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Harvest Interns

Dry Creek Vineyard

Healdsburg, CA

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Job Description:

Dry Creek Vineyard is a leading family-owned winery in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, California. Beginning with the first vintage in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard produces acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel, and red Bordeaux-style blends. Our winery has substantial holdings of estate vineyards using rare clones such as Sauvignon Gris 917, Sauvignon Blanc 21, Cabernet Franc 11, Malbec 9, and Petite Sirah 4.1 and 6.1. We are a leader in utilizing alternative barrel wood sources, such as Acacia, Chestnut, and others. This is an opportunity to work with Top 100 winemakers at an industry leader in Sonoma County and beyond. We have a great team with lots of knowledge to share.

We are seeking candidates for Harvest Intern positions to join our winemaking team. The harvest season typically runs from early-mid August into late November. There are opportunities for these positions to begin earlier to assist with pre-harvest bottling and cellar work to those available immediately. We may be able to offer housing to those from outside the area, and possible shared use of a vehicle for the interns.

Wine quality is of the utmost importance. Qualified candidates must possess a strong work ethic, great attention to detail, and a positive attitude. Seasonal Winery Workers will be responsible for all aspects of cellar work including cleaning, sanitation, crush pad operations, cap management (pumpovers/punchdowns), fermentation monitoring, additions, rackings, barrel work, shoveling out red tanks for pressing, bottling line work, etc. A significant amount of time will be dedicated to cleaning and sanitation. There will also be opportunities to visit and sample vineyards during harvest.

This is a physically demanding position that may require long hours and little time off, depending on the pace of the season.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Qualifications & Skills:

•  Previous winery production & harvest experience preferred but but not required.
•  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.

About us:

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 49 years of winemaking 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 of 2015 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.

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Thursday, June 23rd
Type of Work:
Harvest Help
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