Cellar Master (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  CheckMate Artisanal Winery (http://www.checkmatewinery.com)

  Oliver, British Columbia


Cellar Master

CheckMate Artisanal Winery

Oliver, British Columbia

Employment: Permanent Position with a Comprehensive Benefits Package


At Checkmate, exceptional wines are patiently crafted using time honoured techniques, with an emphasis on hand work in the vineyard and the winery.  Established in 2013, Checkmate has quickly established a reputation for the production of some of North America’s most highly acclaimed wines.

CheckMate Artisanal Winery is looking for a passionate, self-starter and committed individual to join us as a Cellar Master to assist with all aspects of the winemaking process in a modern artisanal winemaking facility. 

Want to know more? You will…  

Coordinate, execute, and monitor all aspects of cellar activities – with a strong emphasis on attention to detail.

·         Ferment management (temperature control, inoculation, cap management, monitoring nutrient status, punch downs and pump overs);

·         Identifying and reducing potential microbial issues – grapes, must, and bulk wine

·         Grape processing, fermentations, pressings, racking, transfers, blending, topping, wine aging, wine treatments, bottling, barrel maintenance and sanitation;

·         Operating pneumatic presses, destemmers, punch down systems, pump over systems, barrel washers, ozone machines, pumps, heating & cooling systems, solenoids, control stats, draining and pressing by gravity, gravity wine movements;

Assist in monitoring of the qualitative and analytical states of all wines.

Ensure presentation, organization and sanitation of the cellars is always of the highest standard.

Assist with bottling (as required) –labour requirements, finished goods shipping, production records and any other related details.

Execute the shipping and receiving of goods from and to bottled-wine warehouse.

Must haves:

·         University degree in Oenology/Winemaking or applicable Science Related Field (preferred); Diploma in Oenology/Winemaking or applicable Science Related field (minimum requirement) would be an asset.

·         Minimum of 2 harvest experiences, preferably one international.

·         Experience fruit processing Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietals

·         Proficient in operation of all production equipment.

·         Must have complete knowledge of the operation and correct application of cellar equipment.

·         Valid driver’s license.

·         Forklift driving experience (fruit processing, loading/unloading flatbed trucks and barrel stacking).

·         Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at one time.

·         Strong computer literacy experienced with MS Office and the ability to learn and use company wine inventory system (VAHL).

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills.

If you’re looking for a winery where you can develop your skills, connect with industry leaders, and be a part of making some of the highest quality wines in Canada, this could be the role for you! 


Please submit your application to careers@checkmatewinery.com

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