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Assistant Winemaker

Peltier Winery

Acampo, CA

Job Description:

Minimum Qualifications-

* BS/MS in Fermentation Science, Viticulture and Enology, Biology or Chemistry
* Minimum 2 years of wine industry experience
* Good organizational, supervisory and communication skills (verbal and written)
* Well-developed wine tasting skills
* Deep understanding of major aspects of winemaking, laboratory procedures, bottling and production work flow
* Computer proficient in Excel (intermediate to advanced), Access and Word
* Clear commitment to high quality and orientation to details
* Ability to work harmoniously with coworkers
* Fluency in Spanish desirable
* Able to work independently with minimum supervision.



This position is responsible for helping to coordinate all winemaking activities at the Peltier Winery & Vineyard facility under the supervision of the Winemaker.

Assist in execution of all winery operations with help from Cellar Master and Cellar Workers

Manage quality and professionalism of all cellar operations

In conjunction with WM, develop and maintain cellar SOPs to ensure quality steps and risk aversion are built into all production systems and processes.

Conduct on-going assessments of cellar operations to ensure quality goals are met or exceeded

Responsible for understanding and complying with applicable quality, environmental, safety, and regulatory considerations

Accountable for your work and the work of others.

Maintain winery safety, OSHA compliance, and SDS records

Monitor all outside wine analysis.

Embrace HAP (Honest, Approachable, Passionate) and help develop HAP culture with coworkers

Complete the jobs requested by WM in a timely, safe, and professional manner

Work with Winemaker to send bulk wine samples to brokers and clients of the Winery.

Work with winemaker to keep inventory of the bulk wine updated


Assist WM in planning all aspects of harvest for the facility.

Assist in all harvest activities; crush pad, drain and press, determining press cuts, racking/topping/filling barrels, pump overs, additions, etc.

Help manage timing of fermentation additions. Ensure additions are added to juice/wine per SOP's. Communicate with Winemaker that additions were added.

Monitor fermentations. Check Brix on fermentations daily. Communicate daily Brix readings with all brand Winemakers.

Help maintain inventory spreadsheet for barrels and lot tracking

Assist with sampling vineyards to determine ripeness.

Collect grape samples and send to the lab for Brix, TA, and pH.

Assist with sampling of grape and wine lots for chemical analysis.

Assist in entering winemaking activities into Vintrace. Work orders, analysis, additions, etc.

Centrifuge all the lots after fermentation.


In conjunction with Winemaker, prepare final blends for bottling

In conjunction with Winemaker, develop and implement a filtering plan

During bottling:

Assist in quality control on the bottling line

Help oversee bottling crew

Help manage bottling supplies (labels, corks, foils, glass, screw caps, case stickers, etc.)

Help manage shipping of case goods and glass during bottling

Inventory all bottling supplies after bottling is complete.

Assist in bottling report and submit to accounting

Help make sure all inventory of all bottling supplies and case goods is accurate and input into Vintrace.

Winery maintenance:

Inform winemaker when replacements or repairs are needed

Take a sense of ownership and ensure that winery is clean at all times

Track chemical inventory

Blend & Comp tastings:

Work with Winemaker in identifying quality lots

Participate in conducting winemaking/blend trials

Assist in pulling lots or gathering wines for tastings

Be a vocal part of blending

Set up comparative tastings


Work order entries into Vintrace

Monthly inventories are accurate

Track experiments


Attend industry functions as needed

Be present at all winery functions; assist with set up for events & tastings

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Wednesday, June 12th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Job Category:

Contact Information:

Peltier Winery
Susana Rodriguez Vasquez