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Associate Winemaker - Certified Sustainable Winery

San Simeon Winery of Riboli Family Wines

Paso Robles, CA

Job Description:

Associate Winemaker

San Simeon of Riboli Family Wines is currently seeking an experienced Associate Winemaker for our new facility in the Willow Creek District in Paso Robles, CA.

About San Simeon:

As the flagship wine of the Riboli Family, one of California’s oldest winemaking families, San Simeon wines are the product of generations of experience and passion. Our portfolio is 100% estate-grown from certified sustainable vineyards and vinified in our certified sustainable winery.

San Simeon Wines are sustainable from ground to glass, continuously maintaining rigorous certification expectations to meet sustainability requirements from California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance for the family’s estate vineyards in Monterey and Paso Robles and their state-of-the-art Paso Robles winemaking facility.

The Riboli Family is recognized as stewards of the land due to their commitment to quality and sustainability as they have been for generations. San Simeon wines are a priority within the global fine wine portfolio the Riboli Family has curated. As such, the best lots of each vineyard are hand-selected for San Simeon wines, representing the pinnacle of “vineyard-to-bottle winemaking”

About the Position:


•  Help to create, organize, and carry out all winemaking protocols to be used from harvest through bottling for all wines.
•  Maintain a safe, clean, and organized production area and lab.
•  Input and maintain all inventories and wine movements for accurate record-keeping and government filing.
•  Perform chemical analysis on wine using in-house laboratory equipment.
•  Generate, manage, and interpret laboratory analysis.
•  Maintain winery equipment and ensure all maintenance schedules are followed.
•  Lead hiring of seasonal employees.
•  Manage and train cellar staff, including seasonal harvest employees.
•  Operate all crush and winery equipment including forklift.
•  Perform all general production tasks including but not limited to sulfur additions, topping, racking, transfers, and barrel and tank cleaning and sanitation.
•  Perform all harvest tasks including but not limited to grape sorting, grape processing, inoculations, pump overs, punch downs, and drain and press.
•  Organize and prepare for, execute, and supervise bottling.
•  Prepare, participate, and provide feedback during blending and other wine tastings.
•  Assist in creation of tasting/production notes for wine technical sheets and marketing materials.
•  Assist with guided tours, private tastings, and special events.
•  Educate tasting room employees on winemaking practices used.
•  Represent winery at wine related functions.


•  Willingness to and desire to learn all aspects of ultra-premium winemaking.
•  High attention to detail in all cellar and winemaking practices.
•  High level of proficiency in safely operating a forklift in tight spaces.
•  Excellent communication skills.
•  Ability to multi-task and to be flexible with time management.
•  Good observational skills.
•  Proficiency in use of winery management software (Vintrace, Winemaker Database), MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint.
•  Team member who builds culture of equity, sustainability, safety & quality.
•  Positively influence culture that promotes team and supports winemaking and research initiatives.

Education & Experience:

• Enology, Winemaking, or related field.
•  +3 years of relevant winemaking experience.
•  Valid CA driver's license and clean driving record.
•  Lift 50 pounds and climb ladders and stairs.
•  Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
•  Extended hours are required during peak times of year, often occurring in a cold and wet environment.

Compensation & Benefits:

•  $75,000-$85,000 Annual Salary DOE plus potential bonuses.
•  Company sponsored insurance including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Accident, and Critical Illness options.
•  401k Retirement Plan with Matching and Profit-Sharing Components
•  Paid Vacation and Sick Time
•  Paid Holidays
•  Paid Paternity Leave (see company policy)
•  Educational Financial Assistance (see company policy)
•  Employee Discounts!!

At Riboli Family Wines, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to an environment of mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristic protected by law.

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Monday, February 5th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Job Category:
Job Level:
$75,OOO.OO ‍−‌ $‌8‍5,OOO.OO DOE Plus Potential Bonuses

Contact Information:

San Simeon Winery of Riboli Family Wines
Jennifer Crosbie