The Winemaker oversees the entire production process of creating wine, including grape harvesting, crushing, fermentation, aging, blending, and bottling. He/She combines scientific concepts with practical experience to alter a wine's chemical composition and make key decisions based on the levels of acid, sugar, sulfur, and sulfite within a wine.
• A degree in Enology or related science field is preferred, but can be substituted with comparable experience along with a minimum of 5 years winemaking experience.
• Knowledge of grapes, growing regions, and local production and marketing regulations
• Must possess strong leadership skills.
• Solid track record of success in previous assignments demonstrating upward career tracking.
• Strong communication skills
• Must be dependable, reliable, and self-motivated.
• Computer Knowledge a must
Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide budget of annual costs in anticipation of projected wine sales
• Schedule all quality grape purchases, additives and lab supplies and dry goods for bottling
• Direct all winemaking, maintaining existing and creating new blends
• Knowledge in all lab analysis
• Oversee winery sanitation
• Maintain all wine associated equipment, pumps, and bottling line
• Manage staff
• Maintain integrity of wines, grapes, juice filtering, blending and bottling
• Awareness in safety protocols, if known USDA and OSHA
• Assure proper vineyard practices are used to ensure quality
• Participate in wine relocated expansion and development to achieve efficient goals of operations
• Maintain positive influence to create productive environment through training and education
• Ensure growth and stability of the company
• Maintain government record keeping
• Assist in the finances, P&L, balance sheet, cash flow of the winery operations
• Working with Estate Vineyard and outside grape growers
• Overseeing in-house tastings & blending trials
• Attending all necessary wine events and tastings
• Willing to travel for outside events
• Sanitation of all equipment and facility
• Topping and racking
• Bottling equipment set up and sanitation
• All lab analysis
• Maintenance of cooperage, tanks, pumps, and other equipment
• Forklift operation
• Operation of all harvest equipment
• Monitoring fermentations with staff
• Yeast and ML bacteria inoculations
• Recordkeeping of cellar operations
• Inventory management of supplies, bulk wine, and case goods
• Set and implement direction on the processing of the grapes, production of wine, storage of
Product, and bottling of product
• Set production schedules in line with the capabilities of the facility and the needs of the market
• Manage inventory levels of supplies and materials used in the production of wine
• Maintain records as required for meeting government and corporate requirements
• Supervise maintenance and repair of equipment and tanks used in the cellar operation
• Work collaboratively with farm manager to manage incoming fruit and during harvest
• Determine the need for and manage outside contractors as needed
• Monitor the condition of all wines to prevent spoilage
• Assist in development of the product mix and grape needs for coming season
• Work with sales to project the desired product mix based on the past year’s sales
• Collaborate with the winemaking team to plan blends and products to be produced to meet the projections of the sales group
• Lead public and private tours as needed
• Able to work ten hour-plus shifts, with extended standing/walking.
• Capable of lifting materials and/or product up to 50 pounds or more.
• Competitive compensation package
• Medical insurance options
• Paid holidays and vacation
• Company dining program
• Clear path for growth and career advancement
• Excellent opportunity with growing brand
This Job Description reflects management’s assessment of essential functions; however, it does not prescribe nor restrict the tasks that may be assigned.