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Harvest Winemaking Intern - Napa

Date: May 19, 2019

Location: Napa, CA, US, 94558

Company: Delicato Family Wines

Position Purpose

Under General Supervision, the Winemaking Intern will assist the production and winemaking staff with harvest-related activities in the cellar.  The Winemaking Intern will also assist in implementing and monitoring winemaking trials and small experimental lots.  In addition, the intern will work closely with the Cellar Master and production team to perform routine duties as directed.      

Functional Responsibility

Essential Duties

  • Receiving and sorting grapes
  • Performing Pump Overs/Punch Downs
  • Assisting with draining/pressing tanks
  • Filling barrels
  • Preparing and completing wine ingredient additions
  • Organizing ingredient inventory
  • Sanitizing winery equipment and facilities
  • Managing data and distribution
  • Performing general quality checks
  • Conducting fermenter Brix/Temp analysis
  • Assisting in managing and monitoring winemaking trials
  • Sampling and Setup for tastings, analysis and winemaking trials

*Other duties may be assigned

Non-Essential Duties

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture, Enology, Chemistry, Biology, Food Science, or other science related field preferred

Previous experience working during harvest preferred (cellar, lab or vineyard)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong reading, writing, communication and mathematical skills
  • Solid winemaking theory, wine sensory, communication/presentation and organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure during harvest with many different people and departments
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work overtime and weekends
  • Team player and able to work with others
  • Must be able to work rapidly and accurately, performing multiple tasks simultaneously

Working Conditions

  • Most activities take place in lab, office or winery environment
  • Must be able to work extended hours during the harvest season and rotating shifts throughout the year
  • In the lead up to harvest, some vineyard visits will be performed where the temperatures may reach 100F

Work Standards

  • Acts in a manner reflective of the Company culture of High Moral Standards, Innovation and Continuous Evolution, Trust in Team, Continuous Improvement, and Sustainable Relationships
  • Communicates, interacts, and works effectively with others; receptive to feedback and coaching; voices concerns in a constructive manner
  • Demonstrates commitment to safety first; communicates safety concerns; promotes a safe work environment based on established safety standards and training
  • Follows all Company policies and procedures

Additional Comments

Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.

Delicato Family Wines offers its temporary employees a generous and comprehensive benefits package.  The core health insurance component includes medical coverage.  In addition you will be eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan with a generous company match, and sick time accrual.


Delicato Family Wines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nearest Major Market: Napa

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