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Assistant Winemaker

Folino Estate Vineyard & Winery

Kutztown, PA

Job Description:

The position will be responsible for the quality, organization, and execution of winemaking activities for our winery in Kutztown, PA. The position requires a mixture of hands-on and managerial/supervisory skills, laboratory skills, attention to detail, cleanliness, and is a physically active role.

Duties include:

Assist in supervising all day to day cellar operations, including harvest, bulk wine, barrels, bottling preparation, sanitation, and cellar organization and cleanliness.
Provide winemaking technical support to the Winemaker and production staff.
Assist in supervision of grape receiving, crushing, pressing and wine production operations during harvest.
Participate in wine tasting at all stages throughout the winemaking process and be responsible for conducting evaluation and recommendation of treatments.
Write work orders for all production related tasks from harvest to bottling.
Responsible for supervising, training, and mentoring any cellar employees during harvest, providing ongoing instruction and support as assigned.
Work as a team with Winemaker on all blends to insure wine profiles are being adequately filled and bottling requirements are met on time.
Responsible for adhering to all state and federal regulations.
Contribute to the continuous improvement of the winemaking process and procedures.
Prepare work-orders, assist in data management, as well as conduct bulk and bottled wine inventories.
Responsibility for the quality and execution of work performed, review and implementation of standards of care, safety, and operating procedures.
Safety training and management of compliance issues in the laboratory and cellar environment to provide a safe work place.
Strategic and some budgetary planning for seasonal projects, harvest activities, ordering of supplies.
Maintain wine and job quality goals while managing for good productivity and cost effectiveness.
Be available for weekend and evening winery events that require interaction with customers.

Desired Skills & Experience Requirements -

Degree in Enology, Chemistry, or related field
Experience with both the practical and technical aspects of the winemaking process and understand winemaking regulatory requirements. Includes all aspects of harvest, fermentation, cellar work, and winemaking analysis is preferred.
Must possess excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills, fluent in English, both verbal and written.
Experience in a premium winemaking environment, and a commitment to growing quality.
Strong organizational, teambuilding, problem solving skills, attention to detail, with ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
Lift and carry up to 50 pounds; work on and around ladders, catwalks, uneven flooring, in hot, cold and wet environments; with typical winery chemical exposure and conditions.
Available to work a varied schedule during harvest season as needed.
Excellent math skills and accuracy with numbers and strong recordkeeping skills along with a working knowledge of data collection and data analysis.
Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to learn other related computer programs & databases

About MAF Hospitality Holdings:
We are a vineyard and winery located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania where our wines are featured in our upscale casual Italian restaurant, in our lavish event space, and in our Tasting Room and retail space both, soon to be adding a second location in Phoenixville, Pa.

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Thursday, August 9th
Type of Work:
Full Time
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Folino Estate Vineyard & Winery