SEASONAL CELLAR INTERN
Interested in an invigorating, fun, and educational experience in winemaking? Then we have an opportunity for you! We are seeking highly motivated individuals to join our winemaking team for approximately three months for the harvest of 2020.
Michael David Winery of Sonoma, located north of Geyserville, is a premium wine producer located in Alexander Valley in northern Sonoma County, California focusing on the wines that make this region great: Cabernet, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. In addition to our own twelve-acre Cabernet vineyard, we source fruit from vineyards throughout Northern California (Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties). Total production this year should approach 2000 tons. We produce a number of large-lot wines for our mothership winery in Lodi but also craft smaller lots (a few tons to 40 tons in size) for our own, soon to be released, ultra-premium label. This diversity means that you will get to participate in both large- and small-scale winemaking at the same place!!
Applicants should be detail oriented, dependable, used to hard work, and fun. Good communication skills and the willingness to perform physically demanding tasks for long hours are also required. Ideal applicants should possess, or be in the process of acquiring, a degree in Enology, Viticulture, or a related field and/or have at least one wine grape harvest’s experience. But we will also consider very motivated applicants with little or no experience and training (hey, you have to start somewhere). Duties will include:
• Crushpad work (fruit processing, cleaning crushpad equipment, etc.)
• Fermentation management (pumpovers/punchdowns, yeast/nutrient additions, sampling, etc)
• Pressing, including “digging” tanks and (happily) cleaning the press
• Barrel work including barrel downs and topping
• General winery upkeep and sanitation (cleaning, cleaning, cleaning)
• Flexible hours; able to work either evenings/ nights or early mornings
• Must be at least age 21
• Work in an indoor and outdoor environment
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs., occasionally up to 75 lbs. with assistance
• Understand basic wine movements
This is a great opportunity to work closely with the wine making team as well as gain experience in all aspects of high-quality wine making. Our ideal candidate can work well alone and as a positive team member. He and/or she must be willing to work flexible (and sometimes long) hours including early mornings, late nights, and weekends. The internship will likely begin in mid to late-August with a predicted ending date near the end in November. We cannot provide housing but do have some local contacts and will do what we can to help the successful applicant secure it. Fluency in English (or near fluency in English and fluency in Spanish) is necessary.
Salary will depend on previous experience. We are considering US citizens, legal residents, or those with valid work permits who are already in the United States. Possible regular, full-time opportunity after harvest season.
Resume & cover letter required.