Winemaker/Production Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Esquimalt Wine Company / Rootside Soda (http://www.rootsideprovisions.com)

  Victoria, British Columbia

Winemaker/Production Manager

Esquimalt Wine Company / Rootside Soda

We’re a small, expanding winery/soda-factory located in Esquimalt, BC. We make award-winning, Vermouth, Quinquina and Sangria alongside our non-alcoholic Rootside Sodas (Ginger Beer, Tonic Water, Root Beer, Lemonade). We’re looking to expand further into cider, mead and other wonderful things along with producing the base wines for all our aperitif wine styles. 

If weird wine and botanicals are your thing, we want to talk to you!

To date, the owners, Quinn and Michela, have handled all of our productions from start to finish. However, we’re finally at the point were we’d like to hand over the wine/soda/mead making reins to someone even more skilled than ourselves to take our company to the next level. 

We’re looking for someone to operate and manage the production of all our products for both our brands - Rootside Soda and Esquimalt Wine Company. 

At the beginning, you’ll be working directly with Quinn and Michela to learn the ins and out of how to make all our current products. Once you’ve got that under your belt, we’ll be further expanding our production team under your leadership.

Outside of our core product range, we want to make more vermouth, mead, cider, and wine. We want to give you the creative freedom to dive deep into all these categories and just simply make things that taste really good!

The role:

Production scheduling/planning

Ordering/budgeting

Performing cellar activities such as racking, blending, filtration, bottling and packaging

Fermentation

Ageing 

Product development

Strategic planning

Warehouse management

Cleaning/CIP

Hiring

Solve technical/processing problems as they arise

Quality control and laboratory analysis 

Inventory management 

 

The requirements:

Experience in a commercial winery, distillery, or cidery

High level of understanding of fermentation and yeast management 

Master of the tri-clamp

Incredible attention to cleanliness and sanitization 

Understand how to operate and maintain production equipment including forklift, chiller, pumps, bright tank, keg cleaner, bottler, pasteurizer etc.

Develop and establish new SOP’s as we expand

Physically fit and able to lift 25kg

Driver’s license

Good attitude!

Ferocious desire to learn, create and self-educate 

 

Bonus points:

Experience with HACCP protocols

Willingness to do occasional public facing events

Botanical expertise

Interest in foraging and native species 

Formal education in enology/brewing/distilling etc

 

Please apply with a resume and cover letter via email

 

Full-time, salary - $50,000 annually before taxes

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