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Cellar Worker (2 openings)
Maryhill Winery, Goldendale, WA
Maryhill Winery is located in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, in Washington State. The closest towns are Goldendale, WA and The Dalles, OR. We work with 30+ varietals from growers in 170 mile range. 80K cases per year.
This is an all-around cellar position and the successful candidate will be involved with every aspect of production, from berry to bottle. Responsibilities include: operating pumps and crush/press equipment, operating a forklift and stacking barrels, filling/topping and racking barrels, transferring/racking tanks. This work requires constant use and exposure to hazardous materials (mainly acid and base) in a wet environment, in confined spaces and high places. Caution and adherence to safety protocol is essential. The work is mainly in-doors but will include work outside during harvest. This position may include occasional lab work. This position reports to the Production Manager and Winemaker.
Previous experience in a winery environment is recommended but not required.
Forklift experience is preferred, but not required.
Able to understand, communicate and write in English.
Must have good reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills.
Ability to work safely around dangerous equipment, electrical outlets and chemicals.
Ability to multi-task is essential.
Must be reliable, self-motivated, possess a good work ethic and positive attitude.
Willing and able to work alone or as a member of a team.
Willing to work long hours and overtime as needed, especially during harvest.
Able to lift and carry 50 lbs and stand/walk for long hours.
Work schedule is Monday-Thursday 8AM-6:30PM (outside of harvest season)
Salary: Hourly DOE + Benefits
Harvest Cellar Intern (3 positions available)
Maryhill Winery, Goldendale, WA
Receive, crush and sort grapes.
Perform all aspects of cleaning of winery equipment.
Perform additions to must, juice and wine.
Carry out punch downs and pump-overs.
Perform lab and quality control analysis.
Barrel work: filling and racking out of barrels, barrel maintenance and washing barrels.
Work long hours as required at harvest which may include night shift and weekend work.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Must be able to lift, pull and carry up to 50lbs on a repetitive basis.
Ability to stand; walk; sit; use tools or controls; climb stairs and ladders; balance, kneel.
Ability to accurately perform work instructions individually or as a team.
Attention to detail, commitment to product quality and following occupational health and food safety regulations are essential.
Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities.
Prior cellar and forklift experience a plus
One meal provided each day of harvest season
Housing assistance may be available
Master's Student with an applied viticulture focus
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
The Department of Horticulture (Athens Campus) is seeking a Master's student with an applied viticulture focus. The primary research focus will be on using cultural practices, such as delayed pruning and other techniques, to avoid vineyard frost damage in regionally popular, early-bud breaking cultivars (e.g. Chardonnay, Merlot, Chardonel, Blanc du Bois, Lomanto, etc.). The anticipated start date is flexible, but will ideally occur between August 2018 and May 2019.
Applicants need to have a BS in viticulture, horticulture, food science, plant biology, or closely related field. The position comes with a graduate assistantship, which includes a stipend and tuition waiver. Graduate students also have health insurance through the university. The graduate student will pay a $25 matriculation fee/semester, as well as any university fees.
Grower relations- Vineyard Liaison
City Winery, a company with urban wineries in 6 eastern cities, is recruiting a seasonal vineyard liaison for 2018. This position is ideally suited to a current viticultural student or recent graduate. You will be working with an Oregon wine and vineyard professional with 25 years experience. This is a part-time seasonal position.
Duties include monthly visits to City Winery’s 3 partner vineyards in the Willamette Valley, crop sampling & assessment, grower relations, monthly written reports to City Winery management, and harvest organization in the autumn. This last component is the most demanding. City Winery harvests into FYBs, chills the crop at a facility in Yamhill, then loads and dispatches the crop via refrigerated rail containers or trucks to the east coast.
The job is expected to require on 1-2 days per month during the summer and an intense week or two of work during harvest managing the logistics of receiving FYBs shipped from California, distributing them to each of our 3 vineyards, being present at each location during the pick, and finally overseeing the safe transport, chilling and shipment of the crop.
Compensation is a fixed contract rate based on our 2018 tonnage. This is a part-time seasonal position. The right candidate may be considered for promotion in 2019 if they prove exception this season and with the recommendation of our current senior vineyard liaison.
Please contact Robert Kowal at 312-229-5993, email@example.com
with any questions or to schedule a preliminary phone interview.
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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead Viticulture Technician
Erath Winery, Dundee, OR
Assist Vineyard Operations Manager in the management of grower and company-owned vineyard blocks through data collection, analysis, and information dissemination.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
with an introduction letter and resume with references.
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:
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
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.
Assistant Vineyard Manager
Stoller Family Estate | stollerfamilyestate.com 541.207.4358
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.
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.
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).
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for consideration.
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.
Learn and follow Standard Operating Procedures
Crush pad operations
Detailed wine movements
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 CAEP.org or EXPINT.org
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 email@example.com. Other harvest positions are also available.
Learn more at www.artifexwineco.com
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.
Tank and barrel samplings
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 CAEP.org or EXPINT.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Other harvest positions are also available.
Learn more at www.artifexwineco.com
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.
forklift operation (unloading trucks, loading the press)
general cellar duties (racking, filling, barrel work, sanitation, etc)
laboratory analysis of grape samples, musts and wines
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