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2024 Amici Cellars Harvest Internship

Amici Cellars

Calistoga, CA

Job Description:

2024 Amici Cellars Harvest

Amici Cellars is seeking two more interns to join our 2024 harvest team. We are a family-owned premium, boutique winery producing about 12,000 cases nestled just north of Calistoga, where we typically process no more than 195 tons. Our portfolio includes single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from some of the most renowned vineyards in Napa Valley, as well as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast and Russian River. As an Amici intern, you will be working with and handling incredibly premium fruit. Your role will be to:

Conduct various aspects of winery operations and crush work including but not limited to the following:

Processes critical to winemaking: fruit receival and processing, pump-overs, drain-and-press, rackings, punch-downs, inoculations, wine and must additions

Processes critical to wine quality: topping, sampling, battonage, and barrel-downs

Operate, learn, and care for pumps, presses, hoses, filters and other cellar equipment

Monitor temperature/sugars of wine tanks during fermentation

Maintain and understand the highest standard for sanitation and cleanliness on the quality of our wines

Receive, complete, and comprehend various work orders and tasks

Help to monitor the wine-making process and clearly communicate veritable results to Assistant Winemaker and/or Winemaker

Perform and execute safely the operation of various wine-making machinery

Ensure an organized cellar and crush pad to facilitate a smoother work-flow

We are an extremely hands-on winery and due to our wine-making style, no two days during harvest will be the same. You will get the opportunity to witness and participate in all aspects of the wine-making process from the vineyard to bottle. Our number one priority is for you to learn how to uphold winemaking standards and safety, develop an eye for detail and thoroughness, and understand how our wine-making processes contribute to our wine quality. During harvest, we provide lunch as well as weekly BBQs for the spirit. You will also be able to partake in educational tastings and vineyard visits. We recommend that applicants submit a resume AND cover letter as we believe that personality, attitude, and best-fit are factors that should be considered. Prior harvest and forklift experience is not necessary, though any past experience in a luxury winery work environment will be strongly considered.


Must be able to communicate effectively in English, written and spoken.
Must be able to adapt to dynamic work situations
Able to lift and move objects up to 50 pounds frequently and more than 50 pounds occasionally, including wine barrels.
Able to stand for long periods of time on hard and sometimes slippery surfaces.
Able to provide strong references
Flexibility to work until the job gets done.
Ability and desire to work extended hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Team player with a can-do attitude!!
At least 21 years of age
Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Ability to identify variances in wine color by sight and identify wine flavors by taste and smell.
Be legally able to work in the USA during the complete duration of employment (we can assist with questions about the process, but all visas and CAEP applications must be completed on your own behalf).

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Wednesday, April 17th
Type of Work:
Harvest Help
Job Level:
$‌2O.OO ‍−‌ $22.OO

Contact Information:

Amici Cellars
Ethan Liu