Cellar Hand - Harvest Contract (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )


  Big Head Wines (http://www.bigheadwines.ca)

  823 Line 6 Road, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Who We Are: 

We have been making wine in the area for over twenty years. This is the first winery from Andrzej Lipinski and his family. Started in 2011 with 3 barrels of Chenin Blanc, Big Head grew in reputation, size and breadth to a 20,000-case production and a 42-wine portfolio. Our focus is on unique grape varieties, ambient fermentation, and using techniques to push the limit on flavour profile and intensity. We are known for appassimento and whole-cluster techniques. The goal is always unlocking the full potential of the vintage and fruit while maintaining balance. Our RAW line was launched in 2016 and focuses on a pure expression of the fruit, using only ambient fermentation, and concrete maturation, and the wines are bottled unfiltered. We source only the best fruit from the Niagara Region, working closely with growers who share our attention to detail and pursuit of the highest quality.

Purpose of Role:

  • The role of Cellar Hand works closely with and reports directly to Andrzej Lipinski, Owner & Winemaker, the Assistant Winemaker, and Cellar Master. 
  • The Cellar Hand is a driven and independent individual, who participates in all day-to-day operations of the cellar, including harvest, bulk wine, bottling, barrel preparation, sanitation, and organization. 
  • The Cellar Hand participates in grape receiving, crushing, processing, and wine production.
  • The Cellar Hand must have an open availability, and an understanding that hours can be long and at times irregular.

Skills and Responsibilities:

The job duties described below are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by individuals assigned to the role of Cellar Hand. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of this position. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

  • Performing all cellar operations including, but limited to transfers/racking, filtration, barrel work and fermentation management. 
  • Participating in all aspects of winemaking, including, but limited to harvesting, grape receiving, crushing, destemming and pressing.
  • Perform laboratory analysis as needed. 
  • Responsible for sanitation in all areas of cellar operation.
  • Adhering to and upholding all standards set forth by Andrzej and Big Head Wines.


  • Ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds; work on and around ladders, catwalks, uneven flooring, in hot, cold, and wet environments; with typical winery chemical exposure and conditions.
  • Ability to work in a changing environment.
  • Tractor experience an asset.

Hours of Work:


$20.00 / hour.

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