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Lachini Vineyards

Tualatin, OR


Job Description:

SUMMARY: Winemaker (W) will work on all aspects of winemaking & cellar activities from grape harvesting and processing/crush pad activities, fermentation management, additions, movements, racking/transferring, blending, finishing/bottling and warehousing all wines. He/she will participate in all winemaking decisions under the authority of winemaker & owner, will coordinate and oversee hands-on production of highest quality wines using input and direction in keeping with winery’s mission statement and values. The Winemaker also will sell / represent LV facilitates the daily cellar operations and performs all tasks in the winery.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following reflects management’s definition of essential responsibilities & functions for this job. Duties include ~
•  Coordinate with supervision of the crush, pressing, settling and all other phases of juice treatment and fermentation of the must.
•  Oversee cask storage and maturation. Maintain barrels in good condition: use kegs for topping, clean bungs and sulfur empty barrels.
•  Generate, manage interpret labs for sample and data collection and fermentation monitoring. Responsible for calculating and oversight of all chemical additions.
•  Must be flexible within a seasonal work environment. Must be able to work extended hours during the harvest.
•  Must ensure appropriate production and sanitation procedures are followed (including implementing a Sanitation policy for winery).
•  Prepare bottling plans/logistics for each wine.
•  Must keep detailed winery logs, maintain daily, monthly, and annual production schedules, and inventory records.
•  Able to identify problems in wines and make recommendations.
•  Perform sensory evaluations of wines before blending.
•  Train and supervise the entire production team, harvest interns, etc.
•  Assist with coordination & logistics of activities in the vineyard and winery.
•  Assist Vineyard Mgr with monitoring grape development & production - testing as necessary to ensure fruit quality and determine the ideal harvest schedule.
•  Partake in laboratory evaluations, laboratory budgets and laboratory capital recommendations.
•  Help maintain both winery and vineyard year-round.
•  Help strategize product lines.
•  Conduct wholesale sales on within state of OR and long-term in other states with our distributors.
•  Guide winery tours, conduct private tastings.
•  Represent the winery at various industry, media, regulatory, and trade events.

•  Minimum 5 harvests. Overseas experience is valued with preference also for having worked multiple vintages in the Willamette Valley.
•  Provide customer support by responding to customer inquiries and requests.
* Assist in recruiting & guiding custom crush clients in producing wines, from grape to bottle, per a desired wine style.
•  Propose and conduct experiments/trials to enhance quality and stability in wines.
•  Ability to restructure and improve wines that do not meet expectations.
•  Do first analysis of data to provide appropriate enological/winemaking recommendations.
•  Comprehension of blending concepts and discrimination tasting.
•  Maintain working knowledge of our winemaking processes in order to teach pertinent information to existing team (harvest interns, vineyard support staff) as well as consumers visiting Lachini tasting rooms.
•  Assist in producing Technical Marketing Materials that will help to support sales (including winemaker tasting notes, etc.).
•  Winemakers Database skills a plus.
•  Knowledge of Government Regulations
•  Knowledge of EPA regulations on air and water

•  Bachelors degree ~ Food Science, Enology or Chemistry or related field.
•  Practical knowledge of cellar operations
•  Minimum 2 as assistant winemaker + 3 years experience as cellar worker or
•  Forklift operations certified.
•  Natural problem-solver
•  Proven ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines.
•  Proficient in use of MS Office
•  Proven ability to produce quality premium wines.
•  Strong organizational, analytical and time management skills.
•  Self-starter, motivated, results driven, “can-do” attitude, planning and implementation, problem solving; able to manage priorities with enthusiasm.
•  Ability to read and understand measurements, interpret lab results.
•  Good communication skills (use of email, daily logs, timesheets, etc.).
•  Attention to detail, problem solving, project management skills and familiarity with relevant software systems and software.
•  Good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decisions.
•  Ability to work within existing and established guidelines.

•  Employee may often need to lift and/or move more than 50 lbs.
•  Ability to pull, push, kneel, bend, reach.
•  Ability to work seven days a week and long hours during periods of the year (e.g. harvest, bottling, events, etc.)

Salary is based on experience and productivity plus bonus Apply by email only with resume.

Additional Information:

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

Contact Information:

Lachini Vineyards
Ron Lachini