Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Lunessence Winery (

  SUMMERLAND, British Columbia

About Us:

Lunessence Winery and Vineyards is a boutique premium winery in Summerland, in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Since the property was purchased in 2014 we have made a commitment to sustainable vineyard and winemaking practices. We currently produce approx. 5,000 cases annually, producing all of the wines at the Summerland estate winery, complete with our own bottling and labelling lines. We have a 6 acre estate vineyard site, from which we are looking to start making premium single vineyard, small lot wines of distinction. We also work with a small number of independent grape growing partners, that provide the fruit to make unique wines from different sites in the valley.

The Position: 

The Winemaker is responsible for the direction and leadership of the winemaking team, working collaboratively with the owners, the viticulturist, the general manager and assistant winemaker to produce exceptional wines. This is an opportunity to join a young winery and help define the identity of Lunessence wines over the coming vintages. We will also be planting a new site immediately next door in the Spring of 2020, so this is an opportunity to play a role in the design, varietal selection and plans for a new vineyard.

The Candidate:

 We are seeking an energetic team player with a passion for making exceptional wines. Successful candidate will require:

  • Executing day to day operations of the cellar at the winery in Summerland
  •  Working as part of leadership team in setting company directions and strategies
  • Prepare and implement bottling and labeling plans for each wine
  • Manage and maintain all winemaking equipment, machinery and facilities, including the winery production building
  • Ability to negotiate contracts and evaluate vineyards for grape purchases
  • Ability and willingness to represent the winery at professional conferences, winery sponsored events and assist with media and sales visits
  • Support in the tasting room and attend marketing events and visits when necessary

Position requirements

  • Must be a team player
  • Communication in English (written and verbal) a necessity
  • Strong supervisory skills and ability to work alone
  • Record keeping, inventory recording, ordering supplies, providing reports and submissions to BC VQA
  • Prepare wine descriptions and wine technical sheets
  • Advanced wine tasting and sensory skills 

Education, Qualifications and special skills

  • Degree in winemaking/viticulture or a wine related field
  • Forklift Safety Certification
  • Lab experience essential
  • Clean, orderly work ethic
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as an Assistant Winemaker or Winemaker
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Experience with and a strong knowledge of viticulture




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