The reputation of Heitz Cellar for seamless quality has contributed to the international stature of Napa Valley since the first bottle was produced in 1961. Our Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, introduced in 1966, is unsurpassed in worldwide acclaim for its consistent balance and proven record of graceful aging. Heitz encompasses 425 acres of vineyard, strategically located in six of Napa Valley’s finest appellations: Oakville, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, St. Helena, Calistoga and Oak Knoll. This diversity of terroir and micro-climate allows remarkable latitude for experimentation and unmatched quality in all of our wines.
Heitz Cellar is looking for an energetic and motivated individual to join our team as an experienced Cellar Worker. This is an exciting opportunity with a company dedicated to producing outstanding wines. The ideal candidate embraces change, loves to learn and is ready to become a key player in an iconic company poised to enter a new and exciting phase of growth.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Follows winery, department, and legally mandated safety policies and procedures.
2. Maintains a clean and orderly work-space and environment
3. Familiar with the content and emergency response procedures contained in all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
4. Makes certain all equipment is operating in a safe manner and brings malfunctioning equipment to the attention of their supervisor immediately
II. Quality Control
1. Responsible for maintaining proper cellar sanitation, assuring all cellar equipment (tanks, hoses, barrels, working surfaces, equipment, etc.) is properly sanitized before use.
2. Offers recommendations for new equipment, methods, and procedures to improve operation efficiencies and wine quality.
3. Performs a sanitation check on all vessels (barrel, tank, etc.) prior to being filled with wine and notifies Cellar Master of any issues.
4. Responsible for the safe, effective, and efficient operation of all cellar and production equipment, assuring proper maintenance protocols are adhered to.
5. Checks wine for QC standards while performing cellar operations as requested.
III. Production Operations
1. Able to proficiently perform all cellar operations including, but not limited to the following:
a. Routine Cellar Operations: topping, racking, transfers, loading and unloading tankers, all additions, tank/equipment/barrel sanitation, and sample collecting
b. Filtration Operations: Lenticular filtering, and actively trains to learn DE Filter operations
c. Bottling Operations: Actively trains to learn bottling line operations
d. Crush Operations: Fruit intake, pump overs, racking and inoculations and actively trains to learn pressing operations
2. Leads by example and demonstrates winery performance standards when performing cellar operations
3. Becomes lead for at least one specific winery operation, such as topping, and oversees other employees during that process.
4. Suggests methods and/or systems to improve cellar operations, processes, efficiencies and communications.
5. Makes recommendations for modifications to cellar procedures and equipment
1. Actively trains to learn bottling line operations
• 3 years of production experience as well as cellar experience with a premium winery and the ability to perform all stated cellar operations
• Ability to work well with a diverse population and with all levels of management
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
• Proficiency in all high-end winemaking equipment, techniques, and processes
• Fluent in English (reading, writing, and speaking) with Spanish proficiency preferred.
• Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
• Strong attention to detail
• Ability to drive a forklift and become forklift certified
• Clean driving record and valid driver’s license
• Ability to solve problems and set priorities
• Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions and take direction
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to understand and perform basic math and basic measurements
• Ability to work in small confined spaces and high places
• Ability to work extended shifts
Physical and Mental Requirements
• Full body mobility: Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hand tools, reach and raise hands above the head, climb stairs, kneel or crouch, talk, hear, and accurately taste and smell.
• Able to lift up to 100 lbs.
• Hearing ability adequate to effectively communicate with co-workers and customers.
• Ability to work in dynamic range of temperatures and weather conditions.
• Able to work in and out-doors.
• Can sustain extended periods of standing or walking on concrete floors.
• Able to work irregular and variable hours and days.
• Able to safely and effectively wear all require personal protective equipment.
• Capable of safely and effectively operating a forklift.