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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 2.9.2018

Viticulture Intern
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Dundee, OR

Duration of Internship: May - September (flexible in accordance to University course schedule)

Description: To provide learning opportunities and practical training through hands-on participation related to viticulture, which promote professional development with a commitment to pursue excellence. 

Essential Functions:
Accurately collect viticulture field data which can include, but is not limited to:

  • Pest and disease levels and damage assessments
  • Cluster counts, cluster weights
  • Vine counts, vine weights
  • Shoot elongation measurements
  • Soil sampling
  • Petiole sampling
  • Collection of fruit samples (If working through harvest) 
  • Utilizes technology to obtain vineyard data
  • Will occasionally provide assistance with research projects within the vineyards
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Working Conditions:
Work is performed primarily in the vineyards with varying weather conditions 

Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to lift up-to 40 lbs 
  • Must be able to operate an ATV on rough terrain for extended periods of time 
  • Must be able to work extended hours outdoors in inclement weather
  • Must be able to walk up and downhill on steep and uneven terrain
  • Perform repetitive tasks
  • Must be at least 21 years of age (alcohol)
  • H.S. diploma or equivalent required, some college coursework preferred
  • Must have a valid driver's license and a safe driving record 
  • Completed degree or currently enrolled in a plant science or related field preferred
  • Proficient in Word and Excel
  • Ability to carry out direction both verbally and/or in written form
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize workload
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English (Bilingual candidates a plus)
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to work extended hours
  • Ability to work in extreme and varying weather conditions
  • History of responsible use of alcohol and other appropriate conduct, as well as fitness to be licensed, permitted, and/or certified by state and/or local regulatory bodies

Apply on-line at REQ# 18-0051

Posted 2.8.2018

Assistant Viticulturist
Results Partners, North Willamette Valley, OR

Core Responsibilities

  • Collect and maintain accurate, timely records of viticultural events
  • Scout for pests and diseases
  • Prepare vineyard scouting reports
  • Assist in the upkeep of information and records for LIVE reporting
  • Assist in the coordination of the grafting and replant programs
  • Perform and check crop estimates
  • Collect data for the creation of maps for new development projects
  • Work alongside and help direct a team of seasonal Viticulture Technicians
  • Assist in the collection of harvest maturity samples and harvest scale weights
  • Maintain weather stations
  • Assist in the upkeep and organization of safety and compliance programs
  • Participate in general operations work such as: moving supplies and equipment, harvest hauling, and pruning 
  • Miscellaneous special projects

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture, Biological Sciences, Agriculture or similar field preferred or equivalent work experience
  • Strong computer skills, including Excel and other Microsoft Office software 
  • Spanish language skills; Solid conversational skills desired
  • Efficient and detail oriented, strong organizational skills 
  • Good communications skills; able to interact professionally with clients 
  • Able to lift 50 pounds and walk for long distances in challenging environmental conditions
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule with additional hours during peak seasons, including weekends

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Jessie Delarbre

Posted 2.7.2018

Viticulture-Enology Internship
Abacela, Roseburg, OR

Timeframe: June 15 - Nov 15 2018

Abacela is a 76 acre Oregon estate winery ( 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.   


  • 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


  • 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

Posted 1.23.2018

Enology Internship
Abacela, Roseburg, OR

Timeframe: Sept 1 - Nov 15 2018


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;  

  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.


  • 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

Posted 1.23.2018

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). 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
  • Irrigation scheduling – leaf water potentials, vine stress
  • Scouting for pests and diseases
  • Collecting phenological data
  • Sampling for nutritional analysis at bloom and véraison
  • Data collection for the Statewide Crop Load Project
  • Harvest maturity sampling and lab analysis including brix and pH


  • Enrolled in a viticulture program or other program related to plant sciences
  • 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 for long periods of time – 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

Contact & Application:

Please contact Dana Estensen with any questions. To apply, send resume, cover letter, and contact details for two professional references to

Posted 1.23.2018

Nissley Vineyards, Bainbridge, PA

Nissley Vineyards and Winery Estate is a third-generation family owned winery seeking a full-time winemaker for our annual 20,000-case operation. Four decades in the industry make us one of the oldest and most well-known wineries in Pennsylvania. Our award-winning and widely popular French hybrid wines and artfully managed events have made us one of the most well-respected. This position gives the ideal candidate the ability to continue producing the wines that have made us successful, and presents the unique opportunity to develop finely crafted, premium estate grown vinifera wines to be added to our wine list. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Barbera, and Lemberger have been/will be planted in 2017/2018. More vinifera will be planted in 2019 and 2020. Learn more about us at

An Amtrak station is located 10 minutes from the property allowing easy access to Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Harrisburg International Airport is a brief 20-minute drive, and Baltimore International Airport is roughly 80 minutes away. Besides convenient access to these major urban centers, both Lancaster and Harrisburg offer their own unique cultural experiences, with theaters, art galleries and a wide variety of culinary and night life options.

As an emerging wine region, south-central Pennsylvania offers the opportunity to network with other local winemakers who continually strive to raise the bar of PA wines.

This is not an entry level position, and will require logistical expertise in addition to a well-developed knowledge of current winemaking practices.

Compensation: Commensurate with mid-Atlantic industry standards and work experience. A small, picturesque farmhouse located near the beautiful winery property will be available beginning April 2018 as an option for your full-time residence. 

To apply, send resume and at least one, but preferably two references to

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Posted 1.23.2018