Assistant Winemaker, Culmina Family Estate Winery (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Arterra Wines Canada

  Oliver, British Columbia

Job Description:

We are currently recruiting for a detail orientated, quality focused, passionate team player to fill the position of Assistant Winemaker at Culmina Family Estate Winery located on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, BC.

A love and appreciation for the craft of making fine wine underscores every detail at Culmina Family Estate Winery and is embedded in all that we do, from the vineyard to the cellar.

Our winemaking philosophy revolves around two principles: gentle handling of fruit and minimal intervention of wine. We employ a combination of traditional practices and leading-edge technologies to preserve the beautiful, natural character of our wines.

The Role:

As Assistant Winemaker you will work in partnership with our Estate Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Jean-Marc Enixon and will ensure wine quality is maintained at all stages of the winemaking process.

Your key responsibilities and duties are as follows:

  • Day to day cellar and winery management; support winemaker with writing, distribution and completion of work orders and updating cellar management system (P2w) as required.
  • Oversee and perform all cellar work in a hands on manner for all aspects from racking to filtration.
  • Ensure a clean, organized, well-maintained and safe cellar and winery
  • Perform and/or schedule all required lab work, review and recommend follow up action
  • Responsible for calculating and performing SO2 adjustments to winemakers targets
  • Management of winery supplies, components and other items as required.
  • Harvest Coordination & Leadership (People & Wine)
    • Grape receiving, crushing, pressing and wine production operations
    • Leadership, supervision and coaching of seasonal harvest crew
  • Support Vineyard operations and grape growing as needed.
  • Support bottling and packaging as needed
  • Assist in educational tastings and tours of the facility when needed and available
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the winemaking process and procedures

Job Requirements:

  • Post Graduate Diploma or Degree in Oenology and Viticulture
  • 3-5 years winery cellar/vineyard experience
  • Strong understanding and ability to use technology
  • Valid Forklift Operator Certificate an Asset
  • Level I or II First Aid Certificate an Asset
  • Strong commitment to quality with attention to detail.
  • Results orientated with an ability to prioritize
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Candidate must be hands on, dependable, and self-starting.
  • Knowledge and proven ability to follow safe cellar practices and operating procedures
  • Ability to be trained in confined space entry process and procedures.
  • Teamwork and customer service skills.
  • Ability to work shift work including weekends (Specifically during Harvest) 
  • Ability to understand and perform mathematic calculations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain an organized workplace.
  • Ability to lift 55 lbs.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary and bonus
  • Benefits and Pension Plan
  • Product Allowances & Safe Ride Home Program
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Training & Development Programs
  • An opportunity to grow in the world of wine

Number of Openings: 1

We are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that reflects the diverse population it serves and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We are also committed to preventing and removing barriers to employment for people with disabilities, and we invite you to inform us should you have any accessibility or accommodation needs.

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