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Assistant Winemaker

Frind Estate Winery

west kelowna, BC   Canada

Assistant Winemaker

Job Description:

Frind Estate Winery (opening soon) will be a quintessential stop on any wine tour of the Okanagan Valley. It boasts a breathtaking lakefront location situated on the historic Bennett Property in West Kelowna. The lakefront setting, undoubtedly, adds an extra layer of grandeur and will make Frind Estate Winery a novelty amongst other iconic wineries situated nearby.

This position oversees day-to-day winery operations with an emphasis on wine quality, work planning, safety, sanitation, data management, and facility/equipment maintenance. Additional responsibilities include training and oversight of cellar employees and up-keep of various winemaking records, safety records/reporting, organic reporting forms and spreadsheets.


•  Participates in wine tasting to evaluate and make recommendations to improve wine quality.
•  Provides technical support to implement daily short-term wine work plans.
•  Participates in issue resolution surrounding logistical, quality and labour limitations.
•  Ensures daily production plans and quality parameters are met.
•  Manages wine process operations as assigned including but not limited to: management of wine temperature, sulfur dioxide and barrels.
•  Supports winegrowing, winemaking, brand winemaking and wine processing operations.
•  conducts fining and blending trials and oversees winemaking/wine processing trials and experiments as directed and reports results to Winemaker.
•  Participates in the grape receiving process and wine production operations during harvest.
•  Writes and reconciles winemaking work orders as necessary.
•  Executes special projects and other assignments related to production winemaking.
•  Contributes to continuous improvement of winemaking processes and procedures.
•  Executes Brand spokesperson duties as required.
•  Trains and mentors lab technicians and interns.
•  Maintains satisfactory attendance, to include timeliness.
•  Responsible for understanding and complying with applicable quality, environmental and safety regulatory considerations.
•  accountable for the work of others, responsible for ensuring their understanding and compliance.
•  This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Day-to-day (winemaking)
•  Track all lots for winemaking recommendations, specialized considerations for wine work and analyses requests. Up-hold and refine winemaking, cellar, sanitation and lab procedures.
•  Write work orders and oversee all harvest, bottling, and cellar activities. Daily, weekly and yearly work planning and ensures work is completed at a high level of quality and in a timely, organized and efficient manner.
•  Coordinate winery safety program and Inventory and quality control of all bottling supplies.
•  Review monthly samples of wine to ensure wines are aging appropriately, act to mitigate any spoilage
•  With Winemaker, taste and blend lots to achieve appropriate stylistic and cost goals across all tiers and product lines
•  Work with Winemaker to plan aging and processing steps required to meet bottling and shipping deadlines
•  Ensure wines are treated appropriately to maintain compliance with label requirements (single vineyard status, varietal, vintage, appellation, var/app, and analysis thresholds)
•  Responsible for ensuring the daily cellar tasks align with production and bottling goals, and that cellar tasks are prioritized appropriately
•  Responsible for creating monthly top/so2 work-orders

•  Work with winemaker and contractors to prioritize the repair of cellar equipment

•  Oversee dry goods inventories and coordinate the re-order of these as needed

•  Responsible for cellar cleanliness

•  Create lot codes for barrels and wine additives, work with Oenologist to maintain accurate inventory of barrels and wine additives
•  In conjunction with the Winemaker, write organic cellar standard operating procedures as needed, and train cellar staff to maintain cellar worker skill sets
•  Establish cellar metrics to measure the productivity of cellar operations, and determine opportunities to increase productivity

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: including educational and physical requirements:

•  Bachelor of Science Degree (Enology degree preferred) with at least 5 years of experience including lab, cellar and management experience.
•  Passion for wine and commitment to excellence and high standards.
•  Ability to make educated, timely and sound winemaking decisions. Detail oriented, takes initiative and comfortable delegating tasks.
•  Very strong organizing, planning, supervising, and problem solving skills. Able to multitask and manage changing priorities while maintaining a positive attitude.
•  Excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills. Strong computer background with proficiency in Microsoft Office.

•  Valid driver’s license and ability to drive a car.

•  Excellent forklift skills.

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Friday, May 24th
Type of Work:
Full Time