Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Arterra Wines Canada

  Niagara on the Lake, 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. As a part of the Arterra team, employees are encouraged to improve their skills and performance throughout their careers through various professional and educational development programs. Arterra provides a robust onboarding program in addition to ongoing training initiatives to help employees integrate into the organization quickly and maximize their growth potential. 

Position Summary:

Lead, manage and ensure compliance to the production of wine/sparkling products, VQA and GMP programs and aligned to short and long-term goals of estate winemaking team.   Continually seek both quality and cost opportunities to benefit the products and the business and liaise and align to a variety of internal stake-holders including Viticulture, Marketing, Sales, Finance and Supply chain.  Work with the national winemaking team to establish best practices and learning’s while being responsible to lead the estate operations team with responsibilities for budgeting, health & safety, environment and human resource activities. 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Ensure quality standard and brand style objectives for some and/or all varietals within the brand, assist in developing new products.  Effective wine-maintenance and ensure facility cleanliness. 
  • Partner with Marketing to support strategy for marketing the brand  Manage winery capacity utilization, barrel management and vintage intake                                                 
  • Stay current on industry trends and implement new winemaking technology, interact with vendors to exploit winemaking technology  Ensure compliance with VQA & CVA regulations   
  • Ensure site delivers defined wine objectives and meets quality expectations and ensure the execution of the bottling schedule, Method traditional bottling, disgorging and labelling
  • Oversee and coordinate all winemaking process and scheduling        Recommend and implement bottle aged and release timing for all products                             
  • Establish challenging goals / assignments to grow and develop the team       
  • Train and develop direct reports on winemaking procedures and winemaking techniques 
  • Under the guidance of PR, conduct interviews with the press as needed                                     
  • Deliver brand presentations to distributor groups with a charismatic and professional approach as needed
Job Requirements
Education/Experience/Technical/Specialized Skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Biology/Chemistry/Winemaking/Viticulture or any related science discipline.
  • BS in Food Science, Oenology, (micro)Biology or Chemistry
  • Greater than 3 years experience in winemaking 
  • Experience in Sparkling wine production
  • Knowledge of winemaking techniques and viticultural practices
  • Knowledge of Cellar, Lab, Bottling and Vineyard Operations
  • Intermediate Knowledge of facilities maintenance as it pertains to consumables (Biological, Physical or Chemical risks)
  • Proficient computer skill (Excel, Outlook, Word, LIMS, JDE)

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