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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: https://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff 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. 
 
Requirements: 
  • 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
  • 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 jobs@tyeewine.com 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 | stollerfamilyestate.com 541.207.4358
 
Posted 4.6.18 

Viticulture Technician
Atlas Vineyard Management, McMinnville, OR

This position is responsible for collecting, reporting and inputting viticultural and vineyard operational data for Atlas Vineyard Management.
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Survey vineyard conditions
  • Use company software to write and record pest, fertilizer and irrigation work orders and communicate work orders to appropriate staff
  • Collect yield component data:
On a vine basis: number of shoots, number of clusters and cluster weights.
On a vineyard basis: number of producing vines per block.
  • Monitor and record phenological dates
  • Monitor pests & diseases
  • Maintain and monitor weather stations/weather data
  • Collect and record canopy parameters (shoot length, canopy density)
  • Measure leaf water potential with pressure bomb
  • Collect tissue samples
  • Collect fruit samples for maturation analysis
  • Activities related with harvest
  • GPS data collection
  • Perform basic statistic calculations
  • Create and manage Viticulture Binders
  • Assist with data management and map creation
  • Assist with LIVE and Oregon Tilth reporting
  • Assist with Safety protocols, reporting and MSDS binders
  • Assist with miscellaneous vineyard projects as needed
 
Non-Essential Functions of the Position: 
  • Perform basic cleanup and maintenance duties related to viticultural data collection.
Job Requirements:
Knowledge/Experience: 
  • Minimum of two years of viticulture/agriculture experience or two years of related college education courses; basic knowledge of viticulture and disease/pest identification; strong interest in winegrowing and a desire to learn more about the industry and field.
  • Able to prioritize, meet deadlines with accuracy, work on own with minimal supervision, able to read English and navigate maps.
Skills:
  • Good verbal and written English communication skills;
  • Able to keep neat and accurate records.
  • Computer skills and database application proficiency.
  • Excel proficiency
 
Physical:
  • Able to walk for sustained periods through difficult conditions (such as mud, soft dirt, rocks, etc).
  • Able to safely drive an ATV through difficult terrain for relatively long periods of time.
  • Must have fun and bring a positive work spirit to the job; good interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to work a flexible shift/schedule throughout the year.
  • Must be capable of lifting up to 50 pounds up and over their head.
  • Must have a valid Oregon Driver’s License, be insurable by the company and be able to operate a motor vehicle safely.
  • Must be able to travel.
 
Other Preferred Job Qualifications:
  • CPR/First Aid Certificate.
  • Commercial Applicators license
  • Ability to speak Spanish
 
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 / Shannon@RaptorRidgeWinery.com
 
Posted 4.6.18   

Cellar Worker Internship
Iris Vineyards, Cottage Grove, OR

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
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. 

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
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. 
 
WORKING CONDITIONS:
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.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Keen interest in winery/winemaking business. Knowledge of wine production a plus. Read, write, and speak English fluently. Must pass criminal background check.
 
SUCCESS FACTORS:
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 


Cellar Master 
Hamel Family Wines, Sonoma Valley, CA

Hamel Family Wines, located in Sonoma Valley, California, is seeking a Cellar Master to assist its winemaking team in annual winery and harvest operations. The position will implement winery and cellar duties with the goal of maintaining the highest level of winemaking quality and cellar organization and sanitation. Successful candidates will share a passion for wine, an interest in organic grape growing and quality focused winemaking practices, be prepared to work hard in a team-oriented, exacting work environment, and willing to work long, concentrated hours when necessary. The position will report on a day-to-day basis to the Winery Production Manager, and to the Managing Director of Winegrowing generally. During harvest, the position will assist in the management of seasonal interns.
 
The person must have experience successfully working in premium wineries, and an academic background in enology, chemistry, food science or a related field is highly preferred. The candidate must also be a high-energy team player who enjoys being part of a successful, growing family business. Compensation will be a salary that is commensurate with experience, and includes benefits.
 
Cellar Master Responsibilities: 
  • Implement all winemaking objectives under the Winery Production Manager’s direction including blending, racking, bottling, topping and filtration in the non-harvest period and execute grape processing, sorting, fermentation management and pressing during harvest;
  • Assist in management of interns during harvest period;
  • Execute all work with a high standard of winery sanitation;
  • Ensure all equipment, barrels and supplies are organized and clean; 
  • Help to maintain accurate inventory of wine and barrels on a monthly basis;
  • Ensure safety protocols are sustained in all winemaking activities; 
  • Facilitate winemaking tastings and trials by pulling winery samples;
  • Perform basic laboratory tasks;
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
Depending on the seasonal demand, the position will require long hours at the winery including weekends and evenings.
 
Cellar Master Qualifications:
  • Proven experience with winemaking and cellar practices at established wineries;
  • Enology, chemistry or food sciences degree preferred;
  • Basic winery laboratory abilities preferred;
  • Enthusiasm and ability to engage in all cellar tasks;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize and produce desired results, meet deadlines, and stay on top of deliverables;
  • Conversational fluency in Spanish strongly preferred;
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.;
  • Forklift certification;
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Prociency with Microsoft Excel.
 
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: Harvest@hamelfamilywines.com
 
Posted 4.6.18 

2018 Harvest Intern
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.
 
Requirements:  
  • 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: Harvest@hamelfamilywines.com
 
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.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 
 
Vineyard
  • 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 
 
Cellar:
  • 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
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Background in agriculture and/or cellar work
  • Degree or studies in related field is a plus
 
REQUIRED SKILLS:
  • 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
 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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
 
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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 (brandon@brittanvineyards.com) for consideration.

 Posted 3.20.18


Harvest Intern
Rideau Vineyard, Solvang, CA

Rideau Vineyard is a small privately-owned winery in the Santa Ynez Valley. We produce a range of varieties while focusing on Rhone wines. We have a small estate vineyard while also sourcing from other vineyards in the Central Coast area for a total of about 100 tons.
 
We are currently looking for a harvest intern to join our team and assist with our 2018 harvest. The team here is small, experienced, and very close-knit; we are looking for the right candidate for our winery family.
 
Candidates should be punctual, self-starting, hard-working, detail oriented, passionate about wine, and have a positive attitude. The intern should be prepared to report mid-August and be willing to work through harvest’s end (can be anywhere from end of October to early December depending on the year).
 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Perform cellar duties including, but not limited to, operating and maintaining equipment, hand sorting, forklift operation, pressing, barrel movement, cellar cleaning, etc.
  • Conduct proper house techniques for cleaning, sanitizing and storing winery equipment as well as operation set up for processing, wine and juice transfers and tank preparations.
  • Perform cellar duties such as punch downs, rackings, drain and press, fermentation additions, barrel filling and maintenance.
  • Properly follow and complete work orders for tracking.
  • Follow standard operating procedures to ensure efficiency and continued quality.
  • Adhere to all safety policies.
  • Demonstrate apt attention to detail in all aspects of work.
  • Assist in any other production related activities for crush as directed by winemaker.
Qualifications:
  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older.
  • Must be willing to work extended and flexible hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs regularly and repeatedly.
  • Must be able to work in an outdoor environment and perform physical work (lifting, bending, climbing, squatting).
  • Ability to read, write, and understand English with the ability to follow instructions.
  • Must a team player.
Additional Qualifications (beneficial but not required)
  • Previous cellar and harvest experience.
  • University or college qualification in viticulture and enology, or related field, preferred.
  • Laboratory experience a plus.
  • Licensed fork lift operator preferred
SALARY: DOE
 
Applicants must be able to provide own housing and transportation to and from the winery. Send Resume and Cover Letter to: gretchen@rideauvineyard.com
 
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 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 workorders@artifexwineco.com. Other harvest positions are also available.

Learn more at www.artifexwineco.com

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 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 workorders@artifexwineco.com. Other harvest positions are also available.

Learn more at www.artifexwineco.com

Posted 3.15.18


Summer Vineyard Internship
Results Partners LLC, McMinnville, OR

RP North is looking for 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 viticulture and enology students looking to get some hands-on vineyard experience before returning to school or moving into the winery for harvest.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collect yield data: number of shoots, number of clusters and cluster weights 
  • Monitor and record phenologic stages/dates
  • Collect petiole and leaf blades for nutritional analysis at veraison
  • Monitor for pests and diseases
  • Assist in the creation of scouting reports 
  • Enter spray work order information into record keeping spreadsheets
  • Take pressure bomb readings in irrigated vineyards
  • Assist in setting up and evaluating vineyard trials
  • Assist with vineyard production work as needed

Qualifications

  • Ability to work as a dynamic and contributing team member in a fast-paced environment
  • Previous farming or vineyard work experience
  • Ability to work independently
  • Must be able to work long days outdoors in variable weather conditions
  • Excellent communication skills; can communicate effectively in English, Spanish speaking skills a plus
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skill; ability to manage priorities and workflow
  • Must be computer literate, with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must have a good driving record, dependable transportation
  • Must work long hours as required
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds

Contact Jessie Delarbre at 971-312-2222 or jessie@resultspartners.com

Posted 3.1.18 


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.
 
Responsibilities: 
  • 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

Qualifications:
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


Viticulture-Enology Internship
Abacela, Roseburg, OR

Four positions available. Timeframe: June 15 - Nov 15 2018

Abacela is a 76 acre Oregon estate winery (www.abacela.com) that pioneered the production of Tempranillo and Albariño as varietal wines in America. Our estate’s Fault Line Vineyards with its many mesoclimes and soil types has been dubbed “The most interesting vineyard property in Oregon” by others.  This setting has permitted us to carefully match old world grapes not previously grown in the region to different microclimate-soil sites in our vineyards. These achievements have contributed greatly to Abacela’s leadership in production of alternative varieties that are now widely grown and produced by others across the Pacific Northwest.  

We specialize in grapes and wine styles indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula.  The vines are managed sustainably with limited inputs and are hand harvested. Our vineyard season starts in mid winter with pruning, followed by bud break in spring, and throughout the summer the vines are nurtured and managed until harvest in September and October. This internship is an opportunity learn and experience the science and art of grape growing in a family owned and operated gravity flow winery that grows and harvests about 200 plus tons of fifteen different interesting grape varieties for the production of 12,000 cases (144,000, 750 ml bottles) of wine annually.   

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Soil moisture reading downloads, entered in computer and discussed with vineyard manager
  • Leaf Water Potential (Pressure bomb) data entered in computer and discussed with vineyard manager
  • Assist with vineyard scouting, monitoring and data collection
  • Cluster counts, weights and crop load estimates
  • Harvest sampling computer data input and analysis
  • Harvest crew support to include picking, delivery of fruit to on premise winery, machine application and removal of bird netting
  • Other duties may be assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Viticulture majors preferred but please note this in an integrated viticulture/winemaking internship
  • Must be able to work mid-June to mid-November
  • Tractor driving experience is good and experience operating large equipment a bonus
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean DMV record
  • Must be a team player, have a strong work ethic, and skills in spoken and written English
  • Students whose primary language is not English must have at least conversational English    
  • Must be able to work long hours, up to 6 days a week, in different kinds of weather, etc 

Stipend is $2,000/month. Housing is not provided. Assistance provided to international students to locate housing. 

To apply, send resume and cover letter to wine@abacela.com

Posted 1.23.18


Enology Internship
Abacela, Roseburg, OR

Timeframe: Sept 1 - Nov 15 2018

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

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.   

QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful applicant will;  

  1. Be both knowledgeable and passionate about wine.
  2. Have a growth mindset and open to learn from experience.
  3. Must be a team player, have a strong work ethic, and skills in spoken and written English.
  4. Students whose primary language is not English must at least conversational English.     
  5. Have the ability to listen, follow directions and carry out projects to their finish. 
  6. Have a valid driver’s license and clean DMV record.
  7. Be capable of working long hours under crush conditions and demands.
  8. Tractor/forklift truck experience is a plus.

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Ability to walk distances, including steep hillsides
  • Be able to lift at least 50 pounds

Non smoker

Stipend is $2000/month. Housing not provided. International students will be provided assistance in finding housing.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to wine@abacela.com

Posted 1.23.18