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Vintage Cellar Hand

CheckMate Winery

Oliver, BC   Canada

Job Description:

Vintage Cellar Hand – Oliver, BC, Canada.
Position Dates: August 2019 - December 2019
Salary: $17/hour with subsidized accommodation

CheckMate Winery seeks Vintage Cellarhands to assist with all aspects of the winemaking process in a modern artisanal winemaking facility.

Candidates should:
(a) have or be undertaking a Bachelor’s Degree in Enology &/or Viticulture; or
(b) have at least 2 years of experience in production winemaking.

Experience with traditional, artisanal and modern winemaking techniques would be beneficial, as would knowledge of the applicable cellar procedures in a gravity fed winery.

Applicants must have experience performing the following tasks:
•  Ferment management (temperature control, inoculation, cap management, monitoring nutrient status, punch downs and pump overs);
•  Identifying and reducing potential microbial issues – grapes, must, and bulk wine
•  Cellar experience - grape processing, fermentations, pressings, racking, transfers, blending, topping, wine aging, wine treatments, bottling, barrel maintenance and sanitation;
•  Operating pneumatic presses, destemmers, punch down systems, pump over systems, barrel washers, ozone machines, pumps, heating & cooling systems, solenoids, control stats, draining and pressing by gravity, gravity wine movements;
•  Fruit processing of Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietals;
•  Valid driver’s license;
•  Passion for making the highest quality artisanal wines – Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir;
•  Forklift driving (fruit processing, loading/unloading flatbed trucks and barrel stacking).

The following experience would be beneficial (but not essential):
•  Lab experience;
•  Data-input and winemaker database experience;
•  Vineyard sampling experience.

To apply, please send your resume directly to Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Tuesday, February 26th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Salary Information:


Contact Information
CheckMate Winery