Job Status: Filled

Assistant Winemaker - Niagara Falls Cellars (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Arterra Wines Canada

  Niagara Falls, Ontario

Job Description

Arterra Wines Canada is Canada’s leading producer and marketer of wine and wine related products, with operations in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. The company’s portfolio includes great brands like Jackson Triggs, Inniskillin, Ruffino, Robert Mondavi and Meomi.  We offer a wide range of exciting career opportunities in sales, marketing, operations, production, finance and administration. 


  • Attend Daily production and Cellar Work Planning meeting
  • Updates team on cellar boards in progress
  • Winemaking Roadmaps -  Plan on boards and provide to Cellarmen the WT's
  • Schedule incoming and shipping tankers/containers
  • Issue WT and BOL's; NPD's
  • Coordinate sample shipments to Marketing if requested
  • RM's - Segregate ingredient and oak demands for harvest as calculated by winemakers, evaluate against current inventory and request PO's to be issued for the required differences;
  • Issue SNCR
  • Wine System -Manage to 100% accuracy the tiering of VQA and domestic wines
  • Post processing WT's if requested by Winemaker 


  • Monitoring & Actions - Responsible with SO2 adjustments following winemakers targets
  • Analysis - Manage Top Sampling program - coordinate sampling with Plant Cleaner
  • Review top sampling results for all wines and advise the winemaker responsible if any VA, unhealthy storage conditions or low SO2 levels are observed
  • Tastings - Setup imports tasting for the week & Taste imported wines for the week; maintain QC/NP report for imports
  • Plan on boards and request samples to be taken for monthly tastings
  • Taste incoming bulk wines evaluate chemistry for unloading approval - approve unloading
  • Plan vintage cleaner / sampler board samples to be taken for monthly tastings
  • Samples management within tasting room
  • VQA Approvals - Assist winemakers in sample preparation
  • GMP - review, Assess and prioritize GMP for NFC Cellar 


  • Trial Blends - Assist in planning of processing requirements, Issue work tickets for processing
  • Bottling Approvals - Address BA issues on afternoon shift when Winemaker not present
  • Issue additions
  • Taste for BA
  • Collect reference samples from library 


  • Cellar work - Schedule and issue daily boards to Cellarmen based on WT's from winemakers
  • Communicate schedule and follow-ups to larger Winemarker or Ops teams
  • Manage finished work tickets and ensure each job is complete
  • In absence of Cellar Supervisor manage and issue PO for lees removal pumping services 


  • Ontario Regulations- Ensure adherence to VQA regulations and AGCO Wine Content and Labeling Act
  • Submit LCBO applications for incoming bulk
  • Federal Regulations - Ensure adherence to Food and Drug act

Job Requirements


  • Good organisational skills with an ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Strong time management and organization skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Good problem solving abilities and committed to meeting deadlines
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Fast learner
  • Team player


  • Requires work in Shifts
  • Longer working hours during harvest and business requirements.
  • Almost continuously sitting in the same position or standing/ walking. 
  • Frequent requirement to lift / handle material or equipment of moderate weight.
  • Occasional exposure to factors such as temperature extremes, moving machinery, noise, and fumes which cause noticeable discomfort.
  • Regular need to give close attention, either hearing or seeing, to what is happening.
  • Work and environment are very repetitious / unchanging. 
  • There is noticeable pressure from deadlines, production quotas, accuracy or similar demands. 
  • Unpleasant contacts and/or concern about unpleasant situations are probable.


  • 2 years winery cellar / vineyard experience 

Arterra Wines Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with differing abilities. 
Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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