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Lab & Cellar Intern

Heitz Cellar

Saint Helena, CA

Job Description:

Company Overview

Heitz Cellar was established in 1961, a time when there were few wineries in the Napa Valley. Today, Heitz Cellar is known for producing iconic single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Martha’s Vineyard in Oakville, Trailside Vineyard in Rutherford, and Linda Falls Vineyard atop Howell Mountain. As a leader in organic and biodynamic farming, Heitz Cellar continues its legacy as a family-owned enterprise of Lawrence Wine Estates, along with its sister wineries; Brendel, Burgess, Haynes Vineyard, Ink Grade, and Stony Hill. Heitz Cellar offers an illustrious portfolio of prestigious Napa Valley varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.
The winery, located in St. Helena, CA off the famed Silverado Trail, features a state-of-the-art enological laboratory, a historic stone cellar built in 1898, primarily French oak casks and tanks for aging and an onsite bottling line. We foster a professional, team-oriented culture focusing on quality and safety in all our efforts. We are a small team of highly trained and innovative colleagues who thrive in a supportive and nurturing culture. Crafting world class wines is our passion, and we welcome you to join us in this.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

I. Safety
1. Follows winery, department, and legally mandated safety policies and procedures.
2. Maintains a clean and orderly workspace and environment
3. Familiar with the content and emergency response procedures contained in all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
4. Makes certain all equipment is operating in a safe manner and brings malfunctioning equipment to the attention of their supervisor immediately

III. Laboratory Work
1. Assists winemaking team in performing analysis including, but not limited to, routine and monthly sulfur analysis, pH/TA, full range of enzymatic analysis, alcohol, and turbidity
2. Helps to collect routine wine and fermentation samples for analysis
3. Helps perform routine bottling QC
4. Records all information legibly and accurately on daily lab analysis forms
5. Aids in setting up winemaking trials
6. Ensures the lab is clean and organized at all times

IV. Vineyard
1. Collects berry samples requested from Winemaker during crush from estate and contracted vineyards
2. Processes berry samples for analysis in lab
3. Takes specified berry samples to outside laboratories for analysis

V. Cellar Work
1. Assists with, and performs, all crush activities
2. Assists with, and performs, wine transfers, racking and blending operations
3. Assists with, and performs, barrel operations
4. Assists in filtration operations
Some forklift operations (dumping fruit and forklifting empty and full barrels) •  Assists in bottling operations

Position Specifications

•  Interested in learning more about premium winemaking and has an enthusiastic outlook on learning by doing
•  1+ harvest experience working with high end winemaking equipment, techniques, and processes
•  Knowledge of wine bottling equipment, techniques, and processes
•  Experience researching and developing winemaking techniques and trials to improve wine quality a plus, but not required
•  Dedication to confidentiality, professionalism, and maturity
•  Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills; able to manage priorities and workflow while communicating openly
•  Acute attention to detail
•  Ability to deal effectively with a diversity of individuals at all organizational levels
•  Good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decisions
•  Creative, flexible, and innovative team player
•  Ability to work a flexible schedule with extended hours during busy harvest season
•  Clean driving record

Physical and Mental Requirements
•  Full body mobility: Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hand tools, reach and raise hands above the head, climb stairs, kneel or crouch, talk, hear, and accurately taste and smell
•  Able to lift up to 60 lbs
•  Hearing ability adequate to effectively communicate with co-workers and customers
•  Ability to work in dynamic range of temperatures and weather conditions
•  Able to work in and outdoors
•  Can sustain extended periods of standing or walking on concrete floors
•  Able to work irregular and variable hours and days
•  Able to safely and effectively wear all required personal protective equipment.
•  Capable of safely and effectively operating a forklift

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Friday, June 21st
Type of Work:
Harvest Help
Job Level: