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Cellar Tech I

Francis Ford Coppola Presents

Geyserville, CA

Job Description:

Come join The Family Coppola as an entry level Cellar position, and be a central part of our wine making team! Various work assignments to include: racking, pumping, clarifying and blending of juice and wine; Operate and care for filters, pumps, presses, hoses and other cellar equipment; handle shipping and receiving of everything from cases of wine to tanker trucks; perform sanitation of cellar equipment including casks and tanks; check temperature of tanks during fermentation, stabilization and storage.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•  Under direct supervision complete work assignment and work orders received from Winemaker and / or Cellar Operations Manager.
•  Perform, document and report lab analysis and QC
•  Keep records and accurately document all cellar operations.
•  Perform necessary volume calculations for wine blending and wine movements.
•  Prepare wine batches for bottling.
•  Transfer, rack, filter, and blend wines as directed.
•  Mix tanks heat and cold stabilize.
•  Gas head space on partial tanks on a weekly basis.
•  Accurately make chemical and yeast additions to wine and juice.
•  Responsible for sanitation of cellar area equipment and tanks.
•  Sample tanks as needed or directed.
•  Report and monitor all wine inventory.
•  Keep inventory of cellar supplies. Request orders as needed.
•  Monitor temperature of wine tanks.
•  Perform all setup and cleanup activities.
•  Perform wine barrel work.
•  Occasional hand labeling.
•  Operate forklift as needed.
•  Participate in seasonal harvest-related work as assigned.
•  Responsible for sanitation of all areas of cellar operations
•  Sterilizes casks, tanks, and other equipment
•  Operate pumps and filters to blend and clarify
•  Check and top tanks to proper fill levels
•  Operate crusher and presses, move hoses and equipment, obtain lab samples, and clean equipment
•  May handle shipping and receiving of tanker trucks

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Job Requirements:

•  High school diploma or GED.
•  Min. 6 months prior training and experience in the wine cellar

•  Must be proficient in MS Excel & Word
•  Must have good arithmetic skills.
•  Ability to promote Safety
•  Must be able to communicate effectively in English, written and spoken.

•  Must have complete knowledge of the operation and proper application of cellar equipment.
•  Filter operation: pad type lees, and membrane filters.
•  Pump operation: centrifugal, air-diaphragm, flexible impeller (Jabsco), rotary vane (Waukeshaw), Bulldog’s pup.
•  Understanding of standard sanitation practices for cellar equipment and bottling line.
•  Knowledge of common cellar chemicals and how to use them safely and correctly.
•  Wine knowledge

•  Ability to lift 60lbs and walk on uneven surfaces.

Other: (Includes licenses, certificates, age, etc.)
•  Able to work with others and/or independently.

Physical Demands:

N (Not Applicable)-Activity is not applicable to this occupation.
O (Occasionally)-Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day)
F (Frequently)-Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+ hrs/day)
C(Constantly)-Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

Stand-C , Walk-F, Sit-O, Handling/Fingering-F , Reaching Outward-O, Reaching Above Shoulder-O, Climb-F , Crawl-O, Squat or Kneel-O, Bend-F, Working at the computer-O

10 lbs or Less-F
11 – 20 lbs-O
21 – 50 lbs-O
51 – 100 lbs-O
Over 100 lbs-O
12 lbs or Less-F
13 – 25 lbs-O
26 – 40 lbs-O
41 – 100 lbs-O

Other Physical Requirements
Vision (Near, Distance)
Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/tractor sounds)
Sense of Touch
Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Steel toe boots, safety glasses)

Work Environment: Must be able to work outdoors in variable weather conditions.

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Wednesday, May 15th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Salary Information:
Competitive Hourly Rate