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2024 Harvest Cellar Hand

Dehlinger Winery

Sebastopol, CA

Job Description:

Dehlinger is a small, family run winery that has been in operation since 1975. Our wines have a reputation that outstrips our physical size. We focus on producing the highest quality Estate grown Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from the Dehlinger Ranch in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley.

We are seeking a highly motivated Harvest Cellar Hand to join our staff for the 2024 harvest season.

Harvest experience at Dehlinger is very rewarding and offers the opportunity to work closely with the winemaking team in a quality-focused, intellectual environment.

Our Harvest Cellar Hands can expect training and experience in the following (but are not limited to):
•  Pre-harvest preparations
•  Grape maturity sampling
•  Fruit processing: including destemmer and press operation
•  Inoculations using various yeast strains
•  Fermentation monitoring and record keeping
•  Cap management: punchdowns & pumpovers
•  Tank and equipment sanitation
•  Barrel work
•  Forklift and scissor lift operation
•  Bottling assistance

The preferred start date is Monday August 5th 2024. The projected end date is sometime between the end of October and early November. The actual end date is dependent on the season.

During the peak harvest period which is usually the months of September and October, our Harvest Cellar Hands will be expected to work 5 or 6 days a week. During the non-peak periods our Harvest Cellar Hands are expected to work 4 or 5 days per week. This is dependent on the season.

Compensation is $20 per hour with overtime based on California law.

We can also provide shared rental housing that is walking distance from the winery for $800 per month if desired. Utilities included.

Because we have a small staff, our Harvest Cellar Hands must be dependable, adaptable and be able to commit to the harvest period and not drop out prior to or during harvest.

Ideal qualifications:
•  Passion for wine and a desire to have a career in the wine industry
•  Coursework in Viticulture and/or Enology
•  Previous wine industry experience
•  Strong work ethic and a positive attitude
•  Ability to work long and variable hours on a flexible schedule. Reliable and punctual
•  Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks, such as lifting up to 50 pounds, repetitive movements, bending down, and ascend/descend ladders
•  Ability to lawfully work in the USA.


1. Cover letter with the following:
•  Tell us about yourself and your past and present wine experience.
•  Let us know what you can contribute to our team and what you would hope to get out of a harvest experience with Dehlinger.
•  Include the dates you are available to work.
•  Let us know if you are interested in the rental housing.

2. Resume

Please send both items requested above to: with the email subject line ‘Harvest Cellar Hand’.

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Monday, June 10th
Type of Work:
Harvest Help
Job Level:

Contact Information:

Dehlinger Winery
Matt Standing