Assistant Distiller (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Wayne Gretzky Estates (

  Niagara on the Lake, Ontario


At Andrew Peller Limited (APL), we deliver the perfect brand experience for every lifestyle, occasion, and generation. Through collaboration, open communication, honesty, drive to win, and accountability, we inspire teammates to be extraordinary every day.

Who We Are

We are one of Canada's largest and oldest wine companies with a rich heritage in quality winemaking.

We produce some of Canada's most recognized brands and offer our teammates a challenging and rewarding employment experience.


We are seeking an energetic, experienced, and highly motivated Assistant Distiller to join our team at Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country. The 23,000-square foot facility nestled amongst the grapevines is the first combined winery and distillery in Ontario. Having the Wayne Gretzky winery, distillery & brewery under the same roof allows the team to execute a unique portfolio of products. From beer brewed from the same grains as whisky, to whisky finished in Ice wine and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels to Estate-exclusive artisanal craft wine spirits!

Reporting into the Head Brewer & Distiller, the Assistant Distiller is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the distillery in Niagara on the Lake with the goal of producing innovative spirits of the highest quality.

We are looking for a teammate with:

  • University/College education'with a focus on formal brewing/distilling education an asset
  • Minimum 2-3 years' experience in beverage alcohol production--preference working with distilled spirits
  • Experience in distilling, evaluating spirit and making cuts as well gin recipe innovation from research to production
  • Mechanical aptitude working with Pumps, Product transfers, Cookers, Fermenters, Pot Still, Continuous Distillation
  • Experience working in a fast-paced production environment; excellent communication and organizational skills a requirement
  • Ability to self-manage and successfully handle a variety of priorities and responsibilities
  • Continuous Improvement mindset (HACCP, sanitation, safety, efficiency)
  • Ability to work varied shifts, long hours on occasion, including weekends as required
  • Experience operating a Forklift

This teammate will be accountable for:

  • Daily operation of the distillery including the management of daily tasks (mashing, fermentation, distillation)
  • Supporting the Head Brewer & Distiller in innovation development, including setting up and running various trials as well as adding creativity to the process
  • Managing distillery production schedule and purchasing raw ingredients and inventory for production, as well maintaining stock of a dry goods and ingredients
  • Working with the Quality team ensuring products meets quality specifications
  • Supporting the Head Brewer & Distiller occasionally participating in tours and PR events
  • Data entry into the liquid management system for transfers, distillations, mashes etc.
  • Scheduling the Transportation of Dangerous Goods and associated paperwork; maintain distilling and operations records ensuring compliance with regulatory reporting and licensing requirements
  • Working with Engineers to redefine the operation of the distillery to streamline processes
  • Running alcohol analysis coming from the still to meet government regulations
  • Ensures a safety-first culture by supporting all legislative and company Health and Safety policies and procedures and reports all unsafe working conditions / hazards to the Head Distiller


*Please submit a detailed resume outlining your qualifications no later than October 29, 2021


We are conducting an internal and external search simultaneously. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest; only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In addition, per our "Internal Job Posting Policy"; internal candidates should be in their current position for one (1) year and their performance must be in good standing.


Andrew Peller Limited is committed to meeting the needs of persons with temporary and/or permanent disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We are happy to discuss any need for accommodation in the workplace and will make an effort to meet those needs a timely manner by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility in the areas of information, communications, and employment.

How To Apply

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