Winemaker will be responsible for planning and execution of all aspects of wine production (cellar and lab) as well as seasonal vineyard work. Winery is located in Wisconsin with about 15 acres of Cold Hearty Grapes. Other duties include help with events, ordering supplies and materials, tax reporting and record keeping, writing descriptions and website content, as well as public representation. Must be willing to do all aspects of the business. Must have a strong background in oenology and wine chemistry. Good communication, organization and cleaning skills are a must.
The Winemaker is responsible for the winemaking process from receiving the grapes to bottling. This includes monitoring the grape crop through harvest, wine production and bottling. The Winemaker also plays a key role in managing both quality control and laboratory functions.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Reviews and revises procedural and quality control manuals.
• Participates in the planning and development of current and planned winery facility
• Makes recommendations regarding winemaking and equipment purchases
• Acts and represents the Winery’s brand in the marketplace during market visits, and interviews with wine writers
• Establishes harvest season winemaking standards (grape sugar/acids, processing, finishing) and actively participates in crush planning and logistics
• Integrate harvest plans with plant resources (tanks and fermenters)
• Closely monitor fermentations and pressing schedules
• Supervise wine and juice lab bench trails
• Closely coordinate blending activities with the winemaking panel, and cellar operations to ensure timeliness and high quality goals achieved
• Responsible for coming up with and carrying out budget plans and goals
• Primary role is accomplishment of winemaking goals of high quality; along with high scores and accolades
• Manages subordinate staff
• Directly supervises daily work of individual contributors, principally with the Cellarmaster and Enologist
• Responsible for managerial actions such as hiring, firing, and Education, Knowledge & Experience: Completion of a Bachelor’s of Science Degree specializing in Enology or a BS Degree and significant winemaking experience
• Four or more years’ experience as an Assistant Winemaker or Winemaker is preferred.
• Ability to stand for long periods, climb stairs and work at heights
• Lift up to 50 lbs cases of wine