Job Status: Filled

Harvest Cellar Hand, Nk'Mip Cellars (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Arterra Wines Canada

  Osoyoos, British Columbia

Job Description:

Nk’Mip Cellars; 2016 Intervin Canadian Winery of the Year recipient, is a successful joint venture partnering Arterra Wines Canada with the Osoyoos Indian Band. Featuring premium, award winning VQA wines in the south Okanagan we can offer an aspiring team player, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to immerse yourself into the heart of British Columbia wine country and provide hands on experience with premium VQA wine production.
We are looking for someone to join our team for the 2019 harvest season. We are an estate winery producing premium wines processing around 280 tonnes and are interested in someone who would take control of all routine lab analysis (we ship samples out that require spec analysis) as well as join in on the processing of the grapes and wine. Depending upon the day, an average about 10-30% of time to be spent on lab duties the balance in the cellars. As we are a smaller facility the position demands involvement with all aspects of harvest, sorting, cap management, inoculations, additions, racking’s, transfers, barrel work, and of course the inevitable cleaning and sanitizing.

We are an upbeat group, serious about making the best wine possible – but we still like to enjoy harvest. In addition, we are always willing to discover new methods of production that you may have experienced during your previous employment and will appreciate your feedback on tasting wines as they develop. As you would anticipate there will be various physical demands as well the need to occasionally work long hours and some weekends.

Preference will be given to those who provide a detailed application including a cover letter outlining your experience and industry ambitions.

The Role:

Your key responsibilities and duties are as follows:

  • Grape Processing: Grape and Juice Reception, Destemming, Crushing, and Pressing
  • Fermentation Management: Inoculations, Nutrient Additions, Sampling, Pump Overs, Punch Downs, Sugar Monitoring, and Digging Out of Fermenters
  • Cellar Work: Barrel Work, Racking, Product Transfers, Product Blending, and Product Additions
  • Cellar Sanitation: Tank & Barrel Cleaning, and general cleaning of facility and winery equipment
  • Support all Basic Lab Analysis
  • Follow all safety procedures as directed by standard operating procedures
  • Work Order Completion and Compliance
  • Safe Operation of Cellar Forklift and Other Winery Equipment (Training Provided)
  • Inventory Control

Job Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent required
  • Motivated and passionate about the wine industry
  • Strong commitment to quality with attention to detail.
  • Candidate must be hands on, dependable, and self-starting.
  • Good problem solving abilities along with basic logistic skills required.
  • Ability to be trained in confined space entry process and procedures.
  • Teamwork and customer service skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain an organized work place.
  • Ability to lift 55 lbs.
  • Willing to work long hours, shift work, and overtime if necessary
  • Prior experience and relevant education preferred, but not a necessity
  • Practicum students welcome to apply

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