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Assistant Winemaker

Constellation Brands

Gonzales, CA

Job Description:

Position Summary

Responsible for planning & executing day-to-day winemaking activities from crush through bottling to ensure maximum productivity, efficiency, accuracy, and quality standards. Elements of this position may include oversight of the following activities: grape-to-wine and wine-to-bottle processes, barrel work, onsite and offsite wine monitoring & maintenance, shipping & receiving of juice and wine. May also include special winemaking projects as needed which may include: inventory management, plan development, cellar SOP and Winemaking Protocol (WMP) review and development, sanitation monitoring and other assignments.


• Assist Winemaking team with executing all winemaking operations to meet production targets
• Ensure that all wines sent to be bottled offsite are "bottle-ready" and fit lab analysis, tasting, quality and compliance standards
• Work with various winemaking teams throughout Constellation Brands to ensure wine quality specifications & logistics are followed
• Oversee purchasing of winemaking supplies
• Facilitate shipping & receiving of juice & wine
• Cultivate a good understanding of all winemaking procedures and production protocols
• Understand fruit sourcing & contribute to vineyard evaluation as needed
• Maintain short-term production calendar
• Assist with wine finishing program by resolving issues with wines that do not meet specifications
• Taste & evaluate wines and blends
• Participate in management of grape receiving and wine production operations during harvest, as assigned
• Generate & oversee (follow up on work being completed) Work Orders for wine and wine processing
• Contribute to the continuous improvement of the winemaking processes and procedures
• Understand and comply with applicable quality, environmental and safety regulatory considerations
• Learn and develop winemaking skills
• Represent brand to trade & consumer
• Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's Degree, including 3+ years of wine industry experience and 1+ year of Enology or Winemaking experience
• Well-developed wine tasting skills
• In-depth understanding of major aspects of winemaking, laboratory procedures, bottling and production workflow
• Computer proficient in Excel (intermediate to advanced), Access and Word
• Good organizational, planning, and presentation skills
• Clear commitment to high quality and attention to details
• Able to work independently with minimum supervision

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

• Work Environment:
- Works outdoors/indoors
- Works in warm/cold climates
- Works in high places
- Works on wet surfaces
- Is exposed to loud noise, fumes and/or toxic chemicals
- Works near moving, mechanical parts and lift truck traffic
- Must be able to move up to 55 lbs
- Primary office environment may be warehouse/distribution setting
• Must be at least 21 years of age. Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and work on a computer for extended periods. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position is not eligible for employer-visa sponsorship.

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Equal Opportunity

Constellation Brands is committed to a continuing program of equal employment opportunity. All persons have equal employment opportunities with Constellation Brands, regardless of their sex, race, color, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), marital status, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), familial status, military or veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related conditions (or any other group or category within the framework of the applicable discrimination laws and regulations).

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Job Posted:
Friday, November 10th
Type of Work:
Full Time
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