Willamette Valley Vineyards is gearing up for our Harvest season and searching for a Harvest Winemaking Intern to join our hardworking production team. This position will work from August through the end of October. 40+ hours per week.
Position Overview: Assist the Winemaking team. Operate with regard to cost savings without compromising the primary goal of achieving the highest possible wine quality.
*Willamette Valley Vineyards does not provide temporary housing for employees.
*The winery is not served by public transportation, so reliable personal transportation is a must.
Primary Job Responsibilities/Essential Functions
- Fermentation and ML tracking and monitoring including daily tastings and generation of daily pump over schedule and tank and fermentation temperature monitoring.
- Monitoring and at times performing yeast and ML inoculations.
- Working closely with the Assistant Winemaker and Head Winemaker to ensure winemaking protocols are executed precisely with the highest level of quality in mind.
- Act as a liaison between the analytical lab and winemaking.
- Training with winemakers on making press-cuts.
- Weekly inventory management of harvest dry goods, including updates to WM/Cellar.
- Assisting in operating winery equipment (grape processing, presses, pumps, etc.), barrel work, tank, and equipment sanitation, work when necessary, and if time allows.
- Sample-pulling, trial preparation, and tasting the organization as needed.
- Participation in: Berry Sensory Analysis training, Winemaking tastings as appropriate, Daily Winemaking / Grape scheduling meeting.
- Support the company’s effort to create a more sustainable, cross-cultural, and “green” environment.
- Work order creation and data entry.
- Must be working towards or recently completed a degree in Biology, Enology, Chemistry, or related field.
- A minimum of 2 years of winemaking experience or education is desired.
Must be able to:
- Stand for long periods & work in a fast-paced environment.
- Work in a flexible & continually changing environment.
- Tolerate exposure to outside elements (heat, wet and/or damp conditions, cold)
- Perform heavy physical work (lifting, bending, climbing, pulling, or squatting for long periods).
- Work long hours during crush and peak periods (including all shifts).
- A passion for producing high-quality wine especially Pinot Noir
- Knowledge of grape varietals and growing regions are essential.
- Practical knowledge of cellar operations.
- Highly developed, detail-oriented organizational, operational, and time management skills.
- Coursework in Viticulture and Enology strongly suggested, working toward BS or MS in V&E preferred or completed a degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology or enology is preferred,
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member
- Ability to understand and comply with any and all safety requirements
- Positive attitude, eagerness to learn, and willingness to work long hours
- Ability to perform physical labor if necessary, and to lift 50lbs.
- Experience in Microsoft Excel and Word required strong data management skills preferred computer literate (Word, Excel) with excellent reasoning abilities, and outstanding verbal communication skills.
- Must be 21 years of age