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2024 Dakota Shy Harvest Internship Lab Tech

Dakota Shy Wine Co.

Saint Helena, CA

Job Description:

Dakota Shy is a state-of-the-art boutique winery located in St. Helena, Napa Valley. We have a small, dynamic team that is dedicated to making world-class wines from our portfolio of exceptional vineyards.

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with a desire to learn more about the process of winemaking while working directly alongside our winemaking team.

The Lab Intern will be responsible for daily analysis as well as participating in harvest winery operations.

Lab Responsibilities will include:

•  Calibration and maintenance of lab equipment.

•  In house lab analysis of vineyard samples – Brix, pH, TA.

•  Leading analysis of juice samples and fermentation samples for in-house and outside analysis.

•  Log samples and enter analysis into database (InnoVint, WineXRay).

Winery Operations responsibilities will include:

•  Fruit Processing.

•  Pump overs and punch downs.

•  Drain and pressing, barrel filling and racking.

•  Equipment prep, cleaning and sanitization.


•  Science degree or previous lab experience in winery.

•  Excellent verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail.

•  Strong organizational skills.

•  Computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook).


•  Opportunity to work with the best Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc Napa Valley has to offer.

•  Join winemaking team in assessing and sampling our 17 vineyard sources (50% valley floor, 50% mountain AVAs) which span Napa Valley from North to South.

•  Hands-on, small lot fermentations.

•  Tasting of fermenting lots for education and lot assessment.

•  Harvest lunches provided on “fruit days.”

•  Daily “blind wine” tasting at lunch to further knowledge.

•  Employee wine allocation.

•  $25/hr; guaranteed 40-hour weeks from August 19 through November 22.

•  Attention to detail, hard work, and fun with our committed team!

We ask that applicants are passionate about wine, can work well with a small team and arrive with enthusiasm for our most critical time of year. Successful applicants will have a valid driver’s license, transportation, and housing; Are able to communicate effectively in English; Have current legal US work status; Willing to work with limited days off. Reliability and self-motivation are essential skills.

Commonly required tasks include, but are not limited to, work in confined spaces, climb a ladder, stand and walk for long periods of time, repeatedly lift 50 pounds, work with winery sanitation chemicals, use personal protective equipment, work outdoors and indoors.. Employment for harvest will begin August 19 through November 22, 2024.

When replying to the Dakota Shy internship posting, please tell us a little about why you are interested in Dakota Shy and what you may know about our vineyards, wines and winery.

Contact: Orlando Medina, Cellarmaster,

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Thursday, June 20th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Job Level:

Contact Information:

Dakota Shy Wine Co.
Orlando Medina