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Harvest Winemaking Intern

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.

Requirements

  • 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).

Must have:

  • 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

Willamette Valley Vineyards - Turner Estate

8800 Enchanted Way SE, Turner, OR 97392
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