extended hours in various climatic conditions/inclement weather.
  • Willing to work weekends and holidays. Must be flexible to work long hours and many days during the harvest season.
  • Must have a sense of humor and the ability to be a team player
Compensation & Benefits Compensation DOE
Health Insurance; Medical, Dental, and Vision Care 401K Retirement Plan
Paid Time Off; Vacation/Personal leave, Sick Pay
If you have questions or wish to apply for this position, contact Erica Miller. To apply, send in a cover letter, resume, and contact details for three professional references.
Erica Miller
Assistant Vineyard Manager
Stoller Family Estate | 541.207.4358
Posted 4.6.18 

2018 Harvest Internship
Raptor Ridge Winery, Newberg, OR 

Be a part of our small harvest team! Raptor Ridge Winery is located in the Chehalem Mountains, just outside Portland, Oregon. In addition to growing Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Noir on our estate vineyard, we source sustainable, organic and biodynamically grown Pinot Noir from 4 of the 6 sub AVA’s in the Willamette Valley, as well as Auxerrois, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris.
The position would start with bottling Mid-August, and conclude at the completion of harvest, approximately early November weather dependent. While we are unable to provide housing, we have several contacts with rooms and can assist in finding a place to stay. At the peak of harvest, we will provide Harvest lunches and healthy snacks.
Harvest job duties will include: 
  • processing and sorting fruit
  • racking juice to tank and or barrel
  • pulling samples and checking brix
  • punchdown / pumpovers, additions
  • cleaning and filling barrels
  • sanitization of all winery equipment
The ideal candidate should be flexible with their schedule and be available to work weekends. There are a lot of physical aspects to this job which includes lifting up to 50lbs, pushing, pulling, shoveling, and standing for long periods of time. Working conditions vary from hot to cold, dusty or wet and sometimes noisy therefore requiring a tolerance to varying conditions. Good communication skills, a solid comprehension of English, and attention to detail a must. Previous harvest experience and or forklift training a plus.
Please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you want to work with us. No phone calls please.
Contact: Shannon Gustafson /
Posted 4.6.18   

Cellar Worker Internship
Iris Vineyards, Cottage Grove, OR

Iris Vineyards in Cottage Grove, Oregon, is seeking Interns for the upcoming Harvest Season.  Protection of wine is top priority. Collaborate with Cellar Master or Winemaker in maintenance of both empty and full barrels. Advise the Cellar Master or Winemaker of any losses that occur with fruit or wine. Operate equipment responsibly and in a manner which preserves functionality. Assure work area is clean at all times. Return fittings and equipment to proper location at end of shift. Maintain winery protocols for sanitizing and keep tanks, fittings and other equipment sanitized. Participate in maintenance of buildings, tools and equipment. Bottling line duties may be included. Attendance and punctuality are essential functions of this position. 

Standing and walking on cement with some climbing of stairs and ladders. Crawling into confined spaces. Repetitive use of hands and wrists to perform cellar operations and some computer work.  Lifting/carrying average weight frequently 40 lbs.  Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Pushing/pulling average weight frequently 50 lbs. 
Must adhere to all policies and procedures of the company, including safety procedures and use of personal protective equipment. Exposed to wine production equipment noise, glass bottles and general noise from winery operations. Cleaning fermentation tanks may include crawling inside. Visually exposed to computer screens and fluorescent lighting. Must be able to stand for long periods of time, walk, reach with hands and arms, taste and smell.
Keen interest in winery/winemaking business. Knowledge of wine production a plus. Read, write, and speak English fluently. Must pass criminal background check.
Working knowledge of the equipment used on a regular basis as well as the concepts of clean and sanitized. Familiarity with winemaking science. Open and clear communication with winery management and staff. Ability to ask for clarification especially in regard to protecting the wine. Be available morning and evening to perform punch-downs of fermenters. Work long hours during harvest. Help load and unload trucks. Follow all appropriate policies and procedures including safety procedures. Perform other work when necessary and prudent.
To apply: contact Andrew Simila 

Posted 4.6.18 

2018 Harvest Intern- three interns needed
Hamel Family Wines, Sonoma Valley, CA

Hamel Family Wines, located in Sonoma Valley, CA is seeking harvest interns to be a part of its winemaking team for the 2018 harvest, expected to last from August through November. Successful candidates will share a passion for wine, an interest in learning about organic and biodynamic grape growing and the winemaking process, be prepared to work hard in a team-oriented, exacting work environment, and willing to work long, concentrated hours.

Harvest Intern Responsibilities Include:  
  • Vineyard sampling and flagging; 
  • Operating sorting, de-stemming,  and press equipment during grape processing; 
  • Fermentation management  (stirring  barrels  for  whites;  rolling  barrels  and pump-overs for reds), monitoring, and analysis; 
  • Performing inoculations and fermentation additions;  
  • Maintaining winery sanitation. 
The intern positions will require long, concentrated hours at the winery including weekends and evenings.
  • Strong work ethic and self starter; 
  • Pleasant, team-oriented attitude; 
  • Enthusiasm to engage in all winery and vineyard tasks; 
  • Attention to detail; 
  • Strong communication skills; competency in Spanish is a plus; 
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.; 
  • Previous cellar experience is preferred, but not a necessity; 
  • Valid driver’s license. 
Compensation: $15/hour plus staff meals.
Time Frame: Early August–November 2018. Exact term of harvest internship is dependent on the growing season (partial term harvest internships may also be available). 
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:
Posted 4.6.18 

Seasonal Vineyard and Cellar Worker
Brittan Vineyards, McMinnville, OR

Brittan Vineyards is currently searching for a dynamic person to fill a unique role as a full-time, seasonal vineyard worker over the busy growing and harvest seasons. This is a working position that will include daily physical labor and equipment operation over a wide variety of tasks.  We are a small team with a 28-acre vineyard in the McMinnville AVA of the Willamette Valley, planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. With a winery located in downtown McMinnville, OR, we craft thoughtful, site-expressive Pinot noir and Chardonnay from a carefully farmed, acclaimed vineyard. We believe that great wine is made with intent, thoughtfulness and vigilance. We take great pride in our work and also in our workplace, where there is a strong culture of honest work, community, comradery, education and personal growth. This position is an integral part of the Brittan Vineyard team and is involved with all aspects of grape growing and winemaking, from bud-break to barreling down.

  • Some tractor work, including mowing, cultivating, and spraying
  • Canopy management
  • Vineyard sampling and data analysis
  • Weed and pest management
  • Working with vineyard crews, as needed
  • Preparing and planting new blocks
  • Other landscaping and facility management tasks, as instructed 
  • Assist with fruit processing
  • General cleaning, sanitation and maintenance of winery and equipment
  • Participate in harvest activities including cap management, additions, racking, pressing and barreling
  • Background in agriculture and/or cellar work
  • Degree or studies in related field is a plus
  • High level of interest and motivation for agriculture and the wine industry
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English. Some Spanish Language proficiency is a plus
  • Tractor and forklift experience is a plus
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a small team
  • Ability to work irregular shifts, long hours and weekends, when required
  • Ability to lift up to 55 lbs
  • Ability to work on feet for extended time periods 
  • Ability to drag wine hoses, climb ladders and stairs and work at elevated heights
  • Ability to work extended hours in any weather conditions
  • Possession of or ability to obtain Oregon driver’s license 
  • Ability to be trained to operate a tractor and forklift  

 Please email a CV or letter detailing interest and past work experience to Brandon Hasart ( for consideration.

 Posted 3.20.18

Cellar Intern
Artifex Wine Co., Walla Walla, WA

Artifex Wine Co, the leading custom crush winery in the Walla Walla Valley, is seeking Interns to join our 2018 Harvest Team. A Custom Crush Internship at Artifex teaches the balance between boutique winemaking practices and large-scale production.

Here, you have a unique opportunity to train with our experienced team and to work among some of Washington’s best winemakers. Through hands-on guidance, you are exposed to diverse approaches to wine production and complex cellar logistics. We are looking for reliable, self-motivated people who want to fully immerse themselves in harvest. 

Job Duties
Learn and follow Standard Operating Procedures
Press Operations
Crush pad operations
Barrel work
Detailed wine movements

Job Qualifications

Must demonstrate forethought and work efficiently
Previous cellar experience or education in Enology preferred
Previous forklift experience preferred
Candidates must be able to participate in and pass the Artifex Forklift Certification Course
Work long hours on your feet in a fast paced environment
Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs
International applicant must obtain a J1 Visa through or

Full-time availability required from late August to early November, 2018. Job duration is dependent on vintage. This position may lead to full-time employment.

Pay: Hourly, commensurate with experience

To apply: email resume and cover letter to Other harvest positions are also available.

Learn more at

Posted 3.15.18

Lab Intern
Artifex Wine Co., Walla Walla, WA

Artifex Wine Co, the leading custom crush winery in the Walla Walla Valley, is seeking Lab Interns to join our 2018 Harvest Team. A lab internship at Artifex teaches the balance between boutique winemaking practices and large-scale production.

In the Artifex lab, you will train with our experienced team and have the unique opportunity to work among some of Washington’s best winemakers. While performing precise wine analysis and additions, you will gain insight into our client winemakers’ decision making processes. Your work will integrate with cellar activity and have a direct impact on production.

We are looking for a motivated, passionate team player excited to learn in-depth lab protocol and to fully immerse themselves in harvest. 

Job Duties
Tank and barrel samplings
Brix readings
Yeast inoculations
Nutrient additions
Chemical analysis
Job Qualifications
Enology education or lab/science background is preferred
Adhere to safety procedures
Work long hours on your feet in a fast paced environment
Able to lift 50 pounds -International applicant must obtain a J1 Visa through or

Full-time availability required from early September through November, 2018. Job duration is dependent on vintage. 

Pay: Hourly, comensurate with experience

To apply: email resume and cover letter to Other harvest positions are also available.

Learn more at

Posted 3.15.18

Harvest Intern
Trefethen Vineyards, 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 varieties. 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.
  • vineyard sampling
  • crushing/pressing
  • forklift operation (unloading trucks, loading the press)
  • pumpovers/punchdowns
  • fermentation monitoring
  • general cellar duties (racking, filling, barrel work, sanitation, etc)
  • bottling
  • laboratory analysis of grape samples, musts and wines
  • QA/QC operations
  • setting up and participating in tasting and trials

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.

Contact Information: Dan Blakely, Assistant Winemaker, 1160 Oak Knoll Avenue, Napa, CA 94558

Posted 2.9.18