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Harvest Winery Internship 2021

Thumbprint Cellars


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Job Description:


Thumbprint Cellars is a winery and custom crush in the heart of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley seeking
driven, enthusiastic winemaking interns for this year’s harvest. This is a seasonal, hourly position,
beginning mid August 2021 and lasting through harvest (typically late October - early November). This is a
dynamic position which will provide valuable experience in the cellar as well as an opportunity to
work with numerous varietals, and winemaking styles. In addition to Thumbprint we house three
other brands, and interns will be exposed to both conventional and low-intervention winemaking
Our ideal candidates should have an interest in and high capacity for learning new things. They
should be fascinated by wine, have or be willing to develop a critical palate, and above all be
enthusiastic about working hard to create great wine! A love of loud music, ping pong, and cold beer
is a plus.

Job Overview:
The Harvest Intern will be working closely with the Associate Winemaker and Enologist in making a
great vintage happen! Opportunities for both cellar and laboratory work are available, and we involve
interns in every aspect of the winemaking process, from tasting fermentations to managing
maceration and the harvest decision-making process.

Cellar Duties (including, but not limited to):
Taste and smell wine and juice critically.
Perform additions to wine and must.
Receive and process fruit, sorting, pressing, etc.
Perform manual punch downs, pump-overs.
Monitor brix and temperature as needed.
Rack juice, and wine.
Fill, top, and stir barrels.
Dig out red wine tanks.
Operate crusher/destemmer, press, conveyor, and pump.
General cleaning and sanitization of winery and winery equipment.
Forklift operation.
Other duties as needed.

Laboratory Duties:
Run lab tests such as pH, TA, FSO2, Malic, YAN, VA, and GLU/FRU.
Document of analyses and additions neatly and accurately.
Keep track of lab inventory, prepare reagents, calibrate and maintain lab equipment.
Keeping the laboratory environment organized, safe, and tidy.
Keep track of maturity parameters by analyzing grapes and juice.
Play some good tunes!

Desired Qualifications/Abilities:
Cellar/Laboratory experience and/or winemaking and viticulture education.
Ability to perform the physical demands of cellar work—ability to lift up to 70 lbs and carry/walk with up to 50 lbs.
Bending, stooping, and climbing.
Ability to work long hours/weekends in a fast-paced, physically and mentally demanding workplace.
Passion for wine and winemaking, and a strong desire to develop one’s knowledge and palate.
Valid Driver’s License required.
Must be 21 years of age or older.

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Thursday, June 10th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Job Level:
Salary Information:
17-21 DOE

Contact Information:

Thumbprint Cellars
Will Gondak - Associate Winemaker