2021 Harvest Intern
Trefethen Family Vineyards is looking for enthusiastic and passionate applicants for our winery intern positions. The internship program at Trefethen runs from July until December, and includes exposure to all facets of wine production. The interns play a vital role in assessing vineyard block maturity, preparing the winery for harvest, receiving and processing fruit, monitoring fermentations, performing lab analysis, and gathering data to enhance the production of premium wines.
The history of winemaking at the property dates back to 1886, when the Eshcol winery was built. When the Trefethen family purchased and rejuvenated the site in 1968, they started a new tradition of quality and authenticity that still shows today. Split between two historic properties, our 100% estate grown wines comprise all 5 Bordeaux varieties as well as Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon blanc over 450 acres. Our vineyard and winemaking teams work hand in hand to craft classic Napa wines from vine to bottle.
The internship involves extensive experience in both the laboratory and the cellar, as well as time in the vineyard. When working in the lab, the interns work closely with the winemaking team and are involved in all tastings. The internship includes significant independent work and is geared at preparing individuals for future careers in the industry. The responsibilities of the interns include:
• vineyard sampling (you’ll learn how to drive an ATV)
• forklift operation (unloading trucks, loading the press)
• fermentation monitoring
• general cellar duties (racking, filling, barrel work, sanitation, etc)
• laboratory analysis of grape samples, musts and wines
• setting up and participating in tasting and trials
Basic winemaking knowledge, valid CA Driver’s License, ability to lift up to 50 lbs, and ability to work long hours with a positive attitude are required. Previous harvest experience is great, but not required. Ideally, the intern will start work in July and continue through December, but these dates are flexible. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer housing or transportation.