Job Status: Filled

Assistant Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Management & Administration)

Full Time

  CedarCreek Estate Winery

  Kelowna, B.C., British Columbia

Assistant Winemaker

CedarCreek Estate Winery

Kelowna, British Columbia


CedarCreek Estate Winery is one of the first 8 pioneering wineries of BC and released its first wines in 1987. Today, we look proudly towards the future to further promote our region. With four generations of agricultural heritage and more than a quarter century of experience, we have pursued perfection and produced some of the valley's best wines. CedarCreek has twice been awarded winery of the year, and has recently been awarded ‘Best Red Wine’ and ‘Best White Wine’ in Canada by Decanter Magazine.

CedarCreek sources fruit from estate vineyards between Kelowna and Osoyoos, with production split approximately half between white and half red, and half northern and half southern fruit.  We have the capability to sort to individual berries, and we ferment in concrete, stainless, and oak, with one of the largest barrel programs in the valley. We use techniques such as whole bunch press, skin contact, extended maceration, and spontaneous fermentation and malolactic fermentation to help build personality into our wines across the spectrum.

We are focused on crafting distinctive wines which represent individual parcels from our own vineyards which we have identified as unique and having great potential. Our entire upper range are single vineyard or single block wines, allowing us to focus directly on expressing terroir across varieties and properties.

CedarCreek Estate Winery is now actively recruiting for an Assistant Winemaker.

Role Overview:

To contribute as a member of a winemaking team dedicated to producing world-class wines and providing the finest and most intimate estate winery experience. Participates in the execution of all winemaking activities at the CedarCreek Estate Winery related to the production of our VQA - British Columbia wine portfolio. 


Core Responsibilities:

·         Communicate with the Winemaker with regard to all aspects of production, focusing on the practical as well as abstract aspects of winemaking, and bring new ideas and viewpoints to focus

·         Monitor the progress of the wine and apply the appropriate handling and processing techniques required to produce premium quality wine

·         Take a key role in the blending of finished wines

·         Coordinate bottling line operation as required; organizing bottling materials, equipment maintenance, labour requirements, finished goods shipping, production records and any other related details

·         Assist the Winemaker with vineyard sampling, grower communication, and style direction in vineyard

·         Hire, train and supervise seasonal crush crew in all duties pertinent to their positions

·         In consultation with the winemaker, contribute to overall style and quality of CedarCreek wines through constant input and evaluation

·         The Assistant Winemaker is expected to be competent in executing required laboratory analyses, including:  grape juice analysis (Brix, pH, TA) and on-going production checks / pre-bottling analysis (alcohol, pH, TA, RS, VA, free and total SO2, CO2, malic acid, protein stability, and cold stability)

·         Responsible to for the education, motivation and supervision of the permanent and casual production staff, including Cellar Master, Cellar Hand and harvest staff


Core Requirements:

·         University degree in an Oenology/Winemaking or applicable Science Related Field

·         Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a quality-focused Winemaking environment, with year-round cellar experience

·         Minimum of 4 harvests experience, with at least one international harvest

·         A passion for wine is essential, along with a basic knowledge of wine styles, regions, etc. and desire to further advance knowledge

·         Must be eligible to work in Canada

·         Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position


The successful candidate will be a respectful and diplomatic individual with the ability to work with a strong sense of urgency in a fast paced, dynamic environment.

Please submit your application online at





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