Responsible for overseeing the production of high quality wine and influencing the full spectrum of the winemaking processes (picking decisions through the bottling process) ensuring maximum productivity and efficiency in creating high quality wines. Also is responsible for functioning as a technical and creative resource in wine and winemaking matters. This includes representing the winery regarding technical subjects at public and trade events.
• Recommends wine style evolution to winemaking and corporate leaders.
• Identifies aromas and flavors in wines; recommends treatments to improve wine quality by tasting the inventory.
• Establishes winemaking processes and procedures; creates a “wine plan” that outlines quality and style objectives ensuring that winemaking operations meet expectations.
• Utilizes the current wine planning system providing direction in the cellar process management of grapes, juices and wines including chemical and ingredient additions, racks, transfers, clarification, blends, shipping and final preparation for bottling.
• Maintains product quality and addresses supply/demand fluctuations to help meet product volume goals.
• Maintains grape and bulk wine assignments in existing systems to communicate product volumes.
• Participates in harvest timing and picking decisions ensuring optimum grape quality for winemaking objectives.
• Collaborates with GVI unit managers and ranch team leads to help monitor the growing season efforts while attaining cost and quality goals.
• Collaborates with directors, the Vice President of Winemaking, and the finance department to ensure that case volumes, quality and financial goals are achieved.
• Participates in the development of the annual winemaking operating and capital expense budget; responsible for adhering to approved budgets, ensuring targets are met within winemaking operations.
• Recommends and implements bottle aging strategies and release timing of all products.
• Organizes and participates in wine tasting process; attains wine flavor profiles which meet marketing needs.
• Develops wine blends and new wines in order to support short and long-term winemaking goals and objectives.
• Recommends and evaluates new products; implements production on new approved wines.
• Oversees all enological matters; ensures appropriate record keeping for legal compliance with Federal and State regulations relating to all winemaking activities.
• Investigates new requirements as necessary for wine portfolio.
• Manages quality assurance processes and procedures to reflect and enhance winemaking procedures.
• Leads and motivates the winemaking team with innovative and creative approaches; communicates winemaking goals to employees.
• Oversees barrel and cellar purchases related to specific winemaking responsibilities.
• Monitors the supply and ingredient inventory, including pre-harvest winemaking supplies, all wine additives and fining agents.
• Participates in marketing and public relations activities. Serves as lead technical spokesperson for assigned wines or brands.
• Collaborates with vineyard operations, grower relations, compliance, maintenance, finance and the winemaking staff to ensure optimum production, efficiency and quality.
• Coordinates with the operations team ensuring that all safety programs are up-to-date and maintained.
• Ensures that procedural and current best practice documents relating to the winemaking processes and procedures are developed and updated.
• Oversees the continuous improvement of process through all phases of the wine production.
• Performs special projects and other responsibilities as assigned.
• Responsible for understanding and complying with applicable quality, environmental and safety regulatory considerations. If accountable for the work of others, responsible for ensuring their understanding and compliance.
• This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
• Develops, coaches and mentors direct reports and others on the winemaking team.
• Conducts performance evaluations; recommends salary adjustments; rewards employees or takes disciplinary action, as necessary; addresses complaints and resolves issues.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Bachelor's degree in Biological Engineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Enology, Viticulture, Fermentation Science, Nutritional Science, Food Science or Microbiology plus 7 years of enology, viticulture or winemaking experience.
• Supervisory/managerial experience.
• Required to work extended hours during peak times of the year to ensure wine quality.
• Required to possess a valid driver's license and clean driving record.
• Required to identify and articulate variances in wine color by sight and identify wine flavors by taste and smell.
• Required to be at least 21 years of age.
• High School Diploma or GED.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands & arms, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl