Dry Creek Vineyard is currently seeking a regular full-time cellar worker to join our production team. The position is non-exempt hourly with full-time benefits.
This position offers the opportunity to work at an iconic leader in the wine industry that is pioneering the use of new and unusual clones, innovative and custom barrel compositions, and the exploration of sub-appellations within the Dry Creek Valley AVA. A recent highlight in a long string of critical accolades for our family winery was the inclusion of our Heritage Vines Zinfandel in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of 2019. Wine quality is of the utmost importance and we operate with a “no compromises” philosophy. Qualified candidates must possess a strong work ethic, great attention to detail, and a positive attitude.
This position will perform a wide variety of tasks in the cellar as follows:
• Performs all aspects of cellar work, including but not limited to cleaning, sanitation, additions, wine transfers, racking, barrel work, and bottling line work as needed.
• Operates and maintains cellar and harvest equipment.
• Cleans and sanitizes all cellar and bottling equipment; maintains knowledge of all wine pumps and harvest equipment and how they work.
• May also perform: wine movements such as racking and transfers; barrel stacking, washing, and maintenance; tank sanitation and preparation, forklift operation; cleaning and maintenance of cellar; purging and gassing of tanks; stirring and topping of wines.
• May rotate between the following on the bottling line: glass dumping station, filler station, stacking station, and bottling line clean-up.
• Performs other duties as assigned by manager.
• Previous winery production and harvest experience.
• Strong work ethic, great attention to detail, and a positive attitude.
• Strong organizational skills; ability to manage changing priorities and workflow
• Passion for winemaking and desire to learn winemaking operations and their effect on wine quality and style.
• Ability to work while bending, twisting, squatting, pushing, pulling, reaching overhead, or kneeling for 2 to 3 hours continuously, and up to 12 hours per day.
• Basic math, reading, and writing skills.
• Ability to lift 50 pounds.
• Ability to learn forklift operation.
Established in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard is Dry Creek Valley’s flagship winery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California. As the region’s first new winery following Prohibition, founder David Stare paved the way for a viticultural rebirth in this vibrant winegrowing appellation. Among other industry benchmarks, Dry Creek Vineyard is recognized as the first winery to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Dry Creek Valley. A pioneer of Bordeaux-style blending, the winery was also the first to use the term Meritage with the 1985 vintage and the first to coin the term “Old Vine” to describe pre-Prohibition era Zinfandel vineyards.
This premier, family-owned winery is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is led by the second generation. Dave’s daughter, Kim Stare Wallace, serves as President overseeing a successful family winemaking and grape growing business that includes 185 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards. Named one of the Top 100 Wineries by Wine & Spirits Magazine and a Top 10 Tasting Room by USA TODAY, the winery is also 100% Certified Sustainable. Dry Creek Vineyard proudly produces delicious Dry Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage blends, as well as a portfolio of single vineyard selections.