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Harvest Internship in the Napa Valley

Pestoni Family Estate Winery

St. Helena, CA

Job Description:

Pestoni Family Estate Winery is an ultra-premium, boutique winery located in the Rutherford Appellation of Napa Valley. The Pestoni Family has been crafting single vineyard wines from Napa Valley’s most celebrated appellations for five generations. Through organic farming practices and low intervention winemaking, we focus on creating fresh and powerful wines that reflect a true sense of place.

We are seeking a creative, humorous, and hardworking intern for our 2024 harvest team. We have estate vineyards in Rutherford, Howell Mountain, and Lake County specializing in red and white Bordeaux varieties, as well as Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Barbera, and Zinfandel. We are a small team, so you will be exposed to all aspects of harvest and get a very well-rounded experience. This is an incredible opportunity to work with some of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley. You will also get the chance to work directly with Aaron Pott, one of the leading winemakers in the industry and one of the funniest people you will ever meet. Harvest is a fun and exciting time of year, but the days can be long and tiring, so you will have to be up to the challenge. The work is very physical, but incredibly rewarding. It’s hands on, requires the use of all five senses, and is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the art of winemaking.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

•  Cleaning and sanitation
•  Grape receiving, sorting, processing
•  Inoculations and additions
•  Cap Management - punch downs, pump-overs
•  Fermentation Monitoring
•  Barrel work
•  Digging tanks
•  Operation of harvest equipment
•  Wine/must movements
•  Vineyard sampling

•  Prior harvest experience is great, but not required
•  Reliability and a strong work ethic
•  Enthusiasm for wine
•  Positive attitude and good communication skills
•  Ability to climb ladders and stairs
•  Ability to perform the physical labor necessary
•  Desire to comply with any and all safety requirements
•  Organized and detail-oriented, with strong multi-tasking and time management skills.
•  Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
•  Fluent in English or as a second language
•  Reliable transportation and housing
•  Legal to work in US, or able to take care of your visa yourself

Harvest is generally from mid-August to the end of October, but each year is dictated by Mother Nature. Expect to work 6 days per week and 10 hours per day during the peak of harvest. Despite long days and weekend work, we strive to make harvest an enjoyable and educational opportunity. Pay is $22/hour plus overtime.

Please respond with a resume and cover letter by clicking the “apply for this job” link. No phone calls, please

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Wednesday, June 19th
Type of Work:
Harvest Help
Job Level:
$‌2‌2.OO ‍−‌ $24.OO

Contact Information:

Pestoni Family Estate Winery