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Harvest assistant winemaker

Fog Crest Vineyard

Sebastopol, CA

Job Description:

Fog Crest Vineyard is a prominent Russian River Valley producer of Pinot noir and Chardonnay.

With a strong focus on quality and attention to detail, the winery has a great reputation for the production of Chardonnay and Pinot noir from our estate vineyard located in the Laguna Hills of the Russian River Valley.

We are currently seeking a harvest assistant winemaker to work closely with our Burgundy trained winemaker for the 2024 harvest season. The candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of winemaking and viticulture during the ripening season and harvest activities while learning and working directly with our winemaker. Extra helpers are provided by the winery for the processing of the estate Pinot noir.

Duties include but are not limited to:
- Vineyard sampling/crop estimates, processing of fruit samples, assessment of ripeness
- Pre harvest winery preparation
- Fruit sorting/processing/overall crush duties
- Sanitation of processing/cellar equipment
- Monitoring fermentations (Brix, Temp), nutrients additions
- Daily assessment of fermentation through tasting
- Punch downs
- Filling barrels
- Additions to juice and must
- Assisting with draining and pressing
- All other harvest related duties as required

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, a detail driven individual who possesses an aptitude to work well under the guidance and supervision of our winemaker. We are looking for an individual who brings a positive attitude and team-oriented spirit to the job. We also expect the candidate to appreciate that this is a physical job in an often-demanding work environment. Prior harvest experience is not a requirement.

The period of employment will go for two months, from mid August through mid September through.

The winery guest house can be rented for the duration of the job. Details of the rental will be disclosed during the recruitment process.

Kayla D., 2019 harvest assistant winemaker.

"I had a great experience at Fog Crest Vineyard working the harvest alongside their winemaker in 2019. I was exposed to all the facets of winemaking and vineyard sampling. It was my first harvest experience but everything was in place for me to strive and learn so many new skills."

Chala B., 2022 harvest assistant winemaker.

"Fog Crest was an amazing opportunity because I thrive in a smaller hands-on environment; This was one of the best options for me. Through the style of the winery, paired with an AMAZING teacher, I was able to learn each step of the wine-making journey for reds, whites, and roses. Jerome saw my hunger for more and would bring alternative lessons and let me borrow books to bolster my experience. The support and confidence that I received helped me flourish and is something I will cherish forever."

Colby M., 2023 harvest assistant winemaker.

“I worked at Fog Crest Vineyard for the 2023 harvest and my time spent there was great from my very first day at work. The owners, winemaker and staff were all very kind and provided me with a great, warm community. I really enjoy the family minded work environment. The winemaker was an incredible leader and patiently taught me all the steps I needed to learn, with the past harvest my first one. He also proved to be a great leader and great mentor. I had a great two months of work with a supportive crew all across the board during that time and beyond.”

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Tuesday, April 23rd
Type of Work:
Harvest Help
Job Level: