SUMMARY: The Cellar Master is responsible for managing all cellar, bottling and crush processing activities, operations and staff at our Twomey Cellars location in Philo, CA.
• Supervises and performs all cellar functions including, but not limited to barrel work (sanitizing, filling, topping, racking, treating and maintenance), wine movements and blending, filtration, and finished wine additions if necessary.
• Plans staffing needs for the cellar department, including temporary labor; assists with the hiring process as needed.
• Works closely with Assistant Winemaker to ensure wine quality.
• Directs the work of the Cellar crew in all activities of winemaking. Writes work orders. Provides instruction and assistance to Cellar crew.
• Coordinates and schedules wine shipments of bulk and bottled product to other company locations and to warehouses with transport service.
• Trains, supervises, motivates and develops Cellar crew members.
• Manages the Cellar team’s performance on an on-going basis, providing feedback, coaching and discipline in a timely manner. Provides opportunities for growth and development. Documents performance via company’s performance management program.
• Demonstrates leadership through sound business decisions, high ethical standards, accountability, values, and behavior. Builds trust within their teams and other departments.
• Organizes and maintains cellar records for all barrel and bulk wine transactions.
• Operates forklift, scissor lift, crush and bottling equipment.
• Performs as weighmaster at harvest.
• Responsible for the ordering and organization of cellar chemicals including cleaning agents, gasses, solutions, and others as needed within the approved budget.
• Manages the production of bottling operations.
• Maintains SDS binders, safety logs, and investigates workplace injuries. Trains and ensures that staff follow safety guidelines and procedures.
• Perform basic maintenance and works with facilities/maintenance team to maintain all equipment and perform routine repairs as needed.
• Coordinate with other departments to assist with cross-functional projects and events.
• Member of Safety Committee. Responsible for making sure all cellar crew is trained in safety procedures, identify any un-safe conditions, and comply with safety protocols at all times.
• Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned.
• A minimum of four (4) years related experience.
• Extensive knowledge and competence in Cellar duties and tasks.
• Knowledge of wines and wine production.
• Demonstrated proficiency in supervising and motivating employees.
• Proficiency with email, MS Office. Experience with Winemaker’s Database (WMDB), Tank Net and AgCode preferred.
• Valid CA driver’s license with clean driving record.
• Must have experience being a weighmaster.
• Working knowledge of winery safety regulations and hazards.
• Strong organizational skills; able to manage priorities and workflow.
• Commitment to excellence and high standards.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Bilingual English/Spanish a plus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to do the following:
• Walk, kneel, bend and stand.
• Climb stairs and operate at heights, on catwalks.
• Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
• A percentage of work time is spent in a wine warehouse or cellar where temperatures are cool and noise level is usually moderate.
• Occasional exposure to caustic or hazardous substances, such as sulfur dioxide or ozone.
The above reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.