Cellar Intern / Lab intern - Inniskillin (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Arterra Wines Canada

  Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

As Canada’s original estate winery, we're an industry pioneer committed to the production of premium wines made from quality grapes grown in Canada for over 35 years. With wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, we're leading the way with our full collection of world renowned, award-winning VQA table wines and Icewines crafted by progressive, artisanal winemakers

Position: Cellar Intern / Lab intern 
Start date: Beginning of September 2019 thru to November 2019  
Reporting to: Bruce Nicholson – Winemaker and Nicholas Gizuk- Assistant Winemaker 

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Crushing and Receiving grapes- we average 1200 tons a year. You will see medium scale grape receiving and processing, running the crusher/de-stemmer and receiving hopper.
  • Additions-  will be a huge task, you will gain experience with multiple types of additions for juice, must, ferments and possibly finished wines.
  • Inoculations- You will be ask to aid in or complete inoculations with proper training and guidance from our staff.
  • Pump overs /pulse air – We maintain a daily cap management sheet, we use a pulse air system for that majority of our reds, automatic punchdown tanks, rotating fermenters and we still do manual punchdowns in bins.
  • Barrel work – You could be involved in barrel maintenance, sulphur, cleaning, rehydrating, filling and storing of red/white barrels. We still manage quite a large barrel room. Could be involved in receiving/ preparing new barrels for production.
  • Daily fermentation checks-  you will be involved in check tank temps, barrel ferment checks, red fermenters and bins and reporting to the winemaking team any issues and concerns.
  • Cleaning – Cleaning is a huge part of making great wine!! We strive to keep everything as clean as possible always. You will be trained in cleaning various sized tanks, totes, bins, crushing equipment, barrels, floors.
  • Questions- We encourage anyone to ask questions, you will be working alongside some experienced people, we want you to gain something out of it. No question is too silly, we will always answer 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Highly motivated to work hard, enthusiastic and passionate about wine
  • Willing to learn basic winemaking techniques and procedures
  • Need to be punctual, organized, willing to go above and beyond
  • Driver’s license, and own transportation required
  • Fluent in English, 2nd language is an asset.
  • Forklift license an asset 

Other Considerations: such as onsite accommodations, competitive advantages of this winery or important details to note

  • We have a few pieces of newer wine technology student will get to see and possibly trained on.
  • Large 8 membrane crossflow filter
  • Juclas ceramic disk lees filter 10m2 unit       

Compensation Information: (this can be contingent on applicant’s experience)

  • Harvest schedule – we run a split shift during the harvest, Days and afternoons, shifts will be 8-10 hours depending on work load. We do pay overtime after 44 hours
  • Harvest pay will depend on experience for the cellars, we are willing to train but all candidates from Niagara college should have a general understanding of equipment and cellar procedures from volunteering in the teaching winery.

How To Apply

Detailed information about how and to whom candidates should apply:

All candidates are to send resumes to Bruce Nicholson bruce.nicholson@arterracanada.com and copy Nick Gizuk at nick.gizuk@inniskillin.com

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