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 2021.
North Coast Wine Company/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 Sauvignon, 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 couple tons to 40 tons in size) for our own, ultra-premium label Outerbound. This diversity means that you will get to participate in both large- and small-scale winemaking at the same place!! Check us out at www.northcoastwine.com.
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 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)
• Working flexible hours; able to work either evenings/ nights or early mornings
• Working in an indoor and outdoor environment
• Lifting 50 lbs., occasionally up to 75 lbs. with assistance
• Understanding 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 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.
Must be at least 21 year of age. Salary will depend on previous experience. Due to the ongoing pandemic and visa restrictions, we are unable to consider those who do not currently have work rights in the U.S. Incomplete applications and/or those not meeting the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered.
**To be considered a cover letter and your resume must be submitted.