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Cellar Internship

Heitz Cellar

Saint Helena, CA

Job Description:

Company Overview

Heitz Cellar was established in 1961, a time when there were few wineries in the Napa Valley. Today, Heitz Cellar is known for producing iconic single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Martha’s Vineyard in Oakville, Trailside Vineyard in Rutherford, and Linda Falls Vineyard atop Howell Mountain. As a leader in organic and biodynamic farming, Heitz Cellar continues its legacy as a family-owned enterprise of Lawrence Wine Estates, along with its sister wineries; Brendel, Burgess, Haynes Vineyard, Ink Grade, and Stony Hill. Heitz Cellar offers an illustrious portfolio of prestigious Napa Valley varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.
The winery, located in St. Helena, CA off the famed Silverado Trail, features a state-of-the-art enological laboratory, a historic stone cellar built in 1898, primarily French oak casks and tanks for aging and an onsite bottling line. We foster a professional, team-oriented culture focusing on quality and safety in all our efforts. We are a small team of highly trained and innovative colleagues who thrive in a supportive and nurturing culture. Crafting world class wines is our passion, and we welcome you to join us in this.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

I. Safety
1. Follows winery, department, and legally mandated safety policies and procedures.
2. Maintains a clean and orderly work space and environment
3. Familiar with the content and emergency response procedures contained in all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
4. Assures proper training in the safe and proper use of all equipment assigned for operation.
5. Makes certain all equipment is operating in a safe manner and brings malfunctioning equipment to the attention of their supervisor immediately

III. Laboratory Work
1. Analyzes wine for Brix and temperature when performing pump overs and records information accurately.

IV. Cellar Operations
1. Assists with all routine cellar operations including, but not limited to:
a. Racking and transfers
b. Topping
c. Filtration
d. Tank and equipment sanitation procedures
e. Sampling wine from tanks or barrels
2. Assists pack, dump glass, or load pallets if bottling operations are being performed
3. Assists with all crush operations including, but not limited to:
a. Fruit intake and processing
b. Juice racking
c. Pump overs
d. Inoculations
e. Pressing
f. Additions
4. Follows example set by Cellar Master and senior cellar employees regarding winery performance standards.


•  Interested in learning more about premium winemaking and has an enthusiastic outlook on learning by doing
•  Some knowledge of wine equipment, techniques, and processes a plus
•  Dedication to confidentiality, professionalism, and maturity
•  Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
•  Strong attention to detail
•  Ability to prioritize and manage multiple assigned tasks
•  Ability to deal effectively with a diversity of individuals at all organizational levels
•  Ability to work well with a diverse population and with all levels of management
•  Creative, flexible, and innovative team player
•  Ability to work a flexible schedule with extended hours during busy harvest season
•  Clean driving record
•  Must be able to read, write and speak English proficiently.
•  Ability to drive a forklift and become forklift certified
•  Clean driving record and valid driver’s license
•  Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions and take direction
•  Good written and verbal communication skills
•  Ability to understand and perform basic math and basic measurements
•  Ability to work in small confined spaces and high places
•  Ability to work extended shifts

Physical and Mental Requirements

•  Full body mobility: Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hand tools, reach and raise hands above the head, climb stairs, kneel or crouch, talk, hear, and accurately taste and smell
•  Able to lift up to 60 lbs
•  Hearing ability adequate to effectively communicate with co-workers and customers
•  Ability to work in dynamic range of temperatures and weather conditions
•  Able to work in and out doors
•  Can sustain extended periods of standing or walking on concrete floors
•  Able to work irregular and variable hours and days
•  Able to safely and effectively wear all require personal protective equipment.
•  Capable of safely and effectively operating a forklift

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Tuesday, June 18th
Type of Work:
Harvest Help
Job Level: