Director Of Winemaking (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  ENCORE Vineyards (

  TIME Winery - Penticton, British Columbia

ENCORE Vineyards; a progressive Okanagan-based wine company that owns and manages TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars, and McWatters Collection is seeking a Director of Winemaking.

TIME winery is a fully operational winery, tasting bar, and guest experience centre located in the heart of wine country in downtown Penticton. The McWatters Collection is a small, exclusive offering of wines; a legacy label that celebrates the McWatters family and its role in forming the BC wine industry, and Evolve Cellars offers approachable, bright, delicious and affordable wines at a welcoming guest experience at its stunning, lakefront Summerland location.

The Director of Winemaking role is a key member of the leadership team and is responsible for creating a premium product from vineyard to bottle. The winemaker oversees the daily operations of production, from harvest to final blending and bottling. The role is also responsible for the quality and overall style of each wine. 

Roles and Responsibilities

·      Executing all winemaking associated tasks such as fermentation, barrel work, racking, berry and juice sampling and tasting, sanitation, transfers, preparing wines for bottling

·      Develop and manage operating budgets, wine costing budgets, and capital budgets to meet sales targets and operational goals

·      Recording daily reports of winery happenings and work completed

·      Manage the inventory and supply of winemaking materials

·      Management of bulk wine and finished goods inventory

·      Record keeping for bottling, audits etc.

·      Laboratory analysis

·      VQA Submissions

·      Development of written safety protocols and procedures and implementation of programs

·      Preventative maintenance on winery equipment (i.e. press, pumps, sorting tables etc.)

·      Sampling and organizing tastings and recording data obtained

·      Staying current on industry trends, recommending new techniques and technologies and having a vested interest in furthering knowledge about new scientific developments

·      Liaise with all contracted growers

Qualities and Qualifications

·      Degree/Diploma in Oenology and Viticulture

·      Experience in cellar operations/management

·      Minimum 8 years’ wine making experience with 2+ years in management role

·      Exceptional leadership skills

·      Must have a proven track record in high-quality ultra-premium table wines

·      Sparkling wines, including traditional method and Charmat

  • Excellent organizational and time-management skill

·      Strong financial management and budgeting skills

·      Ability to the represent the winery and the brand at public events

·      Media savvy

·      Must have prior lab technician experience

·      Strong computer skills and literate in Microsoft Office

·      Skilled in writing reports and data collection

·      attention to detail

·      Ability to handle physical work

·      Superior problem solving abilities

·      Highly organized

·      An entrepreneurial spirit and be a self-starter within a compact team

·      Excellent communication skills

·      Willing to work long hours when needed

·      Ability to lift 50 pounds

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