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Assistant Winemaker

Schramsberg Vineyards Company

Calistoga, CA

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Job Description:

Schramsberg, America's House of Sparkling Wine, is seeking an Assistant Winemaker to join our team to oversee the Davies Vineyards red wine program.

Full-Time Position
Status: Exempt
Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life/LTD, 401K, PTO, Wine, and Clothing Allocations.
Location: Calistoga and St. Helena


The Assistant Winemaker, independently and as part of a team, supervises all winery, lab, and production operation activities including harvest, blending, bottling, and forecasting functions to ensure that all operations are performed in an efficient, safe, and cost-effective manner consistent with established winemaking procedures. This position oversees the Davies Vineyards red program production in St. Helena, CA. Travel between Schramsberg property and St. Helena is expected.

Essential Functions:

- Oversee and assist in winery operations, including but not limited to harvest, blending, and bottling activities in accordance with established winemaking protocols.
- Supervise cellar and laboratory staff in maintaining winemaking procedures and quality standards.
- Maintains winemaking database (Winemaker’s Database), record keeping, and inventory.
- Ensure that winery equipment, tanks, floors, and buildings are kept clean, sanitary, and orderly.
- Participate in vineyard monitoring and grower relations activities in coordination with Viticulturalist/Grower Relations Manager.
- Maintain Winery Safety Program.
- Participate in winery and strategic planning meetings.
- Participate in a range of in-house and external winery events as needed (Cellar Club events, Camp Schramsberg/Davies, PNV, e.g.).
- Assist in the development of procedural and quality control manuals.
- Participate in sparkling wine program activities as needed (harvest, trials, tastings, and tirage).
- Perform other duties as assigned by management.


- Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience.
- Minimum 5 years experience in related industry.
- Experience in all phases of production – bottling, packaging, scheduling is essential.
- Commitment to excellence and high standards.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Advanced Excel and data analysis skills.
- Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills; able to manage priorities and workflow. Able to plan, anticipate and lead winemaking procedures, training
programs, and educational forums.
- Ability to lead and manage a team.
- Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work in dynamic environments.
- Ability to work independently and as a member of various teams and committees.
- Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with diverse individuals at all organizational levels.
- Good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decisions
- Creative, flexible, and innovative team player.
- Ability to speak and understand the Spanish language is highly desirable.

Physical Requirements:

- Able to lift 50+ pounds frequently and continually move objects.
- Walk, kneel, bend, and stand for prolonged periods of time.
- Requires sufficient good health to properly discharge duties.
- Requires ability to drive assigned vehicle(s) or personal vehicle, with an appropriate state license, following all laws applicable; must provide proof of liability insurance and
must be eligible to be insured under Schramsberg’s insurance policy.
- Taste and smell.

Work Environment:

- A percentage of time will be spent in the cellar where temperatures are cool and noise levels are usually high.
- Irregular shifts, including nights and long hours, are often required.
- Able to work outside in variable weather conditions.
- Traveling from both wineries is expected. (Calistoga and St. Helena)

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Thursday, April 8th
Type of Work:
Full Time
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