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Winemaker

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard

Thurmont, MD

Job Description:

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard (CBV) boutique producer of high quality wines, with an emphasis on being low intervention and terroir driven. CBV grows Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Albarino (5 acres total), and plans on planting an additional 2 acres in 2022 (Petit Verdot or Cabernet Sauvignon). CBV produces ~3,000 cases per year, with majority of the fruit being sourced from local vineyards in Maryland. Future plans (within 5 years) includes the construction of a new and modern production facility, capable of producing 4000-5000 cases annually.

CBV has a reputation as a high quality producer and is seeking a winemaker who can even further elevate the wines. The ideal candidate has at least 5 years of production experience with a premium producer, with experience with barrel fermentation of reds as a plus. CBV is looking for a winemaker who takes pride in their daily work, is self motivated, and leads by example. CBV is located just 20 minutes north of Frederick, MD, which has an eclectic downtown full of restaurants, breweries, fine dining, and access to various outdoor activities.

The Winemaker's duties:

Oversee and participate in all aspects directly related to winemaking:
o Conduct all stages of wine production.
o Working hands-on in the vineyard from pruning to harvest.
o Plan production quantities with ownership.
o Coordinate pick dates with vineyard manager and ownership.
o Coordinate harvest day operations in the winery.
o Coordinate delivery of fruit from others.
o Oversee the chemical analysis on wines.
o Create blends for and coordinate tastings trials.
o Coordinate bottling and labeling of wines.

Oversee and participate in all aspects generally related to winemaking:
o Keep state and federal records, as well as required in-house records. Remain up-to-date on all compliance issues related to winemaking.
o Coordinate ordering and maintaining inventory of all supplies related to winemaking.
o Maintain all winery equipment and systems. Work to become on-site specialist for these systems.
o Keep a safe, clean, and organized production area.

Other duties include, but are not limited to:
o Maintain an already strong relationship with University of Maryland Extension, MGGA, and our other industry partners.
o Provide expertise on: Purchasing new equipment when needed. Grape variety, clone and rootstock choices for planting. New winemaking practices.
o Act as brand representative.
o Treat visitors in the production area with respect.
o Work with events team to prepare the production area when needed for sales activity.
o Occasionally conduct tastings with wine club members for special events

Benefits:
o Health Insurance
o With each paycheck you will accrue 1.5 sick hours, up to 40hrs per year
o 40 hours of vacation offered after first year of employment

Compensation:
o $60,000 salary with commission being offered after 12 months of employment

More information on the winery itself can be found on www.catoctinbreeze.com.

Thank you for your interest in being a part of our team!

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Tuesday, February 23rd
Type of Work:
Full Time
Job Category:
Salary Information:
$60,000 + Commission & Benefits

Contact Information:

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard
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