The position of Winemaker is responsible for all day-to-day winemaking activities, ensuring the highest quality, image, and productivity in support of the winery's strategic goals and the wine brands crafted there. This is a position that will work closely with other departments (Lab, Maintenance, Cellar, Vineyards) as well as sister CBI Operations wineries to meet the winemaking needs across multiple brands.
Under the direction of the Director of Winemaking:
Help plan and execute all relevant winemaking production activities
Attend and participate in all winery tastings providing productive input and discussion
Monitor cellar activities and work progress to ensure best practices and quality standards are met.
Create work order requests, and help prioritize activities, and schedule daily, weekly, and monthly work.
Review bulk wines for suitability as blending components
Monitor and maintain bulk wines in storage.
Taste and blend wine lots to achieve appropriate stylistic and cost goals across all tiers.
Create trial blends and fining trials to evaluate appropriate course of treatment across all tiers.
Help to manage the logistics of aging, blending, and finishing of wines.
Ensure appropriate record keeping for legal compliance with Federal and State regulations
Ensure compliance with TTB regulations related to all winemaking activities.
Work with outside facilities to coordinate winemaking activities.
Adhere to safety programs and policies to safeguard personal safety, company property, environmental and team member's safety.
Evaluate wines for quality and style to create blends that maintain wine style and quality targets.
Taste fermentation tanks daily during harvest to assess health of fermentation.
Assess fruit development in vineyard to determine harvest dates and assist with creating the weekly grape picking schedule.
Track multiple fermentation lots during harvest and direct related winemaking activities.
May hire, organize, train and manage direct reports.
May handle public relations including tastings, tours and continual education.
B.S. Degree in Enology, Fermentation Science, Food Science, (micro) Biology, Chemistry or related field
5+ years' experience in winemaking
Wine sensory knowledge
In-depth understanding of major aspects of Cellar, Lab, Bottling and Vineyard Operations, including impact of results
Intermediate knowledge of winemaking techniques and best viticultural practices
Thorough knowledge of local, state and federal government regulations, specifically TTB and state regulations on alcoholic beverage production, distribution and packaging
Computer proficient in Excel (intermediate to advanced), Access, Word and PowerPoint
Good organizational, planning, and presentation skills
Clear commitment to high quality and attention to details
Able to work independently with minimum supervision
1+ year of supervisory experience
Able to organoleptically evaluate wines and spirits
Wine Management Data Base, JDE, AgCode system experience, and Vintrace winery software
Must be at least 21 years of age. Must be able to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time. Work on a computer for lengthy periods of time. Lifting may be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Works in warm/cold climates
Works in high places
Works on wet surfaces
Is exposed to loud noise, fumes, and/or toxic chemicals
Works near moving, mechanical parts and lift truck traffic
Must be able to move up to 55 lbs.
Primary office environment may be warehouse distribution setting
Job TypeFull time
Job AreaViticulture & Winemaking
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