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2022 Winemaking Intern

Santa Rosa, CA

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Job Description:

2022 Winemaking Internship

We are a small producer based in Santa Rosa making premium wines from Chardonnay and Rhone Whites to Pinot Noir, Cab and Rhone Reds with a focus on Syrah. We offer a complete harvest experience from the vineyards to the cellar and lab. Team members will have the opportunity to visit and work in some of the 20+ vineyards we source from throughout the county. We will spend the majority of our time in the winery which is fully equipped to make the most of the great grapes we receive. Cellar tasks will include barrel work, sanitizing of equipment and bins, monitoring fermentation progress, pumping, punchdowns, pumpovers, fruit sorting, sample processing and anything else involved in turning grapes into wine at a premium level.

Work days will begin at 8 hours and can be as long as 14 hours once the fruit starts rolling in. On average we will typically work 10 to 11 hours a day during the harvest and we strive to provide one day off per week for everybody. The position starts early August and can continue into November depending on the weather. Lunch is provided on days we receive fruit and there is always a healthy supply of snacks to keep everybody satiated. In addition to this we have an espresso machine that is available for use and stocked with beans.

We offer a true internship with the goal of teaching and sharing knowledge and techniques of winemaking and grape growing for people who desire to continue in this field. This is a position that extends beyond the cellar, into the vineyards as well as lab work for somebody with the experience and or aptitude and desire to learn. We work hard, we work professionally, but we like to have fun and enjoy what we are doing. There will be good music, family style lunches, wine tastings, and cold beer at the end of the day. We like to foster an environment of camaraderie, opportunities to learn and ask questions and a launchpad for your next endeavor in the industry.

Job Requirements:
•  High school graduate or equivalent
•  Must be available to work from August through November (no vacations, this is harvest)
•  Have reliable transport
•  Must be able to lift up to 50lbs
•  Must be able to climb stairs, stoop, bend, and lift.
•  Must be able to stand or sit for extended periods of time.
•  Be eligible to work legally in the US
•  Ability to read, write, speak and understand English

Additional Traits we look for include:
•  Previous experience is a big plus but not required
•  Enthusiasm and curiosity
•  Sense of humor
•  A team player
•  Strong work ethic

Compensation DOE, $18 to $22/hour

Please email resume and a cover letter to cspradling@donelanwines.com

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Monday, June 6th
Type of Work:
Harvest Help
Job Level:
Internship/Seasonal
Salary Information:
$18 to $22