Job Status: Filled

Assistant Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Planters Ridge Winery Ltd (

  Port Williams, Nova Scotia


Planters Ridge Winery Assistant Winemaker – Full Time

1441 Church Street, Port Williams NS

Assistant Winemaker 

Planters Ridge Winery is a premium artisanal winery in the Annapolis Valley using state of the art equipment to craft our wines.  Growing both vinifera and hybrids with 21 acres of vineyard on 2 sites. We are looking to hire a passionate leader with previous cellar experience who is a graduate of a post-secondary winemaking program. This position is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in all aspects of winemaking and viticulture.  

The successful candidate will have the ability to execute the day-to-day cellar work with minimal supervision, make decisions take the lead, and supervise staff where necessary.  This position could lead to the Winemaker position for the right candidate.

Job Requirements:

• Responsible for daily winemaking activities including, but not limited to, lab work, receiving grapes,  de-stemming, pressing, operation of pumps, filters, temperature controls and bottling in order to meet production requirements and schedules

• Responsible for training and oversight of cellar staff

• Cellar experience is essential

• Conduct laboratory testing throughout the grape growing and winemaking processing

• Participate in wine tastings to evaluate blends and achieve wine style and quality 

• As required/as time permits to assist in all aspects of the vineyard operation including, but not limited to, pruning, tying, tucking, thinning and tractor operation 

• Ensure regular maintenance of winery and lab equipment

• Responsible for a high level of winery building and equipment hygiene and cleanliness while observing all safety rules

• Tractor skills as well as a valid driver’s license

• Maintain written procedures for cellar operations, equipment operation, and safety training

• Generate and maintain written records of grape harvest

• Maintain all records of laboratory tests

• Capable and willing to participate in physically demanding tasks, at times

• Organized with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to multi-task and adapt

•Some customer facing opportunities will be required

• Have efficient understanding of spreadsheet applications (such as Microsoft Excel) for the proper handling/archiving of all data collected in the work environment

• Ability to work long hours when required, including nights and weekends

• Be able to work independently and as part of a team


Planters Ridge Winery offers competitive wages.  Compensation will be determined based on the individual’s education and experience.  An employee benefit plan is available 




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