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2021 Harvest Internship

Santa Rosa, CA

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Job Description:

We are a boutique premium producer of Sonoma County wines looking for a few interns to join our small winemaking team. Interns will be involved in every aspect of harvest, not just in the cellar but also sampling and monitoring vineyards as fruit ripens. Interns are expected to learn and be able to perform a wide variety of functions pertaining to winemaking and will have the benefit of working and learning alongside the winemaker and cellar master. As part of a small team, each intern will be responsible for a large percentage of the work and be an integral member of the team. This will require flexibility in work hours including early mornings and evenings and potentially up to 7 days a week but typically 6. All tasks are expected to be completed to a high level, we do not cut corners. The duration of the position will be approximately from August 1st to November 1st depending on the harvest, starting/ending dates are flexible and subject to change.

This is a position for someone who is interested in pursuing a career within the wine industry.

Characteristics we are looking for include:

- Reliability
- General knowledge of winemaking practices
- Possessing a Positive Attitude and sense of humor
- Desire to learn and improve
- Thinking ahead and anticipating next steps
- Meticulous attention to detail and sanitation
- Interest in pursuing a career in winemaking/grape growing
- Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs on a routine basis
- Able to perform physical labor involved in cellar work

Additional perks of working with our team:

- Unlimited Espresso
- A hearty lunch provided on all fruit processing days and dinner if we run into the night.
- Opportunities to taste other wines from around the county and the world
- Gaining more knowledge and experience in the 25+ vineyards we work with.
- Opportunities to learn and gain experience in the full range of winery operations
- Working with a young, energetic and knowledgeable winemaking team (who both started their careers as interns).

Interns are responsible for their own transportation and housing

Testimony from a past vintage interns:

"This was my first harvest and I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the industry. You will be part of a small, close-knit team and be involved in every aspect of the winemaking process. I helped with filtering and bottling in late July and visited several of their vineyard sites throughout Sonoma County to assist with crop estimates and maturity sampling. I got experience with all aspects of cellar work as the fruit was taken through crush, fermentation, pressing, and barreling, and I even helped with lab work on several occasions. It was awesome seeing the fruit progress from vineyard to barrel, and getting to taste the wines alongside the winemaker as they evolved during fermentation and in barrel was really memorable. Additionally, the quality of the wines is superb. If you’re looking for a well-rounded, hands-on learning experience at a small, quality-driven winery, do a harvest at (this winery). Work hard, ask questions, and enjoy making some of the best wines in Sonoma County!"

“They prioritize quality over other factors, leading to the finest production of wine. Syrah and Pinot Noir are the two specialized types of wine at this winery. As a harvest intern in 2019, I have had a matchless experience. This is due to the fact that I have had the ability to experience the entire winemaking process from beginning to end. Although there have been times of rigor or uncertainty, I have succeeded with the support and assistance from (the Head Winemaker), and (Cellar Master). They truly helped create a fun and comfortable work environment for their staff. Along with the head winemaker and cellar master, you will be working with other harvest interns. Some perks that are included with the internship are complimentary lunches and wine tastings. Throughout your internship, you will experience a variety of wines that are harvested at (this winery). During this time, you will have the opportunity to learn and work in all different parts of the winery. This can include but is not limited to, working at the cellar, working in the vineyard, selling wine, and completing lab work.”

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Friday, April 9th
Type of Work:
Harvest Help