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Harvest Sugar Sampler (Mendocino County)

Bonterra Organic Estates (former Fetzer Vineyards)

Remote > Hopland, CA

Job Description:

Great Brands – Bigger Purpose

As a Certified B Corporation, Bonterra Organic Estates (formerly Fetzer Vineyards) is grounded in the transformational goals of regenerative business. Since our founding in 1968, we have been driven by excellence, innovation and longstanding commitments to the environment and responsible business practices. Part of global powerhouse Viña Concha y Toro, Bonterra Organic Estates is focused on crafting wines made from organic and Regenerative Organic Certified® grapes from our facility in Mendocino County, California, including category leader Bonterra (named the 2016 Wine Enthusiast American Winery of the Year); sustainability standout Fetzer; and 1000 Stories, California's original Bourbon barrel-aged wine. We are also the nation’s leading importer of South American wines.

During the Harvest season, we are looking to hire a Harvest Sugar Sampler for the North Coast (Mendocino and Lake counties). This is a great role for those looking to gain harvest experience in the wine industry or those seeking an interim role that affords the opportunity to visit gorgeous vineyards and outdoor vistas throughout the North Coast. You may also have the opportunity to sample grapes within our internal ranches located in the Hopland and Ukiah areas where all our vineyards in Mendocino County are Regenerative Organic Certified®.

In this role, you will be responsible for collecting field data including cluster counts, weights and general phenological data as well as performing field sugar testing of grapes for approximately 8 -12 weeks. The Vit Tech will have the opportunity to work with the entire grower relations team as well as winemakers.

This seasonal position lasts through Harvest with an estimated duration of early/mid-August to mid-October 2024.

Hopland based position:The North Coast focused role will begin with a schedule of about 4-6 hours a day two to three days a week and expand during Harvest as the person supports sampling at both Bonterra Organic Estates’ internal vineyards as well as third party growers. Depending on need, we can be flexible with scheduling as the season progresses such as four days, approximately 4 hours a day or three days, 6-8 hours a day.

Most work occurs Monday – Friday with the possible addition of Saturday during peak harvest season.

The ideal start time would be sunrise/early morning while cool. The company provides mileage reimbursement for business related travel while in the field.

•  Collect cluster counts and weights
•  Monitor and undertake sugar sampling (brix samples) of grapes in designated areas of the vineyards in a timely and accurate manner
•  Record and report results to grower relations team/supervisor on a daily basis
•  Record and track time and mileage for payroll
•  Assist with vineyard monitoring and related tasks such as doing crop estimates, observing grape ripeness charac-teristics and record keeping of sugar sampling results

•  Ability to communicate in a professional and effective manner with people in the organization as well as our grow-er community
•  Must provide own vehicle that is capable of driving on dirt roads and uneven terrain
•  Valid Driver’s License and auto insurance required
•  Requires rigorous walking and physical work in vineyards with steep and/or uneven terrain
•  May require work in extreme weather such as heat for extended periods
•  Willingness to travel within the counties
•  Early morning hours and some Saturday work required
•  Self-directed with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
•  Detail oriented with excellent record keeping skills
•  Some data entry and computer work required
•  Must adapt easily to daily changes in schedules, plans and priorities
•  Professional attitude and proper representation of the Company with growers and the public
•  Teamwork with internal and external contacts
•  Ability to read and follow a map
•  During busy periods, effort will be made to provide employees with adequate advance notice should overtime be-come necessary. All overtime work must have the prior authorization of the employee’s supervisor before it is performed

•  Viticulture knowledge, a plus (but not required)
•  A passion for or interest in agriculture
•  Appreciation for an outdoor work environment

Physical Requirements

Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. as needed; ability to drive motor vehicles to assigned ranches, work locations and offices; able to work in all weather conditions including but not limited to heat, cold, wet and windy. Ability to walk and perform physical work in vineyards with steep and/or uneven terrain, mud, dust and soft soil. Ability to climb, crawl, squat, kneel, and bend. Sitting, hand/finger dexterity, and working at computer or in an office or shop setting required.

Compensation Pay Rate: $19 - $22 per hour. Actual salaries will vary and are based on a candidate’s relevant education, qualifications, experience, skillset, competencies, internal equity, location and alignment with market data.

About Bonterra Organic Estates

Part of the Viña Concha y Toro family of wineries since 2011, our California winery operation includes Mendocino County winery, production and approximately 830 acres of vineyard locations. The company employs nearly 230 across the United States.


Requires successful completion of criminal background, DMV check and 4-panel drug screen (includes amphetamines, cocaine, opiates and phencyclidine). AA/EOE/M/F/D/V You will be required to submit verification of your citizenship or legal right to work in the US at time of employment offer

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Friday, June 14th
Type of Work:
Harvest Help
Job Category:
Job Level:
Entry Level
$19.OO ‍−‌ $22.OO Mileage reimbursement in field
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