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Cellar Tech (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Big Head Wines (

  823 Line 6 Road, Ontario

We are currently recruiting for the position of Cellar Technician. This is an entry-level, full-time position that would commence immediately. This position works closely with and reports directly to the Assistant Winemaker & Cellar Master at Big Head Wines. 


This is an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic cellar environment that brings together the old with the new. You will work with alternative vessels such as terracotta, concrete, and large oak formats, while also working with techniques like appassimento, wild fermentation, and carbonic maceration. You will also learn crossflow filtration, reverse osmosis, and sparkling wine production such as riddling and disgorging.  


The Cellar Tech is involved in countless tasks throughout the course of the winemaking year, with ebbs and flows attributed to seasonal change, and the overall growth trajectory of the organization. The Cellar Tech must have an open availability, and an understanding that during harvest – hours can be long and at times irregular.   

Growth Opportunity: 

You will have the opportunity to learn directly from Andrzej Lipinski who has been crafting wine in Niagara for 20+years. His passion, attention to detail, and strive for perfection are reflected in every glass, and as such, this standard is applied throughout the organization. His winemaking style has evolved over the years to produce some of Ontario’s most unique, sought after, and acclaimed wines. The winemaking team is well established, and this position would be an asset to its continued success. Big Head Wines is growing and as we continue to grow, so too will you.  

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 Tech. 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. 

  • Cleaning tanks, barrels, equipment 
  • Maintaining a safe, clean, and well-organized environment 
  • Providing technical support to the winemaking team  
  • Operating the Cross Flow and Reverse Osmosis machines both on- and off-site 
  • Using various pumps, forklift, Sky Jack and other machinery 
  • Making additions, racking, transfers, and blending  
  • Sparkling production including bottling/tirage, riddling, disgorging and packaging 
  • Grape receiving, sorting, pressing, pump-overs and punch-downs 
  • Barrel and vessel topping and monitoring  
  • Vineyard work as required over the growing season 
  • Provide support to warehouse and retail 
  • Able to work overtime and evenings as required over harvest  
  • Able to follow verbal and written instructions  
  • Adhering to and upholding all standards set forth by Andrzej and Big Head Wines 

What You Bring: 

  • Certificate, diploma, or degree in winemaking preferred   
  • 1-3 years of experience in wine production 
  • Physically fit and able to lift and carry up to 23kg 
  • Comfortable working on and around ladders, catwalks, uneven flooring; in hot, cold and wet environments; with typical winery chemical exposure and conditions 
  • Forklift certification 
  • Positive attitude and a can-do mentality 
  • Strong attention to detail and communication skills 
  • Self sufficient 
  • Valid driver’s license and own transportation 

What We Bring: 

  • A competitive wage ($18-$22/hour) 
  • Full benefits after 3 months 
  • Employee discount 
  • Access to our External Training program after 3 months 
  • Bi-weekly tasting seminars 
  • Wine allotment at bottling  


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