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Job Description:

Aperture Cellars/Devil Proof Vineyards are looking for enthusiastic winemaking interns for the 2024 harvest. We champion a range of highly acclaimed Bordeaux style wines from Sonoma County. With a mission to craft wines with a level of quality and refinement that set the benchmark for Cabernet, Malbec and Bordeaux blends, the winery is located in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, and focuses on an elevated level of precision farming and meticulous winemaking. The state-of-the-art production facility provides the tools and resources necessary for the most intricate, creative, and experimental winemaking objectives.

***Potential opportunity for full time employment*** We have positions available in the lab as well.

You will have an opportunity to work with wines from:

Devil Proof Vineyards
The Setting
And more…

Lunches will be provided Monday-Friday throughout harvest!

Cellar Intern Position Description:

Under general supervision, the winemaking intern will assist the production staff in all areas of harvest-related activities in the cellar including crushing, pressing, juice/wine movements, sanitation, and barrel work. Applicants must be able to work full-time from August through December, and willing to work overtime and weekends.

Essential Duties:

General sanitation of all winery and harvest equipment
Grape receiving, sorting, crushing and pressing
Brix/Temp analysis on fermenters and barrel lots
Juice analysis and data tracking
Pumpovers and punchdowns
Draining and pressing tanks
Juice and wine additions
Juice/wine racking
Barrel filling, racking, and topping
Barrel sanitation, and maintenance
Accurately follow and complete work-orders under general supervision
Forklift operation

*Management retains the discretion to change or add duties to this position at any time

Minimum Requirements:

Able to work uninterrupted from August through December
Ability to work 40+ hours per week, may include early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays during harvest.
Previous experience working harvest preferred (cellar or vineyard) but not required

Must be able to provide proof of U.S. work authorization without sponsorship, or work visa by the date of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent organizational skills
Able to work under pressure with many different people
Able to work rapidly and accurately, performing multiple tasks simultaneously
Total commitment to safety and leading by example.
Must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills.?
Must have the ability to read, write, understand, and communicate in English.?
Must be able to understand and perform basic math.?
Attention to detail and a commitment to excellence and high quality standards.?
Great attitude with a strong desire for learning.?

Physical Requirements:

Frequently sits, stands, walks, twists/turns, bends, kneels, reaches overhead, and climbs.?
Able to work at various heights, on ladders, catwalks, and man cage, and in tight or enclosed spaces.?
Must perform physically strenuous tasks including lifting heavy objects (50+ lbs).?
Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Ability to hear, understand, and distinguish speech and/or other sounds (e.g., machinery sounds including forklifts and pumps, and different types of alarms and alerts).

Work Environment:

Must have a reliable mode of transportation.
Works with chemicals including caustic soda, sodium percarbonate, citric acid, sulfur dioxide, and peracetic acid.
Exposure to gas fumes such as sulfur gas.
Works with high temperature, high pressure hot water and steam.
Works in both indoor and outdoor environments with hot and cold temperatures depending on the season.

Aperture Cellars is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Pay Scale: $20-$22

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Additional Information:

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

Contact Information:

Aperture Cellars and Devil Proof Vineyards
Eric Wright