Junior Winemaker & Cider Maker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Muskoka Lakes Winery (http://www.cranberry.ca)

  Bala, Ontario

Join a dynamic and innovative winery in Muskoka! We’re looking for an energetic and passionate winemaker to craft and develop wines and ciders with a Muskoka terroir. We’re a unique cranberry farm, specializing in wines and cider made from indigenous fruit. Current production is approximately 140,000 litres of wine annually, sold onsite, through the LCBO and overseas. We are a family owned and operated business offering flexibility, collaboration and variety to someone with the passion and drive to grow with us.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Make delicious wines and ciders! (fermentation, racking, filtering, blending, bottling etc)
  • Work with production manager to ensure production and scheduling targets are met
  • Research & order supplies & ingredients
  • Lead innovative product development
  • Plan & conduct trials & experiments
  • Conduct regular lab analysis of products
  • Collaborate with sales to conduct info sessions, gather feedback and enter competitions
  • Collaborate with Production Manager to achieve packing and quality targets for wine, cranberries, and maple syrup
  • Keep excellent records for traceability
  • Monitor, edit and author standard operating procedures

Resources at your Disposal

  • 860 hectoliters of stainless-steel tank capacity
  • Manual bottling line with capacity > 1 case per minute
  • Forklift and 40 + pallet positions of warehouse space
  • Wine lab station with laptop and analysis machines (acidity, SO2, residual sugar)
  • One meeting per week with a winemaking consultant with decades of experience
  • Owner/original winemaker available for consultation
  • Sommelier on staff


  • Post-secondary qualifications in wine making or a Bachelor of Science, mandatory
  • Sound computer knowledge and detail oriented toward record keeping
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Critical thinking/ problem-solving abilities
  • Food safety training, an asset

Working conditions

  • Reports to Production Manager
  • Working conditions & work hours vary seasonally. Weekend work is required when behind on production schedule. Four-day work weeks possible when ahead.
  • Supervision varies from working alone to collaborating as part of a packaging team of 10.
  • This job takes place mostly indoors.
  • This job is physically demanding, requiring heavy lifting, and bending

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