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2021 Harvest Interns

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Windsor, CA

Job Description:

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards is a small, ultra-premium wine producer located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California specializing in old-vine Zinfandel, red Rhône varieties, and unusual white wines. While most of our fruit is sourced from vineyards throughout Sonoma County (including our own ten acres of Zinfandel planted in the 1920s and two acres of Mourvèdre and mixed blacks planted in 1910), we also work with fruit from some exceptional vineyards in Napa Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Paso Robles. Total case production for 2021 will be approximately 7,500 cases (roughly 130 tons).

We’re seeking a trio of highly motivated individuals to join our small winemaking team for approximately three months for the harvest of 2021. The ideal applicant is enthusiastic, dependable, self-motivated, and very detail oriented. Excellent communication skills, the ability to perform physically demanding tasks, and the willingness to work long hours are also required. Applicants should possess, or be in the process of acquiring, a BS/MS in Enology, Viticulture, or a related field and at least one harvest’s experience. With no formal wine-related education, previous experience of at least two harvests is required.

Duties will include:
•  Crushpad work (fruit sorting, cleaning crushpad equipment, etc.)
•  General cellar work (fermentation management, yeast/nutrient additions, “digging” tanks, press operation, barrel downs, topping, general winery upkeep, etc.)
•  Cleaning & more cleaning
•  Vineyard berry sample preparation & Brix measurements
•  Assisting owner in managing vineyard picks

Our winery is situated south of the town of Windsor in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. We produce small lots of Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Semillon, Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner & Muscadelle. Accommodations are available at the Carlisle Vineyard property (unfortunately no pets allowed) at a very reasonable rental rate. Compensation is highly competitive and depends on experience.

Given the ongoing pandemic, we will only be considering applicants currently living in the United States. Incomplete applications and/or those not meeting the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered.

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Monday, April 12th
Type of Work:
Harvest Help

Contact Information:

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards
Jay Maddox